Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979),
better known by his stage name Game, formerly The Game, is an American
rapper. As a member of G-Unit, he rose to fame in 2005 with the success
of his debut album, The Documentary, which earned him two Grammy nominations.
Since then, he is considered to be a driving force in bringing back
the West Coast hip hop scene into the mainstream and competing with
many of his East Coast counterparts.
Aside from releasing two albums that debuted at number one on the
Billboard 200, Game has gained notoriety for involvement in feuds
with other rappers. His music falls under the gangsta rap sub genre,
a style of hip hop popularized in Compton, California.
Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor in Los Angeles, California
and grew up in Compton, California in a primarily Crip gang neighborhood
known as Santana Blocc, although he grew up to become a member
of the Bloods. In an October 2006 interview with MTV News correspondent
Sway Calloway, Game described his family as "dysfunctional" and
claimed that his father molested one of his sisters. He graduated
from Compton High School in 1999. It was then that he started
fully embracing street life and turned towards selling drugs and
running with gangs. In 2008, the Tacoma, Washington newspaper
The News Tribune reported that Game's claim that he briefly played
college basketball at Washington State was fictional. At the
age of 18, he began to follow his older half brother, George Taylor
III, known as Big Fase 100, who was the leader of the Cedar Block
Studying various influential rap albums, Game developed a strategy
to become a rapper himself and with help from Big Fase, they founded
The Black Wall Street Records. The label originally featured such
artists as Glasses Malone, Vita, and Nu Jerzey Devil, along with
Game himself. His stage name was coined by his grandmother.
Game first gained prominence when he attended a hip-hop summit hosted
by Russell Simmons and Louis Farrakhan, releasing his first mixtape
You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002, followed by a record deal with
the independent label, Get Low Recordz owned by JT the Bigga Figga.
Originally Sean Combs of Bad Boy Records was going to sign him to
his label, but Game's mixtape found the attention of famed producer
Dr. Dre, who signed him to Aftermath Entertainment in 2003. In
October 2004, he released his first album Untold Story through Get
Low Recordz, which sold over 82,000 copies within its first three
months. The album featured artists like Sean T, Young Noble (of
the Outlawz), and JT the Bigga Figga. Game also appeared on various
mixtapes hosted by DJ's such as DJ Kayslay, DJ Whoo Kid, and DJ Clue.
Game also released a second mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 2 through
his own record label and appeared on the video game NBA Live 2004
on a song produced by Fredwreck called "Can't Stop Me".
Rapper Joe Budden mocked Game's appearance on the dating game show
Change of Heart. Game has consistently defended his appearance
on the show. Later, at a party in New York, the rappers mutually
announced their intention to stop making hostile records about each
Major label debut
With Kool G Rap (left) in New York, November 2004
In 2004 Dr Dre was passed Game's demo CD by D-Mack and had been
suitably impressed. According to Aftermath A&R Angelo Sanders
in an interview with HitQuarters, when Dre then met him, "[He]
saw the swagger in him and thought he could do something with him."
Game was signed to Aftermath Entertainment only a week later through
a joint deal with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records. Although originally signed
as an artist, Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre decided
to have Game also work with 50 Cent and G-Unit. The arrangement was
to help build a growing buzz around Game which would also fuel interest
in G-Unit. Since then, he made numerous cameo appearances in music
videos by 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and Fabolous, first appearing
on the music video of "In da Club", dancing with a girl.
His first single "Westside Story" was released in 2004.
The original title of the album was Nigga Wit' An Attitude Volume
1 (as heard in the lyrics to "Dreams"), but an injunction
filed at the request of Eazy-E's widow prevented him from using N.W.A.'s
name in the album title. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent were executive producers
on Game's major label debut album, The Documentary, which spawned
the hit singles "How We Do" and "Hate It or Love It" (the
latter receiving two Grammy nominations). The album debuted at
number one on the Billboard 200 and was the tenth best selling album
of 2005 in the United States. It also debuted at number seven
in the United Kingdom and sold over five million copies worldwide.
Lil Eazy-E, a young rapper and son of rapper the late Eazy-E, entered
a feud with Game. The two used to be close associates and even recorded
music together. Lil' Eazy-E has since directed numerous diss songs
targeting the rapper and expressed his anger over what he felt was
Game misusing his father's name. Game responded by claiming that
Lil' Eazy-E was trying to establish himself off the success he had
made since releasing The Documentary. Game responded on "120
Bars" where he claimed that Lil' Eazy-E does not write his own
lyrics. However, Game states on the same track that he would
rather not feud with Lil' Eazy-E due to the deep respect he feels
for his father. Lil' Eazy-E later responded with "They Know
Me". On October 30, 2006, Game went on KDAY and said that he
and Lil' Eazy-E have ended their feud.
