February 7th, 2010 13:47 EST
SOP's Battle of the Bands Featuring The Game with 'Shake'
West coast rapper The Game was born Jayceon Terell Taylor on November 27, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in Compton, The Game became a member of infamous street gang, The Crips, and later on, the Cedar Block Piru Bloods. The Game got his name from his grandmother, who claimed that he was always "game" for anything. The Game endured a tumultuous family life growing up " both of his parents were affiliated with The Crips, and his sister accused his father of sexual molestation. The family then split, and The Game went to live with a foster family for eight years in LA suburb, Carson.
Shortly after scoring a basketball scholarship to attend Washington State University, The Game was kicked out amidst drug allegations. He then turned full-force to street life, mentored by his older half brother, Big Fase 100, who led the Cedar Block Pirus. During this time, The Game was shot five times in his home, with bullet wounds puncturing his heart, stomach, arms, and landing him in a coma for three days.
After recovering from his injuries, The Game resolved to pursue a career in rap music. He and cousin, Big Fase, founded The Black Wall Street Records label, and The Game`s first demo made its way to Dr. Dre. Dre liked what he heard, and signed The Game to Aftermath Entertainment. Eventually Dre and the Interscope Records CEO decided to pair The Game with 50 Cent and G-Unit to generate a bigger buzz for the up-and-comer.
Before he had even released his debut album, The Game was feuding with several other rappers. His rivals have included Suge Knight, Joe Budden, Yukmouth, Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, as well as his own label mates, G-Unit and 50 Cent, the latter of which resulted in a 2005 shooting.
The Game`s major label debut, The Documentary, debuted at the top of the Billboard music charts, and was ranked the tenth best -selling album of 2005 in the United States, with over 5 million copies sold world wide. In 2006, The Game left Aftermath Entertainment for Geffen Records, an imprint of Interscope. His latest album, Doctor`s Advocate, was released in November 2006, and features the singles It`s Okay (One Blood) and Let`s Ride.
In addition to lending his voice to albums, The Game has also lent his voice to the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game in 2005, along with Samuel L. Jackson. He has also stepped outside of the music industry with his own line of footwear called The Hurricanes, which donates a portion of its proceeds to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The Game currently resides in Glendale, California. He was previously engaged to actress/model Valeisha Butterfield, daughter of US Congressman G. K. Butterfield; but their March 2007 wedding date has since been called off. The Game has one child, a son named Harlem Caron Taylor.