The Game (rapper)
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Game
Background = solo_singer
Img_capt = At a photo shoot in
Wall Street, New York, 2006
Birth_name = Jayceon Terrell Taylor [cite web|title=The Game pleads not guilty in LA|url=http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/2007-09-25-4146972801_x.htm|work=USA Today|publisher=Associated Press|date=2007-09-25|accessdate=2008-08-06]
Born = birth date and age|mf=yes|1979|11|29
Los Angeles, Californiacite web|last=Adaso|first=Henry|title=The Game|url=http://rap.about.com/od/artists/p/TheGame.htm|publisher=About.com|accessdate=2008-08-06]
West Coast hip hop
Rapper, Musician, Actor
Years_active = 2002 – present
Label = Geffen,
Interscope, The Black Wall Street
Associated_acts = The Black Wall Street,
Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Nas, Keyshia Cole, Westside Connection, Lil Wayne, Kanye West
URL = [http://www.ThisIzGame.com www.ThisIzGame.com]
Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his
stage nameThe Game, is an American rapper. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his debut album, " The Documentary", and his two Grammynominations. Since then, he is considered to be a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hopscene and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts. [cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2005/02/18/18129758.aspx |title= XXL Spotlights West Coast Hip-Hop In March Issue |accessmonthday= July 20 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Clover Hope |date= February 18, 2007 |work= Allhiphop] [cite web |url=http://www.dubcnn.com/features/editorials/2005wrapup/ |title= The West Coast Rap Up: 2005 |accessmonthday= January 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Conan Milne |year= 2005 |work= Dubcnn] [cite web |url=http://web.archive.org/web/20060324060932/http://www.bet.com/Music/GAME+Playtime+Is+Over.htm?wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished |title= XXL Game: Playtime Is Over |accessmonthday= October 8 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Kim Osorio |date= March 21, 2006 |work= BET]
Aside from releasing two albums that debuted at number one on the "Billboard" 200, The Game has gained notoriety for involvement in feuds with other rappers. His music falls under the
gangsta rapsubgenre, a style of hip hop popularized in his hometown of Compton, California.
Life and career
The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor in
Los Angeles, Californiaand grew up in Compton, California. He spent his later life living in a primarily Crip gang neighborhood known as Santana Blocc, [cite web | url = http://ca.askmen.com/men/entertainment_200/200c_the_game.html | title = Men of the Week: Entertainment | accessmonthday = January 25 | accessyear = 2007] although he grew up to become a member of the Bloods. [cite web |url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/09/AR2005050901357.html |title= The Game Fizzles and Snoop Dogg Sizzles |accessmonthday= June 18 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Sarah Godfrey |date= May 10, 2005 |work= The Washington Post] [cite web | url = http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/game_the/artist.jhtml#/music/artist/game_the/bio.jhtml | title = The Game | accessmonthday = January 25 | accessyear = 2007 | work = MTV] In an October 2006 interview with MTV Newscorrespondent Sway Calloway, The Game described his family as "dysfunctional" and claimed that his father molested one of his sisters. [cite video|title=Game's Family Web Is 'All Tangled Up'|url=http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1543197&vid=113597|publisher=MTV News|people=The Game, Sway Calloway|date=2006-10-16 After graduating from Compton High Schoolin 1999,cite web | url =http://universalurban.com/thegame/index.php | title = Bio |accessdate=2008-08-06] Taylor briefly attended Washington State Universityon a basketball scholarship but was expelled during his first semester because of drug allegations. [cite web|title=THE GAME GOT GAME: Compton rapper joins Cali-based basketball squad|url=http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur23501.cfm|work=EURweb.com|date=2005-11-18|accessdate=2008-08-06] It was then that he started fully embracing street life and turned towards selling drugs and gang banging.cite web | url = http://xxlmag.com/Features/2005/april/the-game/index.html | title = The Game | accessmonthday = January 25 | accessyear = 2007 | author = Jon Caramanica ] At the age of eighteen, he began to follow his older half brother, "Big Fase 100", who was the leader of the Cedar Block Pirus.
