The Game first broke out into the mainstream hip hop scene in 2005 with the release of his debut album, The Documentary, which included the hit songs, “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It,” both featuring 50 Cent. Since then, The Game has gone on to release five more albums and to this day remains a very familiar face in hip hop. In 2015 find tickets on TicketNetwork.com to go see The Game live in concert!
Jayceon Taylor, better known by his stage name’s The Game or Game was born on November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, CA. Game grew up in a crime ridden neighborhood in the city of Compton. He had rough upbringing and described his family as “dysfunctional,” with both his parents being addicted to drugs. His family situation was so horrendous that between ages seven and 15 Game lived in foster care. In high school, Game focused on athletics and excelled in basketball. After graduating from Compton High School in 1999, Game enrolled in Washington State University on a basketball scholarship, but was expelled from the university for drug possession. Claims that Game was part of the Washington State University’s athletic program have been disputed by the school.
After being expelled from college, Game moved back to the Los Angeles area and embraced drug dealing. In 2001, Game was in an altercation that resulted with him being shot five times, leaving him in a three day comma. Viewing the shooting as a wakeup call, Game decided to focus on rapping. After releasing his first mixtape in 2002, he landed a record deal with an independent label. A few months later, Game’s mixtape fell into the hands of hip hop icon Dr. Dre, who consequently signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 2003.
In 2005, Game released his debut album, The Documentary and received two Grammy nominations for the hit singles “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It,” both of which featured versus from 50 Cent. Although Game had closely been associated with 50 Cent and the rap group G-Unit, they entered a feud in the mid-2000s when 50 Cent claimed he did not receive credit for writing six of the songs featured on The Documentary. To this day, Game and 50 Cent remain in a feud.
Game’s sophomore album, Doctor’s Advocate was released in 2006 under Geffen Records and was meant to prove he could still release a quality album without the help from 50 Cent or Dr. Dre. Since Doctor’s Advocate, Game went on to release four more albums, most recently Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf in 2014. In 2015, he is set to drop The Documentary 2.