CONTENTS: Background | Studio Albums | Notable Songs | Social Media | Personal Life & Family | Beefs & Controversies | Quotables | Trivia & Random Facts
Birth Name: Jayceon Terrell Taylor
Nicknames: Game, Stretch, Hurricane, Chuck (Taylor)
The Game reportedly received the nickname “Stretch” growing up due to his height. He has “Chuck” and “Taylor” tattooed on his hands and has been seen wearing Converse Chuck Taylors.
Hurricane was a nickname that was often referenced early in The Game’s career. In 2005, he released a signature line of sneakers “Hurricane” under 310 Motoring. In the commercial below, watch as he states “It’s not a shoe. It’s my shoe.”
As for his official stage name, The Game, the rapper’s grandmother reportedly came up with the name because he showed a knack for being an athlete growing up.
Birthday: November 29, 1979 (Age: 39 years old)
On the tall side for a rapper. He’s grouped in with rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.
Weight: 200 lbs – 230 lbs / 90.7 kg – 104.3 kg
There’s no definitive source on how much The Game weighs and over the years it’s fluctuated (just check his IG). Various websites cite his weight between 200 lbs – 230 lbs (90.7 kg – 104.3 kg).
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Jayceon Terrell Taylor was born on November 27, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Taylor would grow up in Compton and as youth joined the Cedar Block Piru Bloods. He would have a tough, violent childhood and at the age of 13 years old he brother Jevon was shot to death.
Taylor’s first love was not hip-hop but rather athletics. He reportedly received a basketball scholarship to Washington State University that would be revoked over the possession of drugs. Taylor would next move onto to share an apartment with his brother Big Fase. During this time he would end up being shot five times when he was robbed during a deal deal. It was during his recovery that he became a student of hip-hop as he studied classic albums from the Notorious B.I.G., Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z.
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12 years ago today I dropped my 1st album. An album that would go on to sell 10 million copies worldwide & reshape my city & coast…. I'm forever in debt to @DrDre for believing in my dream… [YOU] my fans for the support then & the ones that are still going hard for me at this very moment…. ain't no ME without YOU ! @50cent for helping push it through the final stages…. my brother @BigFase100 & @ComptonGRide for helping birth what the world would know as #TheBlackWallStreet & last but not least… my son @hvrlemtaylor for being the motivation behind everything I put into this album. Without the birth of my 1st son, I wouldn't have ever had the fire inside me to be anything other than dead. Before him, I didn't give a fuck about who's life I took or who would take mine…. all I knew was #Compton…. & I figured I'd end up shot dead in the streets over gangbangin just because that is the mentality of a young African-American male coming from where I come from…… When I came out, it was just me, @SnoopDogg, @xzibit & @tyrese representing #LosAngeles on a worldwide scale in music & #TheDocumentary changed the way hip hop fans/critics viewed #WestCoast rap niggas….. after this album, they had to respect us for more than just gangsta rap, but for being lyricists as well…… from @IceCube to @KendrickLamar & @YG, we have flourished as a rap culture…. I can remember being at my grandmothers house listening to @Nas's albums & perfecting my flow & the pocket listening to @2pac gave me the style & confidence to enter & win every freestyle battle I entered until I met #JTTheBiggaFigga & recorded my demo. The rest is history & this is my acknowledgement to my fans, family & all those who believed in & supported me the past 12 years…. #Happy12thBday #TheDocumentary
Producers: 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Buckwild, Che Vicious, Cool & Dre, Danja, Eminem, Focus…, Havoc, Hi-Tek, Jeff Bhasker, Jeff Reed, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Luis Resto, Mark Batson, Mike Elizondo, Needlz, Scott Storch, Timbaland
Guests: 50 Cent, Marsha Ambrosius, Faith Evans, Tony Yao, Dion, Eminem, Nate Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes
Release Date: January 15, 2005
Record Label: Aftermath Entertainment/G-Unit Records/Interscope Records
Critic score: 72%
User score: 86%
By the time The Game released his debut solo album The Documentary (2005), he had established himself as one of the world’s most popular rappers. Prior to its release the streets were buzzing after the Compton rapper signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and then subsequently becoming a west coast representative of G-Unit. The Documentary was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem and would feature The Game’s biggest hits (“How We Do”, “Hate It Or Love It”).
Critics praised the album for its modernization of west coast street hip-hop. The album also led to “Hate It or Love It” receiving a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
The album would hit the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard chart and go double platinum.