Studying various influential rap albums, The Game developed a strategy to become a rapper himself and with help from Big Fase, they founded
The Black Wall Street Records. The label originally featured such artists as Glasses Malone, Vita, and Nu Jerzey Devil, along with The Game himself.cite web|last=Reid|first=Shaheem|title=The Game: Out Of The Shadows (page 3)|url=http://www.mtv.com/bands/g/game/news_feature_012705/index3.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2005-01-27|accessdate=2008-08-10 His stage name was coined by his grandmother.cite web|last=Reid|first=Shaheem|title=The Game: Out Of The Shadows (page 2)|url=http://www.mtv.com/bands/g/game/news_feature_012705/index2.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2005-01-27|accessdate=2008-08-10] The Game first gained prominence when he attended a hip-hop summit hosted by Russell Simmonsand Louis Farrakhan, [cite book |last=Larkin |first=Colin |editor=Colin Larkin |title=Encyclopedia of Popular Music |origyear=1992 |accessyear=2006 |accessmonth=October |edition=3 |year=1998 |month=November |publisher=Grove's Dictionaries |location= |isbn=978-1-56-159237-1 |pages=6653] releasing his first mixtape "You Know What It Is Vol. 1" in 2002, followed by a record deal with the independent label, Get Low Recordzowned by JT the Bigga Figga. Originally Sean Combsof Bad Boy Recordswas going to sign him to his label, [cite web |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1495949/01162005/game_the.jhtml |title= The Game on Bad Boy? It Nearly Happened, He Says |accessmonthday= January 17 |accessyear= 2005 |author= Shaheem Reid |date= January 17, 2005 |work= MTV] but The Game's mixtape found the attention of famed producer Dr. Dre, who signed him to Aftermath Entertainmentin 2003.cite web|last=Loftus|first=Johnny|title=The Game > Biography|url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:0nfoxqlaldke~T1|publisher=allmusic|year=2006|accessdate=2008-08-13 In October 2004, he released his first album "Untold Story" through Get Low Recordz, which sold over 300,000 copies within its first three months. [cite web |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000777472 |title= The Game's 'Documentary' Blasts Off At No. 1 |accessmonthday= January 25 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Margo Whitmire |date= January 26, 2005 |work= Billboard] The album featured artists like Sean T, Young Noble(of the Outlawz), and JT the Bigga Figga. [cite web |url= http://www.last.fm/music/The+Game/Untold+Story |title= Untold Story - The Game |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007] The Game also appeared on various mixtapes hosted by DJ's such as DJ Kayslay, DJ Whoo Kid, and DJ Clue. The 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 Fredwreckcalled "Can't Stop Me". [cite web |url=http://www.rapnewsdirect.com/0-202-257542-00.html?tag=artistnav |title= Hip-Hop News: NBA Live 2004 & Hip Hops In The Game |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Robert |date= October 26, 2003 |work= Rap News Network]
Rise to fame
The Game was originally signed as an artist on Aftermath Entertainment, but
Interscope RecordsCEO Jimmy Iovineand Dr. Dre decided to have The Game also work with 50 Centand G-Unit. The arrangement was to help build a growing buzz around The Game which would also fuel interest in G-Unit. Since then, he made numerous cameo appearances in music videos by 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and Fabolous, first appearing on the music video of " In da Club", dancing with a girl. Even at this early stage in his career, he was embroiled in rap feuds associated with G-Unit, including those with Joe Budden, Ja Rule, and Memphis Bleek. His first appearance on a single was on Jim Jones' " Certified Gangstas", before his own single "Westside Story" was released in 2004.
