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The Game (rapper)
The Game was born and raised in the "birthplace of gangsta rap", Compton, California. Growing up in Compton, The Game grew up in a Crip neighborhood, and wasn't really close to his half brother, Big Fase 100 (pronounced "hunned" in African American Vernacular English), who was an active member of the Bloods gang. Prior to rapping, The Game participated in sports, and club activities while at high school. The Game eventually got into the lifestyle of hustling via his brother, Big Fase 100. In 2001, he was shot five times during a drug deal that turned into a robbery in the Compton apartment area he shared with his brother. While in the hospital he wanted to change his life and hopefully put the past behind him, so The Game decided to act on his interest in hip hop music and began rapping himself. The Game was soon discovered by rap pioneer, and former N.W.A. member, Dr. Dre. Then The Game was signed to the Aftermath Entertainment label.
Although The Game was originally signed as an artist to Aftermath Entertainment, the Interscope CEO, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre decided to have The Game work alongside with 50 Cent and G-Unit. The concept was that the New York-based G-Unit, already the number one selling act in Rap & Hip Hop, would have an even greater appeal with the addition of a West Coast rapper. The addition of The Game mean that the G-Unit would be made up of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Olivia, the first lady of G-Unit, from the East Coast, Young Buck from the South, and The Game from the West. The hope was that the already existing popularity of G-Unit, along with the support of Dr. Dre, would ensure The Game a record number of album sales, which it did, with The Documentary debuting at the number one spot on the Billboard charts when it was released on January 18th, 2005. The Documentary is an album which primarily chronicles the life that Jayceon Taylor lived prior to his making it in the rap industry and the birth of "The Game." Hit singles such as "How We Do" and Hate It or Love It" (both of which featured 50 Cent) played a major role in the album's success.
The Game originally intended to title his album Nigga Wit' An Attitude - Volume 1, but he couldn't secure the album title due to a court order from the widow of Eazy E requesting that the N.W.A. name not appear on the album.
Even though The Game is a new artist, he already has made some hip-hop enemies: among them Suge Knight and Death Row Records, Murder Inc. Records, Memphis Bleek and Jay-Z of Roc-A-Fella Records, Yukmouth , Joe Budden, and even mentor 50 Cent.
Although Joe Budden didn't really have a dispute with The Game, his beef with G-Unit was started through 50 Cent's comments about Joe Budden's debut album. He criticized Budden's album for lacking street credibility. Joe Budden took offense and released various disses targeting G-Unit. In early 2004, a track on a mixtape had Budden dissing G-Unit on the same track that The Game was featured on. During 2004, The Game had exchanged several diss records with Joe Budden. The Game made many death threats towards Joe Budden. Joe Budden said that The Game was on the TV show "Change Of Heart" and had a tongue ring. The Game admitted to both allegations on his website. They mutually decided to stop making diss records towards each other at a party in New York.
A video surfaced on the internet in early 2004 that had Yukmouth in a studio with rapper Domination, who happened to be making a G-Unit diss. At the end of the clip, Yukmouth makes comments about Game having a tongue ring. In October 2004, The Game released a diss record directed towards Yukmouth, using the same beat Yukmouth is most famous for, "I Got 5 On It". Yukmouth responded with two diss tracks and a music video for the second diss track, featuring an impersonator of The Game. Both disses claimed the same things Joe Budden had said but also said The Game was slapped by Suge Knight. That rumor was supposedly started by Daz Dillinger. The Game responded on his website, saying that if Suge Knight ever touched him, Knight would be "6 feet under". In February 2005, Yukmouth released a mixtape called "All Out War" with several tracks directed towards The Game. Yukmouth claimed on the mixtape that The Game used to be a male stripper and he has a video of it as proof to be released on United Ghettos Of America 3 DVD. Yukmouth continues to beef with The Game.
Murder, Inc. Records
Apparrently signing rapper Vita to his own label The Black Wall Street Records was the reason why Murder, Inc had a grudge against The Game. Also having G-Unit on the side of The Game made it more likely an association beef not a typical beef like 50 Cent having with the label.