Dr. Dre's nemesis Suge Knight had an ongoing feud with Game stemming
from when Yukmouth claimed that Game had been slapped by Suge Knight.
Game responded on his website, saying that if Suge Knight had ever
touched him, he would be "six feet under".
After the 2005 BET Awards, associates of Death Row had their invitations
to a party hosted by Ciara rescinded. Supposedly, a member of Death
Row tried to steal Game's chain. Game stated on his Black Wall Street
website that he dislikes Suge Knight because of "the lives he
has endangered". In Miami for the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards,
Suge Knight was shot and wounded at Kanye West's party by an unknown
gunman. Game vigorously denied involvement in the shooting, but
the incident renewed efforts to pacify hip hop feuds and Game has
consequently been discouraged from attending certain events in hopes
of averting retaliation. Later, Game and various representatives
of California's rap cliques formed a West Coast "peace treaty" to
end many rivalries between West Coast rappers. Although Suge
Knight did not attend, he and Game declared their feud over.[citation
Feud with G-Unit
Main article: G-Unit vs. The Game feud
In early 2005, Game entered a feud (or "beef") with G-Unit.
Even before Game's first album was released and their feud became
public, there was tension between Game and 50 Cent. Soon after
The Documentary's release, 50 Cent felt that the rapper's actions
in the strip club and not partnering with 50 Cent to react to Fat
Joe and Jadakiss after the New York song written by Ja Rule were
wrong and then booted Game out of G-Unit.
50 Cent also claimed that he was not getting his proper credit for
the creation of the album and he claimed that he wrote six of the
songs, which Game denied. During that dispute, a member of Game's
entourage was shot after a confrontation at the Hot 97 studio in
New York City. After the situation between them escalated, 50
Cent and Game held a press conference to announce their reconciliation.
Fans had mixed feelings as to whether the rappers created a publicity
stunt to boost the sales of the two albums the pair had just released.
Nevertheless, even after the situation had apparently deflated,
G-Unit continued to feud with Game, denouncing his street credibility
in the media and claimed that without their support, he will not
score a hit from his second album. Game responded during a performance
at Summer Jam and launched a boycott of G-Unit called "G-Unot".
After the performance at Summer Jam, Game responded with "300
Bars and Runnin'", an extended "diss" aimed at G-Unit
as well as members of Roc-A-Fella Records on the mixtape You Know
What It Is Vol. 3. The track is unique in that it is nearly 14 minutes
long, in which Game criticises all members of G-Unit, amongst others.
50 Cent responded through his "Piggy Bank" music video,
which features Game as a Mr. Potato Head doll and also parodies other
rivals. Since then both groups continued to attack each other.
Game released two more mixtapes, Ghost Unit and a mixtape/DVD called
Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin.
50 Cent's rebuttal was "Not Rich, Still Lyin'" where he
mocks Game. In addition, G-Unit started to respond on numerous
mixtapes and then-new G-Unit member Spider Loc began dissing Game.
Game responded with "240 Bars (Spider Joke)", a song
mainly aimed at Spider Loc, but also addressing Tony Yayo and rap
group M.O.P., and on the song "The Funeral 100 Bars".
In October 2006, Game extended a peace treaty to 50 Cent, which
was not immediately replied to. However, a couple days later
on Power 106, he stated that the treaty was only offered for one
day. On Game's album Doctor's Advocate, he says the feud is over
on a few of the songs. The feud seemed to have gained steam after
Tony Yayo allegedly slapped the fourteen year old son of Czar Entertainment
CEO Jimmy Rosemond. Game responded with "Body Bags" on
You Know What It Is Vol. 4. Since Young Buck was dismissed from
G-Unit by 50 Cent, there has been interviews from both Game and Young
Buck stating they never had a problem with each other. In an interview
Young Buck said he was aware of Game's support and that Lloyd Banks
and Tony Yayo did not reach out to him.
At the 2007 Hip Hop Jam festival in the Czech Republic
Label change and Doctor's Advocate
Due to his disputes with 50 Cent, Game left Aftermath Entertainment
and signed with Geffen Records (another label under Universal Music
Group's Interscope-Geffen-A&M division) to terminate his contractual
obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006. The rapper's second
album Doctor's Advocate was released on November 14, 2006. This album
was set out by Game to prove that he is able to make good music and
be a successful artist without the help of Dr. Dre or 50 Cent. He
is also working on getting his own label, The Black Wall Street Records,
signed to a distribution label. While Game originally claimed Dr.
Dre would still do production on the album in the November issue
of XXL magazine, he admitted in September (after the XXL interview
was conducted) during an interview on radio station Power 105 that
Dr. Dre would not be producing any tracks (although four previously
unreleased tracks produced by Dr. Dre were released on the internet,
but no reason was given as to why they were not included on the album).