The original title of the album was "Nigga Wit' An Attitude Volume 1" (as heard in the lyrics to "Dreams"), but an
injunctionfiled at the request of Eazy-E's widow prevented him from using N.W.A.'s name in the album title. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent were executive producers on The Game's major labeldebut album, " The Documentary", which spawned the hit singles "How We Do" and " Hate It or Love It" (the latter receiving two Grammy nominations). [cite web|url=http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Annual_Show/48_nominees.aspx|title=48 Annual Grammy Awards Winners List |year=2005] The album debuted at number one on the "Billboard" 200 and was the tenth best selling album of 2005 in the United States. [cite web |url= http://www.*aceshowbiz*.com/news/view/00002623.html |title= The Top 10 Best-Selling Albums of 2005 |accessdate= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Peter Rooley |year= 2006 |month= January |work= Ace Showbiz <---Wikipedia detects link as spam. Remove asterisks to view page] It also debuted at number seven in the United Kingdom and sold over five million copies worldwide. [cite web |url= http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/09-26-2006/0004439649&EDATE= |title= The Game Continues |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 | date = october 26, 2006]
Due to his disputes with 50 Cent, The Game left Aftermath Entertainment and signed with
Geffen Recordsto terminate his contractual obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006. The rapper's second album " Doctor's Advocate" was released on November 14, 2006. This album was set out by The Game to prove that he is able to make good music and be a successful artist without the help of Dr. Dre or 50 Cent. He is also working on getting his own label, The Black Wall Street Records, signed to a distribution label. While The Game originally claimed Dr. Dre would still do production on the album in the November issue of "XXL" magazine, [cite web |url= http://xxlmag.com/online/?p=5019 |title= Man Up |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Kawan Ari |date=September 28, 2006 |publisher= XXL magazine] he admitted in September (after the "XXL" interview was conducted) during an interview on radio station Power 105that Dr. Dre would not be producing any tracks [cite web |url= http://www.bet.com/Music/musicnews928.htm?wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished |title= Daily Music News Wrap Up |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Kim Osorio |date= September 28, 2006 |work= BET.com] (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 in the U.S., selling over 358,000 copies its first week. [cite web |url= http://billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003437915 |title= The Game Wins No. 1 on the Billboard 200 |accessmonthday= January 27 |accessyear= 2007 |date= November 22, 2006 |author= Katie Hast |publisher= Billboard]
In May 2007, The Game said while filming "Beef IV" that his third album, "L.A.X.", would be his last, explaining that three albums will be enough to have allowed him to " [get his] point across". [cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2007/05/30/18137219.aspx |title= The Game to Leave The Game? |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Remmie Fresh |date= May 30, 2007 |work= Allhiphop] "
Game's Pain" was the album's first single. [ [http://www.rapbasement.com/media/audio/the-game-big-dreams.html The Game - Big Dreams | Rap Basement ] ]
However, The Game said he may release a fourth album titled "D.O.C." or "Diary of Compton". [http://www.hiphopsince1987.com/2008/06/game-says-lax-wont-be-last-album.html The Game says "L.A.X." will not be his last album.] Accessed June 13, 2008.]
It was announced on July 15, 2008 that The Game might be replacing
Mack 10as a member of rap group Westside Connection. With the other members being Ice Cubeand WC. [ [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7316/title.dx-clusive-the-game-to-replace-mack-10-in-westside-connection-comeback DX-clusive: The Game To Replace Mack 10 In Westside Connection Comeback | Hip Hop News > HipHopDX.com ] ]
Recently, Game said that a collaboration album with former
G-Unitmember, Young Buckmay be in the works. [ [http://thisizgame.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2063384%3ABlogPost%3A394713 The Game's official website - The Game Announces Union with Young Buck.] Accessed August 29, 2008.]
As a result of his fame, The Game ventured into areas outside of rap. He was chosen to play and had bought a large selection of shares for the now defunct Inglewood Cobras, an ABA franchise team. [cite web |url= http://web.archive.org/web/20060420051901/http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5069 |title= The Game Joins Pro Basketball Team, Invests In Company |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= EbenGregory and Nolan Strong |date=November 16, 2006 |publisher= Allhiphop] The Game also ventured into acting. In 2004, he had a minor role voicing the character "", in the video game '. He also voiced a character in the video game '. In 2006, he made his film debut in "
Waist Deep" as a character named "Big Meat" and has been filming at least two more movies. [cite web |url= http://imdb.com/name/nm1667139/ |title= The Game |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |work=IMDB] The Game has also partnered with 310 Motoringto create his own shoe called "The Hurricanes". A portion of the proceeds of the shoe are donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
In August 2007, The Game and an entourage of 12 including
Omarionperformed a concert in Luanda, Angolawith two dates on August 11 and August 12 at the Atlantico Cinema produced by Casa Blanca company. [http://www.accessmusik.com/blog/index.php?/archives/139-The-Game-Debuts-In-Angola.html - The Game debuts in Angola] ]
The Game's first son is named Harlem Caron Taylor and was born on June 30, 2003.
