Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game or simply Game, is an American rapper. Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop industry, 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. Games mixtape reached the hands of Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, who was originally 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" and "Doctors Advocate" in 2006. The Recording Industry Association of America certified his album "The Documentary" double platinum in March 2005 and it has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
A rising artist in the 2000s, Game was considered a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop into the mainstream and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts. Game was placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. As a result of 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 obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006. Game's second album "Doctors Advocate" was released November 14, 2006 and it became his second straight album to debut at #1 on the U.S Billboard 200 chart. "Doctors Advocate" did not feature any production from Dr. Dre. Pitchfork Media placed "The Documentary" #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 "Doctors Advocate" best hip hop album of 2006.