Producers: Game, James Rosemond, D-Roc, DJ Khalil, Ervin “E.P.” Pope, Hi-Tek, Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, Jellyroll, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Mike Chav, Mr. Porter, Nottz, Reefa, Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, will.i.am
Guests: Junior Reid, Nate Dogg, will.i.am, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Dion, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Tha Dogg Pound, Jamie Foxx, Nas, Marsha Amborsius
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Record Label: Geffen
Critic score: 73%
User score: 86%
After beefing with 50 Cent and G-Unit, The Game would sever ties with Aftermath/G-Unit Records/Interscope and sign with Geffen for his second studio album Doctor’s Advocate.
The album would debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart. Although the Doctor’s Advocate represented a back to back #1 album, it would not fare quite as well as The Documentary. The highest charting single from the album would be “Let’s Ride” which would peak at #46 on the charts. While the overall critical reception was positive, the album received more mixed reviews in comparison to his debut The Documentary.
Producers: Kanye West, Pope, J.R. Rotem, Jelly Roll, Cool & Dre, Nottz, DJ Toomp, Scott Storch, DJ Quik, 1500 or Nothin’ Knobody, Hi-Tek
Guests: DMX, Ice Cube, Raeksown, Lil Wayne, Bilal, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Common, Travis Barker, Keyshia Cole, Nas
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Record Label: Geffen
Critic score: 65%
User score: 78%
The third studio album from The Game would debut at #2 on the Billboard charts selling 238,000 copies in its first week. The album would score generally favorable reviews with a score of 65 on Metacritic.
The R.E.D. Album
Producers: Dr. Dre, Game, Lamar “Mars” Edwards, 1500 or Nothin’, Big Kast, Boi-1da Cool & Dre, Dirk Pate, DJ Khalil, DJ Premier, Don Cannon, The Futuristics, Hit-Boy, I.L.O., Maestro, Pebrocks, StreetRunner
Guests: Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Sly, Tyler the Creator, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Beanie Sigel, Young Jeezy, Big Boi, E-40, Lloyd, Wale, Mario, Chris Brown, Nelly Furtado
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Record Label: DGC
Critic score: 61%
User score: 72%
After the release of The Game’s third album, he announced his retirement from hip-hop. This retirement would not last for long as he would re-entered the studio in May of 2009. The R.E.D. album would be the fourth studio release and featured 21 tracks with 17 guests.
The album’s red and black cover was reminiscent of Redman’s What Thee Album and Darez Iz a Darkside. While speculation that the album was an ode to The Game’s gang affiliation to the Bloods was denied by the rapper. Instead, he stated the album stood for re-dedication to hip-hop.
Executive produced by Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams and Mars (500 or Nothin’), the album only would feature two singles, “Red Nation” and “Pot of Gold”.
Producers: Cool & Dre, The Game, Stat Quo, Boi-1da, Dr. Dr,e Black Metaphor, Dawaun Parker, Greg Fears Jr., J. Rhodes, Jake One, K. Roosevelt, Matthew Burnett, The Maven Boys, S1, SAP, Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk, Yung Ladd
Guests: Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Kanye West, J. Cole, JMSN, King Chip, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Jeremih, Favolous, Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar, Tank, K. Roosevelt, Jamie Foxx, Elijah Blake, Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Record Label: DGC / Interscope
Critic score: 66%
User score: 73%
A little over a year after the release of the R.E.D. Album, The Game returned with Jesus Piece. The deluxe version of the album features a controversial cover depicting a cartoon Black Jesus donning a red bandana and a jesus piece.
The album features 21 guests and received mixed reviews at the time of its release scoring a 66 out of 100 on Metacritic.
The Documentary 2
Producers: The Game, Stat Quo, Cash “Wack100” Jones, Cardo, Caviar, Cool & Dre, DJ Premier, Flippa, Hit-Boy, iLLA, Jahlil Beats, Jelly Roll, Johnny Juliano, JProof, Kent Jones, The Mekanics, Mike WiLL Made-It , Pops, Sevn Thomas, Streetrunner ,Tarik Azzouz, will.i.am
Guests: Kendrick Lamar, Dej Loaf, Sha Sha, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, will.i.am. Puff Daddy, Ab-Sould, Marcus Black, Jelly Roll, Q-Tip, Eric Bellinger, Future, Sonyae, Kanye West, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Fergie
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Record Label: Blood Money Entertainment / eOne Music
Critic score: 75%
User score: 76%
The Documentary 2.0 would serve as a 10-year anniversary album and sequel to The Documentary. The lead and only single “100” on the album featured Drake. The album would receive higher praise than The Game’s previous studio album Jesus Piece.