Baron Davis, a basketball teammate in high school, and current NBAall-star was named Harlem's godfather. [cite web |url= http://www.xxlmag.com/Features/2005/april/the-game/index.html |title= XXL Magazine Feature |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Jon Caramanica |work= XXL magazine] The " Los Angeles Times" reported that as of 2006, The Game is a resident of Glendale, Californiaafter purchasing a home in the Kenneth Village neighborhood. The Game announced that he was engaged to actress and model Valeisha Butterfield, the daughter of U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield. The couple were set to marry in March 2007, but the engagement was called off in June 2006. [cite web |url= http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/UndertheDome/062706.html |title= Butterfield’s engagement to The Game is short lived |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Jeff Dufour |date=January 6, 2007 |work= The Hill] In February 2007, The Game revealed in a Wild 94.9radio interview with Mistah F.A.B.that he was expecting his second child in April, with a former substitute teacher Tiffany Webb. [cite web |url=http://www.wild949.com/cc-common/podcast/single_podcast.html?podcast=yellowbus.xml|title=Game Interview|accessmonthday=February 26|accessyear=2007|date=February 5, 2007|work=KYLD] He welcomed his second son, King Justice, on April 25, 2007. The Game is one of many celebrities to have a PSN account, under the PSN name L-A-X after his 2008 album. He has posted a video on YouTubeinviting fellow online players to play him in Madden NFL 09, and to "Get your ass whipped."
Even before releasing his debut album, The Game was involved in feuds with many rappers. He previously had rivalries with
Suge Knightof Death Row Records, Ja Rule, Joe Budden, Yukmouth, as well as Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, and the Young Gunzof Roc-A-Fella Records. The most prominent rivalry he had was with 50 Cent and G-Unit. The Game has also had minor feuds with Xzibit, Ja Rule, Guerilla Black, Bishop Lamont, Domination, Benzino, and model Vida Guerra(see " Wouldn't Get Far").
The feud with Joe Budden began when 50 Cent criticized his album for "lacking street credibility". Joe Budden took offense and released various insults at G-Unit. The Game previously did a freestyle for DJ Clue and Joe Budden used the end of the freestyle without notifying The Game. While on the end, Joe Budden took shots at G-Unit. In defense, The Game made several records against the rapper, most notoriously the track "Buddens". Joe Budden mocked The Game's appearance on the
dating game show"Change of Heart". The Game has consistently defended his appearance on the show. Later, at a party in New York, the rappers mutually announced their intention to stop making hostile records about each other, [cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2004/03/08/18128850.aspx |title= Joe Budden and Game End Beef |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Nolan Strong |date=March 8, 2004 |work= Allhiphop] but The Game has subsequently suggested in songs and videos that he won the feud.
The beef ended after the Game and Budden performed together in August 2008. [ [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7595/title.the-game-and-joe-budden-end-beef-perform-together The Game And Joe Budden End Beef, Perform Together] ]
Yukmouthfirst met The Game at a club and at the time, Yukmouth was engaged in a feud with 50 Cent and G-Unit. The Game released a diss track aimed at the rapper over the beat of " I Got 5 on It", a song which Yukmouth recorded when he was a part of Luniz. [cite web|url=http://www.nobodysmiling.com/hiphop/news/77010.php|title=The Game Album Pushed Back & Yukmouth Diss Track|accessmonthday=January 26|accessyear=2007|author=BrooklyniteOne|date= September 22, 2004|work=Nobody Smiling] Yukmouth responded with a track that mocked The Game's appearance on "Change of Heart". The two later tried to bury the hatchet due to a personal friend and even recorded a song together named "Peace". However, the beef continued afterward, since The Game dissed Yukmouth on "Peace" (they recorded their verses separately). [cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2004/11/07/18129466.aspx |title= Yukmouth and Game Speak, Say Beef Is Still on |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Nolan Strong and Jigsaw |date= November 7, 2004 |work= Allhiphop] Since then, Yukmouth responded by releasing a freestyle music video over Fabolous' "Breathe" single. In the video, there is a look-a-like of the rapper getting robbed and beaten up. In that song, Yukmouth claimed that The Game had a tongue ring and was slapped by mogul Suge Knight. Since the West Coast Peace Conference, both rappers ended the feud.
