THE GAME BIOGRAPHY:
The Game, or to give his his birth name, Jayceon Taylor, was born on November 29, 1979 in the home of Gangsta Rap, Compton, California, into a life of gang-banging and hustling. When later interviewed, The Game says he recalls seeing both of his parents getting ready to do drive-bys. His father was a 'Nutty Block Crip' and his mother a 'Hoover Crippelette'. The Game’s beloved grandmother nicknamed him Game because he was always game for anything - whether it be basketball, running, riding bikes, or just playing in the streets. Family problems related to his father caused him to be placed in a foster home from the third grade to the ninth grade. "My childhood was fucked up but it wasn’t really that different from anyone else who lived in the ‘hood," he said. Around 1989, The Game met his idol, Eric Wright aka Easy-E founder of NWA. This was a defining moment in his life. Soon after he was returned to his mother, Lynette, one of his older brothers, Jevon, was shot and killed at a gas station. His brother had just received a record deal, The Game says that he felt if his father would've been around, his brother wouldn't have been killed. Game's brother died the next day. Taylor attended Compton High School and most of the students that were gang affiliated were Crips. The Game then started running behind another older brother, known as Big Fase 100, who had been taken in by the 'Cedar Block Piru Bloods', even though they grew up in a Crip neighborhood called Santana Block on Compton’s East Side.
His older brother Fase tried to keep him away from thuggin’ but, once it became clear that Game was going to be there, his brother was determined to teach him how to survive on the streets. Then, after graduating high school in 1999, an older adopted brother, Charles, was shot and killed. “People don’t know what type of toll that takes on your life,” he says. “Especially being young and just fresh out in the world.” A one-time star shooting guard for Compton High School who was offered scholarships to various colleges, the 6-foot-4 Game now started gangbangin’ hard--car thefts, drug dealing and shootings. Finding him too much to handle, his mother kicked him out of her house.
In 2000, The Game and his brother moved into the projects in a nearby city and took over its drug trade. Their success attracted rivals. On October 1, 2001 while at his drug spot apartment, Jayceon heard a knock on the door at 2 a.m. Wanting to make a late night sell, he opened the door to see a regular customer. His regular however brought two others with him. He and another man fought. Reaching for his pistol, he was shot execution style by one of the assailants five times. He used his cell phone and called the ambulance. Taylor was in a coma for two days. "That was the biggest learning experience ever in my life. This sounds crazy but I appreciate that happening to me, because I’d probably be dead if it didn’t. Anybody who gets shot and survives feels lucky. On the other hand I went through so much already that I felt somebody owed me. Now I could live out my dreams." While recovering, he told his brother to go out and buy all of the classic hip hop albums, east and west. This included Biggie's "Ready To Die", Snoop's "Doggystyle", Dr. Dre's "The Chronic", Jay-Z's "Reasonable Doubt", 2Pac’s "All Eyez On Me", every Kool G Rap record, everything from NWA, and albums by Big Daddy Kane.
His aim was to do something with his life, and use his harsh experiences of life to his advantage, he wanted to enter the world of Gangsta rap. He studied the albums his brother brought him carefully over the next five months. In December 2001, he rapped for the first time. "I mixed everybody’s style into one. That’s why some people feel that I sound like I’m from the East Coast even though I rap about the West Coast." he says. Together with his brother Big Fase, The Game put together a mixtape in order to get his voice heard. The mixtape apparantley reached the hands of Bad Boy Records owner, Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy. Diddy was on the verge of signing him when the mixtape reached the hands of super producer Dr. Dre, the former of NWA, father of gangsta rap, and the producer behind many Tupac, Snoop, and Eminem hits. Dr. Dre contacted Taylor and the deal was sealed. And its clear why The Game choose Dre's Aftermath Records as his home, he said: “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,” says Game. “Trying to act cool? I was frozen. I’m still starstruck with Dre. He’s been almost 20 years at the top. That I get to soak up the game from a musical genius like him gives me a 20-year head start on everybody else. He’s like the father I never had. Everything about a
father throwing a baseball to his son in the suburbs, that’s what NWA was to me. They were the only role models I had besides Michael Jordan. Eazy was the father of hardcore and I don’t understand why he only gets honorable mention when people talk about rap.”
In summer 2003, Game became a father for the first time with son Harlem Caron Taylor. He says the best moment he’s ever experienced was watching his son’s mother give birth. Then, after many delays, his debut album, entitled "The Documentary", finally dropped in January 2005. The album announces the arrival of the most significant West Coast gangsta rapper since Snoop Dogg more than a decade earlier. With guest spots from 50 Cent, Nate Dogg and several others, as well as producers from Dr. Dre to Kanye West to Just Blaze and tracks such as “Like Father Like Son,” “Church For Thugs,” “Dreams,” “Where I’m From” and “Westside Story,”, the debut album was released and debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. "The Documentary" resurrects the truth, spirit and hope of hardcore rap. “A lot of rap today is bubblegum bullshit that says nothing and means nothing to anybody living in the ‘hood,” says the 24-year-old with a tattoo of NWA’s Eazy-E on his right forearm. “I’m not knocking anybody’s hustle but I can’t feel what’s in hip-hop today. Everybody’s rapping but they’re not saying anything. NWA, Biggie, 2Pac, Snoop and Jay-Z all had something to say then Biggie, Pac and Eazy died and it was devastating. We almost let rap die until the Great White Hype (Eminem) saved hip-hop and 50 dropped the gangsta wake-up call. I feel like it’s my turn now and I can fill the shoes.”
He also hopes the purpose of the graphic nature of "The Game Vol. 1" doesn’t get twisted. “I’m telling my story. I’m out to please no one but myself. I’m not telling anybody to sell drugs or pick up guns. When I sold drugs it was because it was my last resort, because I had four sisters and an older brother and we were eating Cheerios on Thanksgiving. When I picked up a gun it was because my life was threatened. If you don’t want to hear that; then don’t listen. I’m not glorifying the life I lived because I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. I’m just one human being raised in the ‘hood who wanted nothing more than to get out.” His sole regret is that his grandmother--the only person who ever believed he could make it out - passed away before she could see his success not just in rap but in life. Despuite his assive success and new found riches, he stills lives in Compton where he and his brother own a house there as well as a liquor store. When asked why he hasn't left Compton, he says that he feels comfortable there.
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