The Game (rapper)

The Game

The Game speaking at a press conference, July 2016
Background information
Birth name Jayceon Terrell Taylor
Born (1979-11-29) November 29, 1979
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Origin Compton, California, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts

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 Los Angeles, 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.[1][2][3] 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.[4]

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 released by Interscope. After releasing a mixtape OKE, on October 12, 2013, Birdman announced The Game had signed to Cash Money Records, which is distributed by Republic Records. However, The Game later refuted this claim. His latest album is 1992 was released on October 14, 2016 and spawned to official singles.

Early life

The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor[5][6] on November 29, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Compton, a low-income crime-ridden city in Los Angeles County, in a primarily Crip gang neighborhood known as Santana Blocc,[7] although he grew up to become a member of the Bloods.[8][9] 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.[10]

By the early 2000s, Taylor had become heavily involved in "street life", selling drugs and associating with gangs.[11]

Music career

Early career (2002–03)

While recovering in the hospital from gunshot wounds he incurred in late 2001, Game told his brother to go out and buy all of the classic hip-hop albums. Over the course of five months, he studied all of the various influential rap albums and developed a strategy to turn himself into a rapper. With the help of his older brother Big Fase, they founded the label. It originally featured such artists as Glasses Malone, Vita, and Nu Jerzey Devil, along with Game himself.[12] His stage name was coined by his grandmother, who was a huge fan of the 1997 blockbuster, The Game.[12] Game first gained prominence when he attended a hip-hop summit hosted by Russell Simmons and Louis Farrakhan.[13] After he had fully recovered, Game and Big Fase made a mixtape together. He released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002, and landed a record deal with the independent label Get Low Recordz owned by JT the Bigga Figga.

Game's mixtape reached the hands of Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, who originally was on the verge of signing him to his label.[14] Five months later, he was discovered by Dr. Dre who listened to the mixtape that had been produced by his brother. Dr. Dre contacted Game and signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 2003.[15][16] In late 2003, Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre decided to have Game work with 50 Cent and G-Unit in order to help build a growing buzz around Game which would also fuel interest in G-Unit. Game made his first cameo appearance in the music video for 50 Cent's "In da Club", where he is seen dancing with a girl. Since then, he has made numerous cameo appearances in music videos by 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and Fabolous. Game spent the next two and a half years working on his major label debut album and being mentored by Dr. Dre.[12][17]

The Documentary (2003–05)

Game (right) with Kool G Rap (left) in New York City, November 2004

Not having dropped an album despite being signed onto Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records for a while, Game was still able to create hype around his image alone. He appeared in ads for Sean Combs's Sean John clothing company and had an endorsement deal with Boost Mobile, appearing in a commercial alongside Kanye West and Ludacris. Game also appeared heavily on the mixtape circuit and guest starred on mixtapes for DJ Green Lantern, The Diplomats, and G-Unit. The first single released with Game on it was "Certified Gangstas", which also featured Jim Jones and Cam'ron. Though the single wasn't considered to be mainstream, the buzz increased around the West Coast rapper.

On September 28, 2004, Game released his first promo single, "Westside Story", from his major label debut album. He had originally chosen to title the album 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. Thus, the album was titled The Documentary, which featured Dr. Dre and 50 Cent as executive producers. The album spawned the hit singles "How We Do" and "Hate It or Love It", the latter receiving two Grammy nominations.[18] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the tenth best selling album of 2005 in the United States.[19] It also debuted at number seven in the United Kingdom and sold over five million copies worldwide.[20] In October 2004, he released Untold Story through Get Low Recordz, which sold over 82,000 copies within its first three months.[21] The album featured artists like Sean T, Young Noble (of the Outlawz), and JT the Bigga Figga.[22] 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".[23]

Later that year, the young rapper Lil Eazy-E, 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 has expressed his anger over what he felt was Game misuse of 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.[24] He released a song titled "120 Bars" where he claimed that Lil' Eazy-E does not write his own lyrics.[25] However, on the same track, Game stated that he would rather not feud with Lil' Eazy-E due to the deep respect he has for Lil' Eazy-E's 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 had ended their feud.