The Documentary 2.5
Producers: The Game, Stat Quo, Cash “Wack100” Jones, The Alchemist, Mr. Bangladesh, Battlecat, Bongo, Cool & Dre, DJ Khalil, DJ Mustard, DJ Quik, Fredwreck, Mike & Keys, G Koop, Kevin Bivona, Nastradomas, S1, Skrillex, THX, Tone Mason, Travis Barker, will.i.am
Guests: Anderson.Paak, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Nas, will.i.am, Lil Wayne, Asia Bryant, Scarface, Stacy Barthe, Delon, DJ Quik, Sevyn Streeter, Micah, E-40, Mvrcus Blvck, Lil E, Problem, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Jay305, AD, Mitchy Slick, Joe Moses, RJ, Skeme, King Mez, JT, Jon Connor, Busta Rhymes
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Record Label: Blood Money Entertainment / eOne Music
Critic score: 79%
User score: 80%
A week after the release of The Documentary 2.0, The Game released its accompanying surprise album, The Documentary 2.5. The album’s lone single “El Chapo” features production by Skrillex.
It is The Game’s highest rated album on Metacritic.
Producers: The Chemists Create, Cool & Dre, DJ Quik, Invincible, JP Did This 1, Phonix, Sap, Scott Storch, Terrace Martin
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Record Label: Blood Money Entertainment / eOne Music
1992 is a mixtape released on Blood Money Entertainment / eOne Music. The album art was designed by Joe Cool known for creating Snoop Dogg’s iconic “Doggystyle” ablum cover.
Unlike previous releases, the regular album features no guest appearances, while the deluxe version features Jeremih on the track “All Eyez”.
“How We Do” (featuring 50 Cent)
Producers: Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo
The Game’s second single off his debut album The Documentary would be his first top-ten single and it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. “How We Do” features 50 Cent and is one of the rapper’s most well-known songs. A lyric from the chorus by 50 Cent “We make a move and act a fool while we up in the club” is similar to his hit single “In Da Club.”
The song samples Spyder-D’s “Smerphies Dance.”
The official music video which features montages of Los Angeles, clubs and fast cars was directed by Hype Williams. It features appearances by 50 Cent, Carmelo Anthony, Dr. Dre, and Olivia.
“Hate It or Love It” (featuring 50 Cent)
Producers: Cool & Dre, Dr. Dre
Samples: The Trammps “Rubber Band”
The third single off “The Documentary” would become The Game’s most successful commercial release. “Hate It or Love It” reached #2 on the Billboard Top 100 and was nominated in the Grammy categories of “Best Rap Song” and “Best Performance by a Duo or Group.”
The song features The Game and 50 Cent trading verses about growing up and overcoming the odds to become two of the biggest artists in hip-hop.
The official music video features The Game and 50 Cent along with cameos by Black Wall Street and G-Unit members Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks.
Producers: Kanye West
Samples: Jerry Butler “No Money Down”
“Dreams” is the fifth single off The Documentary. The song produced by Kanye West samples Jerry Butler’s “No Money Down” and features West’s trademark sould sound.
The Game dedicated “Dreams” to Yetunde Price, the half sister of Serena Williams and Venus Williams who was murdered in Compton, California when Crips mistook the vehicle she was sitting in as one carrying a rival gang. In addition to Price, the Game pays homage to the following artists in the song: Aaliyah, Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes, Jam Master Jay, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, The Notorious B.I.G., and Marvin Gaye.
“Dreams” would hit #32 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The video for “Dreams” was directed by Philip Atwell.
“My Life” (featuring Lil Wayne)
Producers: Cool & Dre
“My Life” is the third single off The Game’s LAX. Cool & Dre produced the song that features The Game and Lil Wayne questioning how they are still alive when so many people around them have passed away.
The Game keeps active social media accounts. At the time of this article (April 20, 2019), the rapper has 7,640 posts on Instagram with 10.4 million followers. His Instagram account also features links to his Snapchat and X-Box handles.
