The Documentary is the debut studio album by American rapper The Game, released on January 18, 2005, through Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit Records and Interscope Records. After recovering from a shooting in late 2001, The Game pursued a rap career and was discovered by Dr. Dre who signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label. The album, which is his major label debut, includes production provided by high-profile producers such as Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Timbaland and more. The album features several prominent guest appearances, including 50 Cent, Eminem, Nate Dogg and Faith Evans, among others. This was The Game's only album on Aftermath and G-Unit Records. He left the label after a feud began between him and fellow G-Unit labelmate 50 Cent.
The Documentary debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 586,000 units in the first week. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album two times platinum in March 2005 and it sold over five million copies worldwide. Upon its release, The Documentary received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the album's production. Since the album's release, The Game has been credited as a driving force in reviving the West Coast hip hop scene, which had been overshadowed by artists from the East, Midwest and South.
A sequel to the album, The Documentary 2, was announced on June 16, 2014, and is set to be released on August 7, 2015, with Dr. Dre returning as executive producer, as well as Just Blaze and Scott Storch.