Dr. Dre's nemesis, Suge Knight, also had an ongoing feud with Game that stemmed from Yukmouth's claim 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 show, associates of Death Row Records had their invitations to a party hosted by Ciara rescinded. Supposedly, a member of Death Row Records tried to steal Game's chain. Game stated on his website that he disliked 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.[26] 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.[27] Later, Game and various representatives of California's rap cliques formed a West Coast "peace treaty" to end many rivalries between West Coast rappers.[28] Although Suge Knight did not attend, he and Game declared their feud over.

Doctor's Advocate, G-Unit and feud (2005–07)

Game performing at Supafest 2011

In early 2005, Game entered a feud with G-Unit. Even before Game's major label debut was released and their feud became public, there was tension between Game and 50 Cent.[29] Soon after The Documentary's release, 50 Cent talked about an accident that occurred in the strip club by stating that he felt that the rapper's actions of 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, as he had written six of the songs, all of which Game denied. During that dispute, a member of Game's entourage was shot during a confrontation that occurred at the Hot 97 studio in New York City.[30] After the situation between them escalated, 50 Cent and Game held a press conference to announce their reconciliation.[31] 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.[30] Nevertheless, even after the situation had apparently deflated,[32] G-Unit continued to feud with Game, denouncing his street credibility in the media and claimed that, without their support, he would not score a hit if he made a second album. Game responded during a performance at Summer Jam and launched a boycott of G-Unit called "G-Unot".[33]

After the performance at Summer Jam, Game responded with a song titled "300 Barz and Running'", 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 criticizes all members of G-Unit, amongst many others. 50 Cent responded through his "Piggy Bank" music video, which features Game as a Mr. Potato Head doll and also parodies other rivals.[34] 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.[35] 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)",[35] a song mainly aimed at Spider Loc, but also addressing Tony Yayo and rap group M.O.P.,[35] and on the song "The Funeral 100 Bars".

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.[36]

Game performing at the 2007 Hip Hop Jam festival in the Czech Republic

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 major-label album Doctor's Advocate was released on November 14, 2006. This album was set out by Game to prove that he was still able to make good music and be a successful artist without the help of Dr. Dre or 50 Cent. While Game originally claimed Dr. Dre would still do production on the album in the November issue of XXL magazine,[37] 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[38] 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 on the Billboard 200, selling over 358,000 copies its first week.[39]

In October 2006, Game extended a peace treaty to 50 Cent, which was not immediately replied to.[40] 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.[41] Since Young Buck was dismissed from G-Unit by 50 Cent, there have 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.[42]

LAX and The R.E.D. Album (2007–12)

Game appeared on 106 & Park on May 16, where he confirmed LAX would be the last studio album he records. He had originally announced that Dr. Dre would be producing for the album, but neither Dr. Dre nor Aftermath Entertainment had confirmed. The album, went head to head with heavy metal band Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone on the Billboard 200 albums chart, seeing that both albums were released on August 22, 2008, therefore both albums were competing for the number one spot on the Billboard 200. LAX ended up debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, at first, it looked like LAX had debuted ahead of All Hope Is Gone by 13 copies, with such a close difference. Initially, Billboard published an article stating that The Game had secured the top spot with a margin of 13 units, in what was described as the "closest race for number one since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking Data in 1991".[43] Slipknot's labels Warner Music Group and Roadrunner Records asked for a SoundScan recount, a historic first. Nielsen proceeded to the recount, which placed LAX at number two with 238,382 copies, and Slipknot in the first position with 239,516 copies scanned, a margin of 1,134 copies. After the recount 12 hours later, the article was rewritten and Slipknot was awarded the number one spot.[43] LAX spawned four singles, "Game's Pain" with R&B singer Keyshia Cole, "Dope Boys" with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, "My Life" with rapper Lil Wayne and "Camera Phone" with R&B singer Ne-Yo. In the United States, the album has sold over 660,100 copies.[44]