Death Row Records
Dr. Dre's old nemesis
Suge Knighthad an ongoing feud with The Game stemming from when Yukmouth claimed that The Game had been slapped by Suge Knight. The 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", associates of Death Row had their invitations to a party hosted by Ciararescinded. Supposedly, a member of Death Row tried to steal The Game's chain. The Game stated on his Black Wall Street website that he dislikes 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. [cite web |url= http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/7725 |title= Suge Shooting Remains a Mystery |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Janeé Bolden |date= October 24, 2005 |publisher=Sohh] The Game vigorously denied involvement in the shooting, but the incident renewed efforts to pacify hip hop feuds and The Game has consequently been discouraged from attending certain events in hopes of averting retaliation. [cite web |url= http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/7483 |title= The Game Locked Out of Magic Convention, Suge Retaliation Feared |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Rich Rock |date= August 30, 2005 |publisher=Sohh] Later, The Game and various representatives of California's rap cliques formed a West Coast "peace treaty" to end many rivalries between West Coast rappers. [cite web |url= http://web.archive.org/web/20050415034917/http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=4299 |title= Snoop, The Game, Steve Harvey and Others Make West Coast Peace Treaty |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Houston Williams |date= April 14, 2005 |publisher= Allhiphop] Although Suge Knight did not attend, he and The Game declared their feud over.
The feud between The Game and
Roc-A-Fella Recordsgrew out of an earlier rivalry with Memphis Bleekover the name of his label ( Get Low Records), which was similar to the one The Game was previously signed to ( Get Low Recordz). On the single "Westside Story", The Game raps that "I don't do button-up shirts or drive maybachs", which was perceived as being directed towards Jay-Z. 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 The Game. [cite web |url=http://web.archive.org/web/20050226070341/http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=4077|title=Game Says No Beef With Jay-Z, Speaks on Amsterdam Comments|accessmonthday=July 27|accessyear=2007|author=Clover Hope|date=February 14, 2005|publisher=Allhiphop] The Game responded and made several remarks directed at Roc-A-Fella Records.
While The Game was feuding with Roc-A-Fella artists, his first album featured production from
Kanye Westand Just Blaze, [cite web |url=http://www.amazon.com/Documentary-Game/dp/B0006ZQ9BS|title=The Documentary|accessmonthday=January 29|accessyear=2007|publisher=Amazon] two Roc-A-Fella producers. In an interview with Ed Loverand Monie Love, The Game said the Maybach line on "Westside Story" was referring to Ja Rule. He also said he has a lot of respect for Jay-Z and would never take shots at a legend. Jay-Z later insisted that the "game" references were just about the rap game itself, not the rapper. The Game still addressed Memphis Bleek and Young Gunzon some songs, but the feud between them cooled off. There were rumors that Jay-Z was planning on "declaring war" on The Game and others at a concert. He instead used the opportunity to make peace with many of his rivals. [cite web |url=http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2005/10/27/18130470.aspx|title= Jay-Z and Nas Officially Dead Beef|accessmonthday=July 27|accessyear=2007|author=Seandra Sims and Houston Williams|date=October 27, 2005|publisher=Allhiphop] In 2008, The Game wanted to beef with Jay-Z because "his beef is mediocre beef."
In early 2005, The Game began a feud with G-Unit. Even before The Game's first album was released and their feud became public, there was tension between The Game and 50 Cent. [March 2005 issue of "Vibe" magazine. The interview asks about The Game's and 50 Cent's physical altercation] Soon after "The Documentary"'s release, 50 Cent felt that the rapper's actions in the strip club was 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 and he claimed that he wrote six of the songs, but The Game denied that. During that dispute, a member of The Game's entourage was shot after a confrontation at the