The album debuted at number one in the U.S., selling over 358,000
copies its first week.
San Francisco Bay Area rapper Yukmouth, who was also engaged in
a feud with G-Unit, first met Game at a nightclub. Game released
a diss track aimed at Yukmouth over the beat of "I Got 5 on
It", a song which Yukmouth recorded when he was a part of Luniz.
Yukmouth responded with a track that mocked Game's appearance on
Change of Heart. The two later tried to bury the hatchet due to a
personal friend and even recorded a song together named "Peace".
However, the beef continued afterward, since Game dissed Yukmouth
on "Peace" (they recorded their verses separately).
In May 2007, Game said while filming Beef IV that his third album,
LAX, would be his last, explaining that three albums will be enough
to have allowed him to "[get his] point across". "Game's
Pain" was the album's first single.
The feud between Game and Roc-A-Fella Records grew out of an earlier
rivalry with Memphis Bleek over the name of his label (Get Low Records),
which was similar to the one Game was previously signed to (Get Low
Recordz). On the single "Westside Story", Game raps that "I
don't do button-up shirts or drive maybachs", which was perceived
as being directed towards Jay-Z, though Game stated it was directed
toward Ja Rule. Later Jay-Z performed a freestyle on Funkmaster Flex's
radio show on Hot 97 and in it, he repeatedly used the word "game",
which some hip-hop fans believed was directed towards Game. Game
responded with 'My Bitch" in which the first verse is directed
at G-Unit, the second verse is directed at Jay-Z and the third verse
at Suge Knight.
LAX was released on August 22, 2008; Game confirmed that it was
his final album. Singles from LAX included "Game's Pain" featuring
Keyshia Cole, "My Life" featuring Lil Wayne, "Dope
Boys" featuring Travis Barker, and "Camera Phone" featuring
Ne-Yo. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.
Former labelmate Bishop Lamont went on the offensive about Game
on Hoodhype's satellite radion show in November 2008. For most of
the interview, Lamont referred to Game as "Baby Girl," "Sweetheart," and "Star
Face." He also said Game was "bipolar" and a "phony
ass dude." He went on to say that 50 Cent had saved his career,
as Game was going to get dropped until 50 Cent started writing his
hooks. Bishop further explained to HipHopDX.com "it's been
that way for years," but he did not say anything because of
a Dr. Dre-instituted gag order. Things changed when Game allegedly
insulted Lamont and Glasses Malone at a Houston club. After challenging
him to a fight in the parking lot, Lamont says Game backed down and
later invited him and Malone onto the stage. The following day, Game
appeared on the radio and insulted the two West Coast rappers.
On February 5, 2009, Game, who 50 Cent has a long-standing "beef" with,
called up Seattle's KUBE 93 Radio Station. When asked about the beef
between 50 Cent and Rick Ross, Game sided with 50 Cent and said that
things are not looking good for Rick Ross. However, he offered to
help Rick Ross get out of this situation.
The R.E.D. Album
Although Game had previously stated that LAX would be his last album,
sometime after its release he said, "Interscope don't want me
to retire; they want me to come back in February with another album,
which is so far off my radar it's ridiculous. Now, if you give me
like five, ten million dollars or something to do it . . . . I'm
the biggest thing in that building now, with the recent demise of
G-Unit, and that's just it, man."
It was confirmed in May 2009 that Game began working on a new album,
The R.E.D. Album, with Timbaland and Drumma Boy on the album.
He released the first single from the album, the Pharrell produced "It
Must Be Me" on April 14, 2010.
Game released "Better on the Other Side", a Michael Jackson
tribute, on June 26, 2009, the day after Jackson's death. It features
Diddy, Mario Winans, Chris Brown, Usher & Boys II Men saying
that Michael Jackson told him to stop the feud between him and 50
Cent. A couple days later, he apologizes to 50 Cent and Interscope
Records and officially ended the feud with 50 Cent and G-Unit.
In July 2009, Jimmy Rosemond had stated that Game will definitely
be signed to Interscope for his next album.
Shortly after ending his beef with 50 Cent and G-Unit, Game began
to refuel his beef with Jay-Z, taking shots at him repetitively.
Game also took shots at Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce Knowles, and he recorded
a diss track to Jay-Z with Jaz-O, the man who mentored Jay-Z throughout
the beginning stages of Jay-Z's career.
On October 3, 2009, Snoop Dogg posted a picture on Twitter of himself,
Dr. Dre and Game in the studio together, The picture was
taken a day earlier and marks the first time Game has worked with
Dr. Dre for some years. Dr. Dre's record label Aftermath Entertainment
is one of the labels that operates under Interscope. In early 2010
Game posted a twitpic of him wearing a lot of Aftermath chains with
a caption saying "It's funny how things come Full Circle".