It was confirmed in May 2009, that Game began working on a new album title, The R.E.D. Album[45][46] On June 26, 2009 Game released a song titled "Better on the Other Side" a Michael Jackson tribute, the day after Jackson's death. It features Diddy, Mario Winans, Chris Brown, Usher & Boyz II Men.[47] On October 3, 2009, Snoop Dogg posted a picture on his Twitter of himself, Dr. Dre and Game in the studio working together,[48][49] The picture was taken a day earlier and it marked the first time Game had worked with Dr. Dre for some years since the beef with former fellow G-Unit labelmate 50 Cent caused him to release his two following albums on Geffen Records. Later in early January 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". Later he confirmed that he had returned to Aftermath Entertainment.[50] He traveled to Prishtinë, Kosovo for a concert, that accordin to him would be the greatest of his life. In an interview there, Game stated: "I love Albanians, If I could be reborn, I'd be reborn Albanian".[51] June 3, 2011, Pitchfork Media announced that Game is working with Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator on a track called "Martians vs. Goblins".[52] Finally released on August 23, 2011, The R.E.D. Album reached number one on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 98,000 units sold.[53]

Jesus Piece and OKE (2012–13)

Shortly after the release of the long delayed eighth studio album, Game announced he had begun work on his ninth album. At the time titled 'Soundtrack to Chaos' he said the album would not feature him "name-dropping" or feature any artists as guests for vocals.[54] In March 2012, Game announced the album name had been changed to F.I.V.E.: Fear Is Victory's Evolution and that it could be his last album released under Interscope,[54] but in August 28 the rapper published new title: Jesus Piece.

In an interview with MTV on November 8, Game revealed that as Jesus Piece is his last album before his deal with Interscope comes to a close, he has had talks with both Maybach Music Group and Cash Money Records for a possible new record deal. He also stated that he would consider releasing music independently.[55]

The Game performing in 2011

The album was released on December 11, 2012, with features from Lil Wayne, Big Sean, J. Cole, Jamie Foxx, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and Chris Brown among others. In promotion for the album Game started a free weekly music giveaway titled, "Sunday Service". All the tracks are leftovers from Jesus Piece. Game also showed interest in making a future collaboration LP with Chris Brown.[56] Game explained the concept of Jesus Piece does not have a spiritual theme, but it would have a "Gangster" theme of enjoying life while also having faith in God.[57][58] Jesus Piece became Game's first album since the multi-platinum selling and critically acclaimed The Documentary, to feature production from Dr. Dre. Game announced on social media that every Sunday leading up to the album that he would be dropping new music, which failed to make the album's final cut. Game compared the album's quality of production and high number of guests to his mentor Dr. Dre's The Chronic 2001.[59] Upon release the album received generally positive reviews by music critics. Most reviewers have praised the production and guests and the album.[60] Jesus Piece debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 86,000 copies in the United States.[61] As of July 26, 2013, it has sold 281,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[62]

On November 30, 2012, Game announced that him and fellow rapper Stat Quo were starting a new record label titled Rolex Records. Both artists would use the label to release new music and sign other artists.[63] On October 1, 2013, Game announced he was officially leaving Interscope Records, and that he was now a free agent.[64] The following day he told Artistdirect that him signing to Cash Money Records was likely, and that a final announcement of a signing would probably come in January 2014. He also stated he had talked to Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, and Snoop Dogg about possibly doing collaboration albums in the future.[65]

On October 8, The Game released his first project since leaving Interscope, a mixtape titled Operation Kill Everything.[66] The mixtape featured guest appearances by Too Short, Schoolboy Q, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Problem, Nipsey Hussle, Juicy J, Young Jeezy, Stat Quo, and Ty$ among others.[67] The day after the mixtape's release, The Game spoke to XXL where he said, he had begun working on his ninth studio album, which will be executive produced by Cool & Dre. He mentioned he had also talked to Warner Bros. Records about a record deal, and was still possible that he would re-sign with Interscope.[68] Then the following day, The Game released a deluxe edition of OKE to iTunes, featuring two bonus tracks, including "Hollywood" a song with Scarface.[69]

Blood Money compilation and The Documentary 2 (2013–present)

On October 12, 2013, Birdman announced that he had signed The Game to Cash Money Records, which Game later seemingly confirmed that same day.[70] On December 11, 2013 Game stated that he was not officially signed to Cash Money Records stating "It's just trying to figure out what's the best for Cash Money, what's the best for Game at this point in his career. That's pretty much family and that's where I'm at, at this point," he said. "Nothing's written in stone, but that's where I'm leaning."[71][72]

