Compton rapper the Game emerged as one of the early-2000s rawest voices on the West Coast hip-hop scene, with intense autobiographical narratives and a hungry need to assert his lyrical presence. His forceful talent was established with his 2005 studio debut The Documentary, and the rapper moved tirelessly for the next decade-and-a- half, releasing a non-stop string of mixtapes, singles, and excellent albums including 2008's LAX, 2011's The R.E.D. Album, and 2019's Born 2 Rap. The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor in Compton in 1979. Involved in the drug trade after a rough childhood, it took being shot during a home invasion to get him away from dealing drugs and into a life in music. Inspired by N.W.A, The Chronic, Doggystyle, and classic albums from 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z, Game began rapping in 2001 and never looked ...
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