Which was later confirmed that he had returned to Aftermath.
As a result of his fame, Game ventured into areas outside of rap.
He was chosen to play and had bought a large selection of shares
for the now defunct Inglewood Cobras, an ABA franchise team.
Game also ventured into acting. In 2004, he had a minor role voicing
the character "B-Dup", in the video game Grand Theft Auto:
San Andreas. He also voiced a character in the video game Def Jam:
Icon. In 2006, he made his film debut in Waist Deep as a character
named "Big Meat" and is currently filming two more movies.
Game has also partnered with 310 Motoring to create his own shoe
called The Hurricanes. A portion of the proceeds of the shoe are
donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
In August 2007, Game and an entourage of 12 including Omarion performed
a concert in Luanda, Angola with two dates on August 11 and August
12 at the Atlantico Cinema produced by Casa Blanca company.
Game has three children, two sons and a daughter. His first son
is named Harlem Caron Taylor and was born on June 30, 2003. Baron
Davis, a basketball teammate in high school, and current NBA
all-star was named Harlem's godfather. The Los Angeles Times
reported that as of 2006, Game is a resident of Glendale, California
after purchasing a home in the Kenneth Village neighborhood. Game
announced that he was engaged to actress and model Valeisha Butterfield,
the daughter of U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield. The couple were
set to marry in March 2007, but the engagement was called off in
Mug shot of Game taken on March 2008.
Game, Snoop Dogg, and Tha Dogg Pound, were sued for assaulting a
fan on stage at a May 2005 concert at the White River Amphitheatre
in Auburn, Washington. The accuser, Richard Monroe, Jr., claimed
he was beaten by the artists' entourage while mounting the stage.
He alleged that he reacted to an "open invite" to come
on stage. Before he could, Snoop's bodyguards grabbed him and he
was beaten unconscious by crewmembers, including the rapper and producer
Soopafly; Snoop and Game were included in the suit for not intervening.
The lawsuit focuses on a pecuniary claim of $22 million in punitive
and compensatory damages, battery, negligence, and intentional infliction
of emotional distress. The concerned parties appeared in court
in April 2009.
On October 28, 2005, Game was charged with disorderly conduct and
resisting arrest in Greensboro. At one point, police said his companions
were pepper sprayed when they surrounded officers in a threatening
manner. Mall security officers said the rapper was wearing a
full-face Halloween mask, filming shoppers, cursing loudly, and refused
to leave when asked. Game continued to act up and was arrested, a
police statement said. Game claimed that officers overreacted and
that he did nothing wrong when he was pepper sprayed by the mall
security. The five officers involved in the incident ended up
suing Game for defamation, which has yet to be taken to court.
On May 11, 2007, Game was arrested at his home reportedly in connection
with an incident at a basketball game in South Los Angeles in February
2007. He is alleged to have threatened a person with a gun. The arrest
took place after his home was searched for three hours. Game was
released early the next day after posting $50,000 bail. On January
9, 2008, a Los Angeles judge scheduled February 4 as the beginning
date for Game's trial on assault and weapons charges. After pleading
no contest to a felony weapons charge on February 11, Game was sentenced
to 60 days in jail, 150 hours of community service, and three years
Main article: Game discography
* The Documentary (2005)
* Doctor's Advocate (2006)
* LAX (2008)
* The R.E.D. Album (2011)
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas B-Dup Video game, voice only
2004 Life in a Day: The DVD himself small role
2005 The Documentary DVD himself
2005 Beef 3 himself small role
2006 Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin' DVD himself
2006 Waist Deep Big Meat
2006 Doctor's Advocate DVD himself
2007 Def Jam: Icon himself Video game, voice only
2007 Tournament of Dreams
2007 Beef 4 himself small role
2008 Street Kings Grill
2008 Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club G
2008 Life After the Math himself
2009 House Arrest
* BET Awards
o 2005: Best New Artist (Nominated)
o 2005, Best Collaboration ("Hate It or Love It") with 50 Cent (Nominated)
* Billboard Music Awards
o 2005: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist (Won)
o 2005: Top Rap Albums (Nominated)
* ECHO Awards, Germany
o 2006: International Hip-Hop/R&B Artist (Nominated)
* Grammy Awards
o 2006: Best Rap Song ("Hate It or Love It") with 50 Cent (Nominated)
o 2006: Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group ("Hate It or Love It")
with 50 Cent (Nominated)
* MTV Video Music Awards
o 2005: Best Rap Video ("Hate It or Love It") with 50 Cent (Nominated)
* Ozone Awards
o 2008: Best West Coast Rap Artist (Won)
o 2007: Best West Coast Rap Album ("Doctor's Advocate") (Won)