On June 16, 2014, The Game released the compilation album, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf's first single "Bigger than Me".[73][74] The song heavily samples rock group Poliça's 2013 single "Warrior Lord". The following day, The Game announced that his sixth studio album, a sequel to his debut album The Documentary will be arriving in January 2015, with Dr. Dre returning as producer along with Just Blaze and Scott Storch.[75] He also expressed interest in getting Nicki Minaj featured on the album.[76] The second single from Year of the Wolf, titled "Or Nah" was released on July 1, 2014.[77][78]

On March 18, 2015, The Game announced that The Documentary 2 would be released June 30, 2015.[79] The album was pushed back to August 7.[80] On June 23, Game released the first single, titled "100" featuring Drake. Target began displaying the original artwork for The Documentary 2 July 13, 2015. However, the release date was pushed back again, to August 28, then eventually to October 9.[81][82]

The Game and Skrillex collaborated on a song named "El Chapo", which was released on October 9, 2015.[83]

On August 1, 2016, the Game ended his twelve-year feud with 50 Cent when the two were in the Ace of Diamonds Strip Club and he said "What happened, that shit was 12 years ago."[84]

On September 16, 2016, The Game released "92 Bars", a five-minute freestyle, used to promote his upcoming seventh studio album, but was also rumored to have been a diss towards rapper Meek Mill.[85][86] Previously, Mill and Game collaborated on 2015's "The Soundtrack".[87] Hours after the release of "92 Bars", Game admitted that the freestyle was specifically a diss towards Mill. The next day, the two rappers ended up in a Instagram exchange, with The Game cyber-flirting with Meek Mill's girlfriend, Nicki Minaj, as well as accusing him of calling the police, informing the authorities about a robbery involving Sean Kingston.[88] On September 23, The Game released another diss track towards Mill, "Pest Control". Ten hours later, Meek Mill released the remix to Young M.A.'s "OOOUUU".[89][90] Since then, the beef has calmed down.

Off his 1992 album, he released "True Colors/It's On", "All Eyez", "What Your Life Like", and "Baby You" feat. Jason Derulo.

Other ventures

In 2000, The Game appeared on dating television show Change of Heart,[91] in the segment his partner criticized him for "acting macho when in reality is said to be sensitive." The episode came to an end where a mutual friend of The Game and his partner suggested in them staying together, The Game decided to stay together but was rebuffed by the offer when his partner agreed to a change of heart and The Game was subsequently dumped on TV.[92]

The 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.[93]

The Game was chosen to play and bought a large amount of shares for the Inglewood Cobras, established in 2005 and playing in the American Basketball Association basketball franchise team.[94] The team folded after playing less than five games in the ABA in the league's 2005–2006 season. The team was coached by former NBA player Sean Higgins.[95]

The Game has also partnered with 310 Motoring to create his own shoe, The Hurricanes. A portion of the proceeds of the shoe were donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.[96]

In 2012–2013, he promoted his 60 Days of Fitness challenge, a rigorous fitness and nutrition regime with his brother and trainer Byrd.[97][98]

The Game has, on several occasions, honored the memory of those who died during the Armenian Genocide and has expressed his sympathy towards the events.[99]

Blood Money Entertainment

Blood Money Entertainment is an American independent record label. In December 2012, The Game founded a new record label, Rolex Records along with rapper Stat Quo.[100] Following its founding, he bought his entire team at the record label Rolex watches. After a six-month legal battle with Rolex, he was forced to change the name and logo of the record label. He officially would then change the name of the label to The Firm.[101] Which then became Blood Money Entertainment.[76] The label has so far signed West Coast rappers Skeme, King Marie, Pharaoh Jackson and Dubb.[102]

Current artists

Personal life

Family and relationships

Game announced that he was engaged to actress and model Valeisha Butterfield, the daughter of US Congressman G. K. Butterfield. The couple were set to marry in March 2007, but the engagement was called off in June 2006.[103]

After the couple broke off their engagement, Game became involved in a relationship with Tiffney Cambridge, a 6th-grade teacher. VH1 broadcast two seasons of Marrying The Game, a reality television series about The Game and Cambridge, as they prepared to walk down the aisle. The relationship was "love at first sight" when Cambridge met Jayceon. Despite reservations regarding Game's career, the relationship lasted eight years, but no marriage plans materialized despite the series.[104]

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.[105] 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.[106] The concerned parties appeared in court in April 2009.

