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The Game

 

The Game

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Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), known by his stage name The Game or simply Game, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, record producer and actor. Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of Dr. Dre's most notable protégés. Born in Los Angeles, California, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002, and landed a record deal with the independent label Get Low Recordz owned by JT the Bigga Figga. Game's mixtape reached the hands of Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, who originally was on the verge of signing him to his label. Five months later, he was discovered by Dr. Dre who listened to the mixtape and signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 2003. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his debut album "The Documentary" (2005) and "Doctor's Advocate" (2006). The Recording Industry Association of America certified his album "The Documentary" double platinum in March 2005 and it has sold over five million copies worldwide.

A rising artist in the 2000s, Game is considered to be a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop scene into the mainstream and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts.[3][4][5] Game was placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Due to his disputes with 50 Cent, Game left Aftermath Entertainment and signed with Geffen Records another label under Universal Music Group's Interscope-Geffen-A&M division to terminate his contractual obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006. Game's second album Doctor's Advocate was released on November 14, 2006 and it became his second straight album to debut at No. 1 on US Billboard 200 chart. Doctor's Advocate did not feature any production from Dr. Dre. Pitchfork Media placed "The Documentary" at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005. Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the smash single "Hate It or Love It". The New York Times named Doctor's Advocate best hip-hop album of 2006.[6]

His next album LAX was released in 2008. With his fourth studio album The R.E.D. Album, Game made a return to Interscope Records. In addition to music, Game has starred in motion pictures and founded The Black Wall Street Records. In September 2011, Game started working on his fifth studio album titled Jesus Piece which was released on December 11, 2012.

Discography

Studio albums

Independent albums

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
2006 Waist Deep Big Meat
2006 Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club G
2008 Street Kings Grill
2011 House Arrest DeAndre
Video games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mark "B-Dup" Wayne Voice role
2007 Def Jam: Icon Himself Voice role and likeness

Awards and nominations

YearNominated workAwardResult
2005 The Game BET AwardsBest New Artist[78] Nominated
Billboard Music Awards – Rap Artist of the Year[79] Nominated
Billboard Music Awards – New Artist of the Year[79] Nominated
MTV Video Music AwardBest New Artist in a Video – "Dreams"[80] Nominated
"How We Do" (feat. 50 Cent) Billboard Music Awards – Rap Song of the Year[79] Nominated
"Hate It or Love It" (feat. 50 Cent) BET Awards – Best Collaboration[78] Nominated
MTV Video Music Award – Best Rap Video[80] Nominated
2006 Grammy AwardsBest Rap Song[20] Nominated
Grammy Awards – Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group[20] Nominated
2007 Doctor's Advocate Ozone Awards – Best West Coast Rap Album[81] Won
2008 The Game Ozone Awards – Best West Coast Rap Artist[82] Won

 

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