"Me, myself, I'm not a star. I'm just a regular guy who has a great rap album and is the protégé of Dr. Dre. But I'm the most down-to-earth guy." The Game.
West Coast rapper The Game (a.k.a. Hurricane Game, Chuck Taylor), formerly a member of 50 Cent's G-Unit, made his breakthrough with his solo debut album with Aftermath, The Documentary (2005). The Grammy-nominated album spawned such successful singles as "How We Do" (featuring 50 Cent), "Hate It or Love It" (featuring 50 Cent) and "Dreams." His sophomore album, Doctor's Advocate, is set to be released November 14, 2006. Two singles from the album has been released: "It's Okay (One Blood)" and "Let's Ride."
The Game’s voice could also be heard in the 2004 best-selling video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in which he voiced Mark 'B-Dup' Wayne. Additionally, he recently made his debut film work with the action Waist Deep, alongside Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good and Larenz Tate. The founder of The Black Wall Street Records also has branched out in fashion. He has created his own line of footwear called Hurricane, by 310 Motoring.
The 6' 4” tall rapper, whose good friends include Snoop Dogg, Nas, Nate Dogg, and Dr. Dre, had his most prominent rivalry with 50 Cent and G-Unit. They finally put an end to their rivalry on March 9, 2005. On his feud with 50 Cent, The Game once said: "Dr. Dre makes good music. Eminem, 50, myself, we all sell records. We're all protégés of Dr. Dre. So me and 50's beef stays outside and we don't bring it in the house."
More recently, the rapper was sued by five police officers involved in his arrest for resisting and disorderly conduct in a North Carolina shopping mall in 2005. The lawsuit claims the officers were slandered by the 26-year-old performer in a television appearance where he compared his treatment in the arrest to the 1992 arrest of Rodney King.
Childhood and Family:
"New York is my second home, but LA is my first." The Game.
In the birthplace of gangsta rap, Compton, California, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, who later famous as The Game (he received his nickname from his grandmother who claimed he was always game for anything), was born on November 29, 1979. He graduated from Compton High School in 1999, where he used to play basketball with NBA basketball star Baron Davis and they are still good friends. He received a basketball scholarship to Washington State University but was dismissed from the school during his freshman year over drug allegations.
"My childhood was f***ed up. But it wasn't really that different from anyone else who lived in the 'hood.’" The Game.
Raised in a notorious Crips neighborhood known as Santana Blocc and being the son of gang-member parents (his father was a Nutty Block Crip and his mother a Hoover Crippelette), The Game’s childhood memories is mostly tainted with blood. From the ages of 7 to 15, the African-American, Spanish, and Native American descendant was in foster care in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles, due to family problems with his father (his older sister accused his father of sexual molestation). Soon after he reunited with his family, one of his older brothers, Jevon (he was just 17 at the time), was shot and killed at a gas station. And Just after his high school graduation in 1999, another older adopted brother, Charles, was shot and killed.
"People don't know what type of toll that takes on your life. Especially being young and just fresh out in the world." The Game.
His half brother, nicknamed "Big Fase 100,” grew up in a different neighborhood and was an active member of the Cedar Block Piru Bloods, and The Game soon followed his brother's footsteps. He began involving in car thefts, drug dealing and shootings. And after being kicked out of the house by his mother, he moved in the nearby city, Bellflower, with Big Fase 100 in 2000 and took over the local drug trade. The move was successful at first, but ultimately nearly cost The Game his life. On the evening of October 1, 2001, in a failed drug deal, The Game was shot five times with his own gun. He remained in a coma for two days. He recalled the traumatic event as "the biggest learning experience ever in my life. I appreciate that happening to me because I'd probably be dead if it didn't. Anybody who gets shot and survives feels lucky. Now I could live out my dreams."
The Game has one child, a son named Harlem Caron Taylor, born in the summer of 2003. Baron Davis is Harlem's godfather. On the birth of his son, The Game described: "I've never been so happy. I wanted to bring him into the world so much that I was going, 'Come on!'"