Hot 97studio in New York City.cite web |url= http://web.archive.org/web/20050306234231/http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=4129 |title= Update: Man Shot Not With 50 Cent; Violator Offices Shot Up |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Jayson Rodriguez |date=March 1, 2005 |publisher= Allhiphop] After the situation between them escalated, 50 Cent and The Game held a press conference to announce their reconciliation. [cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2005/03/09/18129811.aspx |title= AHH Special: 50 Cent and Game's Truce |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Alvin Blanco |date=March 9, 2005 |publisher= Allhiphop] 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. Nevertheless, even after the situation had apparently deflated, [cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/features/archive/2005/05/09/18133221.aspx |title= Game: Winds of Change |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Houston Williams |date= May 9, 2005 |publisher= Allhiphop] G-Unit continued to feud with The Game, denouncing his street credibility in the media and claimed that without their support, he will not score a hit from his second album. The Game responded during a performance at Summer Jamand launched a boycottof G-Unit called "G-Unot". [cite web |url= http://web.archive.org/web/20050617073858/http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=4469|title=The Game Taunts 50 Cent, Jay-Z Returns At Hot 97’s Summer Jam|accessmonthday=July 27|accessyear=2007|author=Jayson Rodriguez|date=June 6, 2005|publisher=Allhiphop]
After the performance at Summer Jam, The Game responded with "
300 Bars and Runnin'", 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". 50 Cent responded through his "Piggy Bank" music video, which features The Game as a Mr. Potato Headdoll and also parodies other rivals. [cite web |url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.3445/title.50-strikes-back-in-piggy-bank-video|title=50 Strikes Back in "Piggy Bank" Video|accessmonthday=January 29|accessyear=2007|author=A-Plus|date=August 5, 2005 |publisher=Hip Hop DX] Since then both groups continued to attack each other. The 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 The Game.cite web |url=http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/8275|title=The Game takes on Spider Loc, 50 Cent strikes back|accessmonthday= January 28|accessyear=2007|author= Carl Chery|coauthors= Jesse Gissen|date=February 3, 2006|publisher=Sohh] In addition, G-Unit started to respond on numerous mixtapes and new G-Unit member
Spider Locbegan dissing The Game. The Game responded with "240 Bars (Spider Joke)", a song mainly aimed at Spider Loc, but also addressing Tony Yayoand rap group M.O.P., and on the song "The Funeral 100 Bars".
In October 2006, The Game extended a peace treaty to 50 Cent, which was not immediately replied to. [Fresh, Remmie (September 30, 2006). [http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2006/09/30/18131554.aspx The Game Extends Peace Treaty to 50 Cent] . "Allhiphop". Accessed July 20, 2007.] However, a couple days later on
Power 106, he stated that the treaty was only offered for one day. [Audio of the conversation on Power 106 URL accessed on October 11, 2006 [http://www.therealblackwallstreet.com/forum/showthread.php?s=c0782d458ec026fb31bc5a54590e45cb&t=25361 The Black Wall Street Forum] ] On The Game's album "Doctor's Advocate", he says the beef 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 EntertainmentCEO Jimmy Rosemond. The Game responded with "Body Bags" on "You Know What It Is Vol. 4". [cite web|url=http://web.archive.org/web/20070406235703/http://allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=6893 |title= The Game Breaks Silence on Manager's Son's Assault, Releases Track Aimed at G-Unit |accessmonthday= July 20 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Roman Wolfe |date= April 3, 2007 |work= Allhiphop] Since Young Buck was dismissed from G-Unit by 50 Cent, there has been interviews from both The Game & Young Buck stating they never had a problem with each other. In an interview Young Buck says he is aware of The Game's support and says that is real love because Lloyd Banks & Tony Yayo haven't reached out to him. [ [http://www.hiphop-elements.com/article/read/4/24390/1/ Young Buck Speaks On 50, The Game, Sha Money & G-Unit - HipHop-Elements.com ] ] .Young Buck is set to feature on The Game's upcoming mixtape "You Know What It Is Vo.5: Baggage Claim"
Lil Eazy-E, a young rapper and son of rapper Eazy-E, was also in a feud with The 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 expressed his anger over what he felt was The Game misusing his father's name. The Game responded by claiming that Lil' Eazy-E is trying to establish himself off the success he had made since releasing "The Documentary". [cite web |url= http://web.archive.org/web/20060204211404/http://www.allhiphop.com/features/?ID=1280 |title= The Game Releases Statement on Beef |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Jayceon Taylor |year= 2005 |month= November] The Game responded on "120 Bars" where he claimed that Lil' Eazy-E does not write his own lyrics. [cite web |url= http://www.illhill.com/article.asp?topic_id=698 |title= Exclusive ILLHILL.com Lil' Eazy Interview |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Dominic de Haas |year= 2006 |month= January |publisher= Ill Hill] However, The Game states on the same track that he would rather not feud with Lil' Eazy-E due to the deep respect he feels for his father. Lil' Eazy-E later responded with "They Know Me". On October 30, 2006, The Game went on KDAYand said that he and Lil' Eazy-E have ended their feud.