Roc-A-Fella and Jay-Z
Throughout the debut of The Game, he had a beef with Memphis Bleek. The origin of the beef stems from JT the Bigga Figga's old label (Get Low) sounding very similar to Memphis Bleek's label (Dirty Get Low). The Game was on Get Low Records before signing to Aftermath. The Game dissed Memphis Bleek for the name situation on many tracks. Another rivalry is based on a line from The Game's "Westside Story" track where he says "And I don't do button up shirts or drive Maybachs", which Jay-Z took this as a direct insult to him. The result of this is a Jay-Z freestyle that The Game perceived was disrespecting him, with lines like "The Game's through." Memphis Bleek also challenged The Game to a rap battle for $50,000 that night on the same radio station that aired the freestyle.
The Game responded the next day at a concert in Amsterdam where he made several remarks about Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, and Roc-A-Fella Records in an impromptu song. Jay-Z insisted the "Game" references were just about the rap game itself, not the rapper. The Game also fell back when Tim Westwood asked questions about it on a radio station in the U.K. the same day. In his concert in Los Angeles he dissed everyone he had beef with in the past, which included Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella. Jay-Z has not responded to the disses The Game has made at the concerts.
50 Cent and G-Unit
The Game was the fifth member of the rap group G-Unit just a few months ago, until 50 Cent announced on the radio he was booting The Game out. 50 Cent claimed that the rapper was disloyal for not participating in his rap war with Nas, Jadakiss, and Fat Joe and not giving him proper credit for The Game's album debut. 50 Cent claimed that The Game was not only a hard head but almost a risk for the whole G-Unit camp cause it caused beef with Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent. Also rumors that 50 Cent did have a minor altercation such as a pushing match with The Game. Unaware of the situation, The Game had went to confront 50 Cent at the Hot 97 radio station. When they were not allowed entry to the building, the entrouage of both 50 Cent and The Game were involved in a dispute leading to a member getting shot and wounded. The websites stated that 50 Cent's security was The Game is known as The Best in the G-Unit camp by alot of people in Southside Queens. So they were involved in the shooting of one of The Game's entrouage.
The reason for The Game and 50 Cent stemmed from the "lack" of response to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre album in which 50 Cent wanted to have his album in February, not March. Jealousy among the G-Unit members and The Game was also was considered a factor.
The rappers had officially put an end to the beef between one another and donated money to charitable causes. Although they rarely made eye contact, they both agreed that they were not risking their lives over this feud.
Recently The Game was put back on the label G-Unit Records by 50 Cent.
Benzino and The Source recently dissed The Game over his comments from his album The Documentary. The Game stated on "Don't Need Your Love" his displeasure of The Source. Also The Game recorded a scathing freestyle with Malice, a white rapper from Compton to respond towards the situation between Benzino and Eminem. Benzino responded on the song "Check Mate". Benzino has had a long standing feud with Eminem and has dissed several artists on Interscope in the past. An affiliate of The Game was interviewed for The Source. The cover story will explain what happened between The Game and 50 Cent after the incident at Hot 97.
The Black Wall Street
The Black Wall Street Records is a label started by the rapper The Game and his half brother Big Fase 100. The label features artists Vita (formerly of Murder, Inc), 4Bent (known as Billboard), G-Malone, Life and Producer Nu Jerzy Devil. The Game is also appointed as an artist although he is also signed to Aftermath Entertainment and G-Unit Records. The labels are distributed through Interscope. The Black Wall Street Records is not affiliated with G-Unit.
- "Westside Story" - (2004) #93 US
- "How We Do" (featuring 50 Cent) - (2004) #4 US, #5 UK
- "Hate It Or Love It" (remix) - (2005) #2 US
- Untold Story (produced by JT The Bigga Figga)
- The Documentary (produced by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - (2005) #1 US, #7 UK
- West Coast Resurrection (produced by JT The Bigga Figga)
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