GET TO KNOW THE GAME
The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, is an American rapper and actor best known for his contributions to the West Coast hip-hop scene as a rapper. His efforts have helped to re-establish the West Coast hip-hop scene, and he is regarded as a formidable competitor to his East Coast counterparts. He rose to prominence after joining veteran rapper Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.
He rose to prominence with the success of his debut album, 'The Documentary,' and has since had sustained success. His second album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 list in the United States. In addition to music, he has appeared in films and co-founded 'The Black Wall Street Records with his half-brother George Taylor.
Growing up, the rapper had a horrible childhood and had to work really hard just to live. Despite his troubled childhood and run-ins with the law, he had a hidden talent for music and became interested in rapping while recovering in the hospital after being shot. He chose to abandon his previous way of life and seek a career in rap. He began studying the rap albums of well-known artists and became immersed in hip-hop music.
During his five months of recuperation, he honed his free-styling abilities and devised plans for breaking into the entertainment sector. Dr. Dre took him under his wing and coached him after observing his abilities and devotion. And, as they say, the rest is history!
Childhood & Early Life :
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known as The Game, was born on November 29, 1979, in Los Angeles, California, to George Taylor and Lynette Taylor.
He grew up in Compton, a small but notorious Los Angeles neighborhood known for its crime. He belonged to the Bloods, an African-American street gang.
He had a difficult upbringing because both of his parents were drug users. Jayceon was placed in foster care at the age of seven after his father allegedly assaulted his sisters. When he was 13, one of his elder brothers was shot and killed.
He was taken from foster care at the age of 15 and reconnected with his mother, with whom he had a strained relationship. He attended Compton High School and excelled in sports such as basketball and track.
He said that after graduating, he went to Washington State University on a basketball scholarship, but was soon dismissed after being discovered with narcotics. However, the institution refuted this assertion.
By the year 2000, he was completely immersed in the crime-ridden "street life," mingling with gangs and peddling narcotics. He was shot once and was in a coma for three days. During his recovery, he developed a strong interest in music and rap. He made the decision to abandon his previous way of life and reconstruct his life with the assistance of music.
The Game's debut mixtape, titled 'You Know What It Is Vol. 1,' was published in 2002 by The Black Wall Street Records, which he co-founded with his half-brother George, also known as Big Fase. Get Low Recordz signed him to a record deal. Dr. Dre noticed him a few months later and signed him to his business Aftermath Entertainment in 2003.
Interscope Records and Dr. Dre sent Game to work with 50 Cent and G-Unit to popularize him in 2003. Game's debut cameo in a music video, 'In da Club,' for 50 Cent, was a smash. Since then, he has appeared in several music videos for 50 Cent, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Fabolous.
While planning for his debut album, he made advertisements for Sean John apparel and promoted Boost Mobile. He also appeared on G-Unit and Green Lantern mixtapes. His big label debut song 'Westside Story' was published in September 2004, followed by the release of 'Untold Story' in October, which was a smash and sold over 82,000 copies in the first three months.
His debut album, 'The Documentary,' was a huge success when it was released in January 2005. Originally named 'Nigga Wit An Attitude Volume 1,' he was forced to change the title owing to an injunction brought by the widow of another rapper. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent produced it.
Despite his immense success, Game became embroiled in feuds with other rappers like Cent and G-Unit, which led to his departure from Aftermath. Geffen Records signed him in 2006. With a star-studded partnership, he began production on his second studio album, 'Doctor's Advocate.' Prior to its November 2006 release, he released two singles: 'It's Okay (One Blood)' in July and 'Let's Ride' in September. 'Doctor's Advocate' was also a huge success.
His next studio album, 'LAX,' was released in 2008. It opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, trailing only Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone." In June 2009, he released a song called "Better on the Other Side" as an homage to Michael Jackson, who had died a few days before. Game rejoined Aftermath Entertainment in early 2010, and 'The R.E.D. Album' was released in August 2011. He released a mixtape named 'Operation Kill Everything' in October 2012.
After a few moniker modifications, he ultimately settled on 'Jesus Piece,' which was released in December 2012. He added that the subject of 'Jesus Piece' is not spiritual, but rather a gangster concept of having fun while believing in God. It reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and sold 86,000 copies in its first week in the United States.
He was signed to Cash Money Records in October 2013, and in 2014, he participated with other Cash Money artists on the compilation album 'Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf.' In October 2015, his next studio album, 'Documentary 2', a sequel to 'The Documentary,' was released. Dr. Dre made a cameo appearance on the album. Game and Skrillex also worked together on the song 'El Chapo,' which was released in October 2015.
He resolved his 12-year rivalry with 50 Cent in August 2016, and the two agreed to put their problems behind them. In September 2016, Game released '92 Bars,' a diss track directed at rapper Meek Mill.
Major Works :
'The Documentary' is without a doubt The Game's greatest effort to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, was the 10th best-selling album in the United States in 2005, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. 'Doctor's Advocate,' his second studio album, is another of his great masterpieces. His 'The R.E.D. Album,' which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 98,000 units in its first week, was likewise a huge hit.
Awards & Achievements :
In 2005, The Game won the World Music Award for World's Best Selling New Male Artist. In March 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America certified 'The Documentary' as double platinum.
In 2006, he received two major award nominations: Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for 'Hate It or Love It.'
Personal Life :
The Game was formerly engaged to actress Valeisha Butterfield, the daughter of US Congressman GK Butterfield, but the relationship ended in June 2006.
He dated Tiffney Cambridge, a sixth-grade teacher after his engagement was called off. Despite an eight-year romance, no marriage preparations developed. He has three children, all of whom were featured on his VH1 show 'Marrying The Game.' Harlem Caron Taylor is one of his offspring.
The Game has been involved in a number of legal matters. In 2005, he was sued for attacking a fan. The same year, he was detained for disruptive conduct at a mall. He was arrested in 2007 for threatening someone with a pistol. On assault and weapons charges, he was sentenced to 60 days in prison and 150 hours of community service in 2008.
He was denied admission to Canada in 2011 due to claimed links to the Bloods. In 2016, he was accused of sexually abusing Priscilla Rainey, a participant in 'She Got Game.'