The Game had a falling out with his manager and half-brother Big Fase 100. The rapper claimed that Big Fase 100 extorted him out of over $1.5 million,cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/features/archive/2005/12/26/18133418.aspx |title= Big Fase 100: Change of Heart |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2006 |author= Houston Williams |date= December 26, 2006 |month= November |publisher= Allhiphop] and felt that his influence was holding him back. Later in interviews, Big Fase 100 attacked The Game's street credibility, claiming that him being a "certified gangsta" is fabricated. The manager went on to claim that the supposed gangster life is based on his own life and blamed selfishness on The Game's part as the main reason of their falling out. The Game and his brother have since made up and are on good terms.
A confrontation between The Game and
Ras Kasstook place at Club Element in Los Angeles. [cite web |url= http://allhiphop.com/blogs/news/archive/2006/09/14/18131495.aspx |title= Ras Kass, The Game Fight In Los Angeles Nightclub |accessmonthday= July 27 |accessyear= 2007 |author= Nolan Strong |date= September 14, 2006 |publisher= Allhiphop] The stories are different from each party, but what is known is that The Game approached Ras Kass over a song that Ras Kass made regarding The Game's son and asked him to take back what he said, but he refused. The Game's entourage claimed that The Game punched and knocked out Ras Kass. The story from Ras Kass' representatives was that he walked away and got hit by a bottle in the head and then The Game's crew jumped him, but he escaped with just a black eye.
On October 28, 2005, The Game was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Greensboro. At one point, police said his companions were
pepper sprayed when they surrounded officers in a threatening manner.cite web |url= http://ca.askmen.com/gossip/the-game/the-game-halloween-arrest.html |title= The Game's Halloween arrest |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |date= October 31, 2005 |publisher= AskMen] Mall security officers said the rapper was wearing a full-face Halloweenmask, filming shoppers, cursing loudly, and refused to leave when asked. The Game continued to act up and was arrested, a police statement said. The Game claimed that officers overreacted and that he did nothing wrong when he was pepper sprayed by the mall security. The five officers involved in the incident ended up suing The Game for defamation, [cite web |url= http://www.politicalgateway.com/news/read/45660 |title= N.C. police officers suing rapper The Game |accessmonthday= January 26 |accessyear= 2007 |date= November 3, 2005 |work= Political Gateway |publisher= United Press International] which has yet to be taken to court.
On May 11, 2007, The Game was arrested at his home reportedly in connection with an incident at a basketball game in
South Los Angelesin 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. The Game was released early the next day after posting $50,000 bail. [cite web |url= http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1559453/20070512/game_the.jhtml?rsspartner=rssFeedBurner |title= Game Arrested On Threat Charge |accessmonthday= May 16 |accessyear= 2007 |date= May 12, 2007 |work= MTV News] On January 9, 2008, a Los Angeles judge scheduled February 4 as the beginning date for The Game's trial on assault and weapons charges. [Black widow (January 9, 2008). [http://www.sixshot.com/news/9654/ Trial Date Set for The Game's Assault and Weapons Charge] . SixShot. Accessed January 10, 2008.] After pleading no contest to a felony weapons charge on February 11, The Game was sentenced to sixty days in jail, 150 hours of community service, and three years probation. [ [http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=19356 The Game Pleads No Contest to Weapons Charge, Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail] . "XXL" (February 12, 2008). Accessed March 1, 2008.]
**2005, Best New Artist [Nominated]
**2005, Best Collaboration ("Hate It or Love It") with 50 Cent [Nominated]
**2006, Best Rap Song ("Hate It or Love It") with 50 Cent [Nominated]
**2006, Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group ("Hate It or Love It") with 50 Cent [Nominated]
*MTV Video Music Awards
**2005, Best Rap Video ("Hate It or Love It") with 50 Cent [Nominated]
**2008, Best West Coast Rap Artist [Won]
**2007, Best West Coast Rap Album ("Doctor's Advocate") [Won]
* [http://www.comptongame.com Official website run by Geffen Records]
* [http://www.thegame360.com Official website run by The Game]
* [http://www.theblackwallstreet.com Black Wall Street Records website]
* [http://billboard.com/bbcom/bio/index.jsp?pid=635871 The Game] at "Billboard"
* [http://www.inkedmag.com/inked_people/50/ The Game discusses his tattoos with Inked Magazine]
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