Fans have a lot of things to say about Jayceon Taylor. Whether he’s known as The Game or simply Game, the towering Compton rapper has been an active conversation piece among Hip-Hop heads since his career started over a decade ago. Yet, for all the chatter about his name-dropping, bi-polar attitude, and overall rash sense of decision making, there’s no denying the man’s outstanding ability on the mic. With a catalogue consisting of five albums that range from classic to above average and more than a few trendsetting mixtapes, the Dr. Dre protege has earned his spot amongst Hip-Hop’s most desirable emcees for much more than his occasional antics.
In case there’s anyone out there who let ill-advised opinions block out Chuck Taylor’s musical talents, let us put you on ten undeniable Game songs everyone should know.
“How We Do”
In the early 2000s, Game earned himself an Aftermath contract after bubbling first in the Bay Area and later on the East Coast. However, his status as Cali’s savior didn’t truly connect with the masses until Doc Dre linked him with 50 Cent and G-Unit. This simplistic, 808-driven lead single from his debut album The Documentary was the tipping point.
“Hate It Or Love It”
While chemistry between 50 and Game was clear on the aforementioned radio smash, their second hit from The Documentary was even bigger and much more introspective. With Jayceon professing love for his mother and Curtis unveiling the curtain on his confused youth, fans got a side of both G-Unit members they had never heard and the breezy dedication to underdogs took off as a result.
With a classic Kanye soul sample fueling his pen, Game detailed an unlikely rags-to-riches story for fans on this inspiring single from The Documentary.
“Start From Scratch”
One of the key storylines early in Game’s career was how he got robbed and shot in his own home a few years before being signed to Interscope. This eerie standout, produced by Dr. Dre and Scott Storch, from his Documentary debut details the night of said incident in grave detail, delivered via a drunken, hiccup-induced style from the emotionally unkempt emcee.
“300 Bars N Runnin”
When 50 Cent publicly kicked The Game out of G-Unit on live radio for not being loyal enough, there’s no way he could have known the results would have been so detrimental.
Instead of Game backing down to his former leader, the hard-headed Cali rapper proceeded to verbally annihilate his former clique with this epic 15-minute diss track, throwing endless jabs at each member atop DJ Skee’s collage of classic instrumentals. The release was a huge success, spawning a whole G-Unot smear campaign, which consisted of numerous full-blown mixtapes and essentially ended Curtis’ run atop the game.
“It’s Okay (One Blood)”
As a result of his fued with 50 Cent, The Game was going into his second album The Doctor’s Advocate with very few allies. Yet, despite having no beats from his mentor Doc Dre on a project named in his honor, the resilient Compton rapper teamed with Junior Reid for this extremely aggressive remake of the reggae singer’s biggest hit. The record fared surprisingly well and set a taking no prisoners tone for his surprisingly excellent sophomore effort.
“Wouldn’t Get Far”
As his Doctor’s Advocate album continued to thrive after being released in 2006, Game was roundly revered as a menacing gangster rapper and rightfully so. However, this playful collaboration with his pal Kanye West painted Chuck in a lighter vein, which gave him another viable radio smash and helped make his brand even more desirable to the public.
In an era when Lil Wayne was being used as a guest appearance on everyone’s single, Game relegated the Ca$h Money martian to hook duties on this touching standout track from his 2008 L.A.X. album. The results couldn’t have come out better. Elegantly produced by Cool N Dre, this open-ended question as to why he’s still standing when his comrades are not may be Blood’s best song.
“Hustlin (Champions Anthem)”
When the Lakers won their last championship in 2010, The Game graced fans with this gem from his Brakes Lights mixtape to help celebrate. However, instead of offering cheesy Pau Gasol name drops, the Black Wall Street leader used the pedestal to proudly show how far he’s come to achieve his own personal level of prosperity. This is music for standing atop a mountain.
For this triumphant track off Jayceon’s underrated fourth studio LP, The R.E.D. Album, the CPT soldier used a renown Boyz In The Hood reference to channel his own real life tragedies and voice opposition to social oppression with emphasis, thumping his chest atop menacing keystrokes, somber sax melodies and gun blast drums.