On October 28, 2005, Game was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Greensboro, North Carolina. At one point, police said his companions were pepper sprayed when they surrounded officers in a threatening manner.[107] 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.[107] The five officers involved in the incident ended up suing Game for defamation,.[108] The officers were awarded $5 million in compensatory damages, which was upheld on appeal by the North Carolina Court of Appeals in February 2012.[109]

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.[110] On January 9, 2008, a Los Angeles judge scheduled February 4 as the beginning date for Game's trial on assault and weapons charges.[111] 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 probation.[112]

In 2011, Game was refused entry to Canada for alleged gang ties in LA; concert organisers said he was associated with the Bloods.[113]

On August 12, 2011, rapper The Game decided to tweet his search for a supposed internship opening. In the message sent to his over 580,000 followers, he posted the number to call as the emergency line for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The Game's fans jammed the line for hours. Initially, The Game denied any wrongdoing saying the tweet was "a mistake." The Game then posted a message saying the sheriff's department can "track a tweet down but you can't solve murders!" A criminal investigation was launched stating that The Game could be charged for obstruction of justice. Despite all of this, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department issued this statement, "Based upon our investigation, as well as consultation with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the LASD considers the criminal investigation into this matter closed. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will not be seeking criminal charges." The Game issued an apology on CNN saying, "My sincerest apologies to the Sheriff's Department, it was a joke gone wrong."

On July 8, 2012, 40 Glocc got into an altercation with rapper The Game. In a video clip, allegedly, shot by The Game via Game's iPhone during the fight, 40 Glocc is seen running into a bush after being beaten up by the fellow West Coast rapper[114][115] Game defended what he did by saying he was retaliating for Glocc going up to rappers Lil Wayne and Plies in the past with large entourages.[116] In October 2012, 40 Glocc filed a lawsuit for $4.54 million for assault and battery, as well as damaging his reputation. This included $500,000 in pain and suffering; $500,000 in emotional distress; $750,000 in lost earnings; $2 million for punitive damages; $25,000 in medical expenses; and various other reasons. Since then, Glocc has gone on a smear campaign against The Game, releasing his diss "The Full Edit" in December 2012. Game has similarly addressed the situation in several interviews, claiming that filing a lawsuit of this nature "disintegrates your street cred."[117] In December 2012, 40 Glocc assaulted Game's manager Dontay "Taydoe" Kidd in Las Vegas, Nevada.[118] Glocc won the lawsuit and was awarded $3000, which was inconsequential compared to the amount he claimed for.

In 2016, a judge ruled that The Game was liable for sexually assaulting "She Got Game" contestant Priscilla Rainey."[119]


Game has many tattoos on his body. He has deceased rapper Eazy-E on his right forearm and has a graveyard under it in which the headstones say 2Pac, Jam Master Jay & Eazy-E. Under his left eye he has a teardrop and behind his left ear has a tattoo that says "HCT 630 03" which is a reference to his son Harlem Caron Taylor who was born on June 30, 2003.

On the left side of his neck he has his The Game logo and under it, he has the Black Wallstreet logo. Under his right eye he had a tattoo of a Butterfly (symbolizing rebirth) but covered it with the L.A. Dodgers logo and a red star around it. Under his right ear, he has the Converse All-Star logo and under it he has CBP which stands for Cedar Block Piru. On his upper chest he has Hate It or Love It. On the right side of his chest, he has a tattoo that says N.W.A. On the left side of his chest, he has a Bandana.

On the left side of his ribs he has a Dia De Los Muertos version tattoo of rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and on the right side of his ribs he has a similar version of R&B singer Aaliyah.[120]

On his stomach, he has "Stretch" which used to be his nickname because he was tall. On his right shoulder he has KJ and under it he has Tupac Shakur as an Angel. On his lower right forearm, he has "Wallstreet" while on his other one has "The Black". On his right arm, he has a tribute to his deceased friend "Billboard". On his right hand he has Chuck while his other hand has Taylor (Chuck is Game's nickname [121]). On his lower left forearm he has a Pigeon and above it a Clown. On his left elbow he has his Hurricane shoes logo and under it has G-Unot a reference to his feud with 50 Cent & G-Unit.

