Famous rapper and member of the Los Angeles Blood gang, “The Game” gets into a fist fight with rival rap artist 40 Glocc.
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Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game (or simply Game), is an American rapper and actor. The Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene and for being one of Dr. Dre’s signers under Aftermath Records. Born in Compton, California, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002; shortly after, he was signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his major-label debut album The Documentary and found continued success with the 2006 follow-up Doctor’s Advocate. The Recording Industry Association of America certified The Documentary double platinum in March 2005.
A rising artist in the 2000s, The Game was 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. The Game was placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. As a result of 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 Game’s second major label album Doctor’s Advocate was released on November 14, 2006 and it became his second straight album to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Doctor’s Advocate did not feature any production from Dr. Dre. Pitchfork Media placed The Documentary at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005. The Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the smash single “Hate It or Love It”. The New York Times named Doctor’s Advocate best hip-hop album of 2006.
His next album LAX was released in 2008. With his eighth studio album The R.E.D. Album, The Game again debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In addition to music, The Game has starred in motion pictures and founded The Black Wall Street Records. In September 2011, The Game started working on his ninth studio album, Jesus Piece, which was released on December 11, 2012, his final album release. The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor on November 29, 1979, in Compton, California, a low-income crime-ridden city, situated south of downtown Los Angeles and in southern Los Angeles County. He grew up 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, The Game described his family as “dysfunctional”.
Taylor endured many hardships in his adolescence. At the age of 7, he was placed in foster care. At 13, one of his older brothers, Jevon, was shot at a gas station and died soon thereafter. When he was 15, Taylor was removed from the foster care system and moved in with his mother, and he initially had a tumultuous relationship with her. Taylor attended Compton High School, where most students who were affiliated with gangs were Crips. However, his older half-brother George Taylor III, known as Big Fase 100, attended Centennial High School and was the leader of the Cedar Block Piru Bloods. In high school, Taylor was involved in sports including basketball and track. In 1999, Taylor claims that he enrolled in Washington State University on a basketball scholarship and was expelled after a short time when caught with drugs in his possession. However, the university’s athletic department denies that Taylor was ever enrolled in their athletic program and denies the drug claims.