Today in Hip Hop History: November 29, 1979
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, best known as The Game, was born in Compton, California in 1979. The Game is most notably known for his West Coast Gangsta sound, in addition to being one of Dr. Dre‘s musical proteges and his beef with 50 Cent.
The Game had a rough childhood growing up with two gang members as parents. Eventually he entered foster care and started playing basketball, which eventually earned him a [supposed] scholarship to Washington State University. After suffering injuries from drug dealing, The Game sought to study classic hip hop and become a rapper.
His first mixtape was recorded alongside his brother Big Fase and gained him a deal from independent record label Get Low Recordz. Eventually the tape made its way to Dr. Dre, who then signed him in 2003. Dre’s plan was the initiate him into G-Unit, and The Game saw his first video appearance in 50 Cent’s “In da Club.”
In 2005, The Game released his classic West Coast debut The Documentary. The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and moved over 5 million copies worldwide. After the album was released, The Game and 50 Cent entered a violent feud which caused the departure of Game from Aftermath to Geffen.
Since then, Game has released 5 albums and 1 double album. The West Coast rapper has cemented a legacy, of sorts, in the ’00 to ’10 decades thus far. In addition, he has participated in such outside endeavors as acting, voice acting, and starting his own record label.
The Game has indubitably become an interesting figure. Due to his numerous beefs and changing factional landscapes, he has solidified a polarizing place in hip hop. Regardless, it’s hard to deny the man of his talents and part of recent hip hop trends. Happy birthday Jayceon!