The Game once announced that he was engaged to actress/model Valeisha Butterfield, the daughter of U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield. They were set to marry in March of 2007, but the engagement has since been called off.
"LA's crazy. When I was younger and watched The Beverly Hillbillies Or Beverly Hills 90210, I used to think it was so far from the 'hood. We were just in Compton and saw the yellow tape out, the sheriffs pickin' up shells and looking for someone to arrest and take to jail. We get on the freeway for 10 or 15 minutes, and we're in Beverly Hills, where we can sit in a Subway with no problems." The Game.
While recovering in the hospital after the 2001 shooting during a failed drug deal, The Game spent much of his time listening to music. He recalled: "I listened to so much music that it started to consume me. I would jot down Jay-Z's rhymes, Snoop Dogg's rhymes, Ice Cube's rhymes, and kind of fix them so that they pertained a little bit more to me. And it went from that to me writing my own rhymes and it actually being my own story."
The bad boy then decided to change his life, put his past behind and pursue a career in the rap industry. Soon after getting out of the hospital, The Game and his brother Big Fase 100 recorded an independently-produced demo, Untold Story (2004), which eventually came to the hands of Diddy and Dr. Dre. The two rap moguls were impressed with what they heard, but Dr. Dre beat Diddy when he signed The Game to his Aftermath Entertainment label.
"The best moment I've had in rap was walking into his studio in 2002 and Dre saying he heard a mix tape of my freestyles and wanted to sign me. Trying to act cool? I was frozen. I'm still star struck with Dre." The Game.
On January 18, 2005, The Game released his debut album with Aftermath, The Documentary. The album, which features collaborations with G-Unit members 50 Cent and Tony Yayo, as well as Eminem, Nate Dogg and others, debuted into significant commercial success upon its release, starting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with more than 586,000 units in its first week. Supported by the singles "Westside Story" (featuring 50 Cent), "How We Do" (featuring 50 Cent; #2 US Rap), "Dreams" (#5 US Rap) "Hate It or Love It" (featuring 50 Cent; #1 US Rap) and "Put You On The Game," The Documentary was eventually certified 2x platinum.
Meanwhile, The Game also released several independent albums, West Coast Resurrection (March 2005), Untold Story: Volume II (July 2005) and G.A.M.E. (March 2006), all under FastLife Music/Get Low Recordz. He also released a number of mixtapes under his recording company, The Black Wall Street Records: You Know What It Is Vol. 1 (2003), You Know What It Is Vol. 2 (2004), You Know What It Is Vol. 3 (2005), Ghost Unit (2005) and Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin (2005).
"It's called 'The Dr.'s Advocate'. It means Dr. Dre's the man; what he says goes. He's got the formula, we gonna make it happen." The Game (on the title of his second album).
The Game’s sophomore album, Doctor's Advocate, is set to be released November 14, 2006. For the album, The Game has switched from his former label, Aftermath Entertainment to Geffen Records, in order to be completely disconnected from his rival 50 Cent and his label, G-Unit. The street single, "It's Okay (One Blood)," was released on July 24, 2006. And on September 20, 2006, South Los Angeles FM radio station 93.5 KDAY, premiered his second single, "Let's Ride."
"My second album is the highest anticipated record coming out this year and I've been spending long hours in the studio to make sure it's a classic." The Game.
Also in 2006, The Game released a mixtape, The Black Wall Street Journal Vol. 1. " The Game has signed several artists to his label, and one of the more known artists, a female rapper named Vita. Vita was formerly a female rapper of Murder Inc. He also branched out in fashion and has created his own line of footwear called Hurricane, by 310 Motoring, which was released in stores December 26, 2005 and became one of the best-selling shoes of 2005/2006.
The Game was also the voice of Mark 'B-Dup' Wayne, a character featured in the action-adventure game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). He recently co-starred opposite Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good and Larenz Tate in his film debut, Waist Deep, playing Meat, the vicious leader of the Outlaw Syndicate.