Across his stomach he also has his hometown of "Compton" and above that he has a tattoo of Barack Obama's face with his suit on. He also recently got the album covers of Dr. Dre's The Chronic and his major label debut album The Documentary tattooed on his lower stomach by Kat Von D.[122][123] He also had plans to get portraits of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X tattooed on him soon.[124] On August 19, 2013, he got Trayvon Martin in his hoodie, and late rapper Nate Dogg tattooed on separate parts of his legs.[125]


Main article: The Game discography
Studio albums


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Waist Deep Big Meat Main role
Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club G Main role
2007 Tournament of Dreams Troy Main role
2008 Street Kings Grill Supporting role
Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: The Adventures of tha Blue Carpet Treatment Himself Voice role and likeness
2012 House Arrest DeAndre Main role
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Change of Heart Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Episode 187
Episode 818
Episode 1249
Episode 1545
Last Call with Carson Daly Himself
2006 The Wendy Williams Experience Himself Episode 6
Late Show with David Letterman Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself, musical guest Episode: 4130
2007 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Musical guest Episode 437
The Parker Report Himself Season 1, Episode 10: "The Chain Epidemic"
Season 2, Episode 2: "Play Your Position"
2010 Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Himself Season 3, Episode 12: "Jingle Z"
2011-12 The DUB Magazine Project Himself, host 8 episodes
2011 Fashion News Live Himself Season 9, Episode 30
America's Next Top Model Himself, guest judge Season 17, Episode 8: "Game"
What's Trending Himself Season 1, Episode 15
RapFix Live Himself Season 2, Episode 20
Lopez Tonight Himself, musical guest Episode 251
2012–14 Marrying the Game Himself Main role; 22 episodes
2012 Big Morning Buzz Live Role Season 6, Episode 50: "Olivia Wilde/The Game/Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola/Colbie Caillat"
2013 Larry King Now Himself Season 2, Episode 42: "Game"
The Arsenio Hall Show Himself Episode 1.57
2014 Revolt Live Himself "2014 Revolt Music Conference Recap Special"
2015 The Real Himself Season 2, Episode 2: "The Game/Tamar's Cooking Course/Matchmaking Mixer/Steals on the Real"
The Wendy Williams Show Himself Season 8, Episode 8: "The Game/Hot Topics"
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Himself Episode 109: "Bernie Sanders Interview"
She's Got Game Himself Main role; 8 episodes
2016 Hell's Kitchen Himself Season 15, Episode 2: "17 Chefs Complete"
Year Film Role Notes
2005 Beef III Himself Supporting role
2006 Stop Snitchin', Stop Lyin' Himself Main role
Rap Sheet: Hip Hop and the Cops Himself Supporting role
Death Before Dishonor Himself Supporting role
Black and Blue: Legends of the Hip Hop Cop Himself Supporting role
2007 Life After the Math Himself Main role
Beef IV Himself Supporting role
2008 Bridging the Gap Himself Supporting role
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mark "B-Dup" Wayne Voice role
2007 Def Jam: Icon Himself Voice role and likeness

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 The Game BET AwardsBest New Artist[126] Nominated
Billboard Music Awards – Rap Artist of the Year[127] Nominated
Billboard Music Awards – New Artist of the Year[127] Nominated
MTV Video Music AwardBest New Artist in a Video – "Dreams"[128] Nominated
"How We Do" (feat. 50 Cent) Billboard Music Awards – Rap Song of the Year[127] Nominated
"Hate It or Love It" (feat. 50 Cent) BET Awards – Best Collaboration[126] Nominated
MTV Video Music Award – Best Rap Video[128] Nominated
2006 Grammy AwardsBest Rap Song[18] Nominated
Grammy Awards – Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group[18] Nominated
2007 Doctor's Advocate Ozone Awards – Best West Coast Rap Album[129] Won
2008 The Game Ozone Awards – Best West Coast Rap Artist[130] Won


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