Snapchat: @airthuggin @blackb0yfly
Xbox: the game
Personal Life and Family
The Game was once engaged to Valeisha Butterfield, the daughter of US Congressman G. K. Butterfield. Following his relationship with Butterfield, the rapper dated Tiffney Cambridge. The couple would star in the VH1 reality tv show Marrying The Game, but the two would never marry.
While the rapper has been linked to various women after breaking up with Cambridge, such as Dailyn Donyell, Apryl Jones, and Briona Mae.
The Game has three children, Harlem Caron Taylor, King Justice Taylor and California “Cali” Dream Taylor. The rapper often features them in his Instagram account.
Beefs and Controversies
G-Unit: After the release of The Documentary, The Game was kicked out of G-Unit for not siding with 50 Cent in his beefs with Ja Rule and Fat Joe. 50 Cent would also claim that he was the reason for The Game’s album The Documentary topped the charts. In response, The Game would release a number of diss songs over the years and refer to his former crew as G-Unot.
The feud would last for over 10 years, but the two would officially make peace at King of Diamonds on August 2, 2016.
The Game squashed issues with 50 Cent while in the club with him pic.twitter.com/wbLJE1cLPi
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Yukmouth: The Game had a beef with Yukmouth over claims he was slapped by Suge Knight.
Joe Budden: After Joe Budden dissed 50 Cent in 2005, The Game retaliated. The beef came back in 2019 as The Game rapped about his sexual exploits with Budden’s fiancee, Cyn Santana.
Stitches: The viral “Brick In Yo Face” rapper felt slighted by The Game over alleged Tweets and then recorded a diss track “Game Over“. It’s widely speculated that Stitches photoshopped said Tweets. The Game denied any Twitter conversations and then proceeded to diss Stitches over a freestyle on Power 106 LA. Stitches would infamously get knocked out by The Game’s manager Wack 100.
Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Game called Tekashi 6ix9ine out for being a “Fake Blood” during a concert and from there both artists would trade barbs over Instagram.
Meek Mill: The Philly based rapper ended up in a beef with The Game over some he said she said situation involving Sean Kingston at a club. After Kingston was robbed at a club in LA, he told The Game that Meek Mill told him that it was a setup by the Compton based rapper. The Game denied having any involvement in the incident but a beef was born.
The two would resolve their differences and the beef was deaded in December 2018. The Game would later credit Nipsey Hussle for pushing him to come to a truce with Mill.
Tomi Lahren: After right-wing news host Tomi Lahren poked fun at the detainment of 21 Savage by ICE via Twitter, The Game took the conservative commentator to task in an Instagram post and called for her firing from Fox News. 21 Savage’s mother Heather Joseph, thanked The Game for defending her son.
Kodak Black: The Game went after Kodak Black on Instagram after the Miami rapper talked about getting with Lauren London, the girlfriend of Nipsey Hussle at the time of his passing.
“I’m Ready To Die without a Reasonable Doubt. Smoke Chronic and hit it Doggystyle before I go out. Until they sign my Death Certificate, All Eyez On Me I’m still at it, Illmatic, and that’s The Documentary.” – Chorus from “The Documentary”
“I’m not white, so I wouldn’t be proud of Trump. He also wouldn’t be the first white president. Obama is the first black president, and that was a historic moment. But I don’t think Donald Trump is going to win. If he wins the presidency, we are f—ed.” – Interview with Billboard
“Take me away from the hood, like the state penetentary, take me away from the hood in a Casket or a Bentley.” – Lyric from “My Life” off LAX
“”If it was up to me, I would have never done a reality show. I just don’t care about it that much. But my kid’s mom, she was steadfast on you know, she just wanted a reality show … The thing about me is that from the beginning of my career up till now, I’ve pretty much always been an open book. You know my kids, you know my life, you know my story.” – Interview with The Boombox (December 11, 201)
Trivia / Random Facts
The Game was very close with slain rapper Nipsey Hussle. After Hussle’s murder, the rapper has posted numerous tributes on Instagram.
The Game has a tattoo of Trayvon Martin wearing his hoodie
He appeared on the dating show “Change of Heart” and was dumped.
The Game voiced B-Dup in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The Game was a stripper according to his stepfather, but he’s denied he’s ever been an exotic dancer. In an interview with the Breakfast Club he stated, “My mom used to own a strip club. A dude my mom used date that used to help her funnel a little through it made that up, talking tryna get some money.”