He grew up in a primarily Crip gang neighborhood known as Santana Blocc, In an October 2006 interview with MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, The Game described his family as "dysfunctional". When he was 15, Taylor was removed from the foster care system and moved in with his mother, and he initially had a tumultuous relationship with her.
He appeared in ads for Sean Combs's Sean John clothing company and had an endorsement deal with Boost Mobile, appearing in a commercial alongside Kanye West and Ludacris.
2 through his own record label and appeared on the video game NBA Live 2004 on a song produced by Fredwreck called "Can't Stop Me".
Later that year, the young rapper Lil Eazy-E, son of rapper the late Eazy-E, entered a feud with Game.
Game also appeared heavily on the mixtape circuit and guest starred on mixtapes for DJ Green Lantern, The Diplomats, and G-Unit.
The first single released with Game on it was "Certified Gangstas", which also featured Jim Jones and Cam'ron.
A rising artist in the 2000s, The Game was 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. The Game's second major label album Doctor's Advocate was released on November 14, 2006 and it became his second straight album to debut at number one on the U. The 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". In September 2011, The Game started working on his ninth studio album, Jesus Piece, which was released on December 11, 2012, his final album released by Interscope.