Big Boy Game

73/game1.jpgIt’s a sweltering June Sunday, and the world-renowned epicenter of sensory overload known as Times Square is characteristically abuzz with energy. “The Naked Cowboy,” a muscular blond wearing nothing but a pair of tightie-whities and a cowboy hat, strums his guitar in competition with Peruvian flutists, African street merchants, portrait artists, hot dog vendors and thousands of volts of neon electricity for the attention of countless wide-eyed tourists and theater-goers.

Calmly blending into the chaos is a 20-deep group of men, the majority sporting a bright splash of Blood-red clothing. They, too, are out-of-town visitors, also here for a show, and also in need a bit of direction. Seems their group leader—who just happens to be the controversial, West Coast–reppin’ rap phenom Jayceon Taylor, a.k.a. The Game—wants some T-shirts, and they are trying to figure out where to go. Hearing of a nearby Foot Locker, they’re off, forming a human wall around their man as they walk.

Tall and lanky, with piercing, maple-colored eyes, Game has a scruffy beard after weeks out alongside Snoop Dogg on the How the West Was One tour. The trademark scowl he affects for photos and videos has been replaced by a relaxed, easy smile, while the teardrop tattoo below his left eye is now balanced by a butterfly inked below his right. “I got the teardrop in the streets,” he says, “shooting and gangbanging, selling crack and whatever me and my brother and my friends was doing.” Then, pointing to his new addition, “I put all that behind me, so the butterfly represents new life. I have a son now, and it’s about his life. And my dad wrote this poem about my grandmother called ‘The Butterfly,’ so it’s for her, too.” Then he chuckles. “And chicks dig it.”

73/game2.jpgHe wears a black Chicago White Sox fitted, jeans so baggy he’s constantly pulling them up, and an oversized white tee—the outline of a bulletproof vest visible through the cotton. Game winks. “Ain’t nobody gonna Tupac me.” He looks around at his sizable crew—which includes his big brother, Fase Hunned, two beefy bodyguards, and a host of homies and artists in his Black Wall Street click—and announces proudly, “Now this is what you call an entourage.”

As the posse hustles down Broadway, the bodyguards are a little over-aggressive, shooing away fans who get too close, swiping at camera phones poised for a photo of the star. One man, who makes the mistake of walking into the circle, is slapped out of the way and left standing, dazed, as the group mows by. “I love it when they do that,” says Game of his team’s tactics. But then he turns with a concerned look and admits sympathetically, “They are kinda mean, aren’t they.”

Upon entering Foot Locker, Game cheerfully greets the store employees. “Where the G-Unit stuff at?” he shouts. “I need some G-Unit!” The workers, confused, dutifully bring him whatever they have in stock. It is indeed an odd request, considering that just months earlier, Game was abruptly and very publicly excommunicated from his former group by G-Unit commander-in-chief, 50 Cent. On a chilly afternoon in February, at the same time Game was professing his allegiance on one New York hip-hop station, 50 was on the other, announcing his dismissal. Later that night, when Game and his boys went to confront 50 at the Hot 97 studio, they were met by G-Unit security. A fight broke out, shots were fired, and Game’s friend Kevin “Peanut” Reed was hit and wounded. The beef was supposedly squashed two weeks later at a press conference in Harlem, where the two rappers shook hands, posed for pictures and donated funds to charity. They avoided eye contact with each other, though, shared few words and left separately.

Game leans over and confesses why he’s so hot to find the gear. “I’m gonna do something special onstage tonight,” he says. “It may not go over very well, but that’s the risk I have to take.” He eventually buys two G-Unit T-shirts and, on the way back to his hotel, starts to explain his plan of action for the evening. He’ll be performing at Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam—the New York area’s largest hip-hop concert of the year. He is a co-headliner, followed only by his tourmate, Snoop, and he wants to use this high-profile event to make a statement. “See,” he says excitedly, a gleam of malice in his eye, “I’ve got this part in the show where a rat—who’s supposed to be 50 Cent, you know—and a gorilla come out and…”

Hours later at Giants Stadium, 55,000 fans watch as two of Game’s boys—one in a furry rat costume, the other in a gorilla suit, each wearing a previously purchased G-Unit shirt—come onstage, where they are immediately knocked to the ground and kicked relentlessly by the rest of the crew, who wear black tees reading “G-Unot.” Game rants about the injustices leveled on him by 50’s crew. “They kicked me out the group,” he says, “I didn’t ask to be kicked out.” He starts up a chant: “50 Cent can suck my dick! Tony Yayo can suck my dick!” But most of the spectators seem as confused as the Foot Locker staff, and not many join in. After throwing his once-prized G-Unit chain into the crowd, he continues on with the performance, ironically launching into “How We Do,” one of his hits that feature 50 on the chorus. “Sing the hook!” Game commands the lukewarm audience, “Sing it since you like 50 so much.” Finally, he stomps offstage, leaving everyone to ponder whether they’ve just seen a rap show or witnessed an exorcism.

A few days later, a much more subdued Game is at home, taking in the hazy L.A. sunshine. Wearing a stretched-out wifebeater, basketball shorts and black Nike Airs, he stands in the middle of the street, checking out his brother Fase’s customized Dodge Magnum. Fase—once known as “Scarface” because of the train-track of a scar that runs below his left eye—explains how to open and shut the Lamborghini-style flip-up doors (“Very carefully”). The small, unassuming block they call home is dotted with squat, pastel-colored houses with neat squares of lawn in front. The children of Game’s next-door neighbors, a Latino family, run playfully about in their yard. It might seem like any other suburb if all the windows didn’t have bars on them, if there weren’t some 20 dudes milling about on security detail. This, after all, is Compton.

It’s here that Jayceon Taylor became “Chuck” Taylor and, ultimately, The Game. Here, with the long avenues and streets with deceptively serene names like Willowbrook and Cedar and Elm, is where he feels most comfortable, despite the occasional explosion of gunfire.

Game lumbers up to the house that serves as the Black Wall Street studio, office space and crash pad. Parked in the driveway, his brand-new Bentley coupe is of a size that makes the building look like a Monopoly piece. One of Game’s homies, a compact, muscular fellow with an impeccably groomed goatee and a G-Unot shirt, sits on the front stoop, a large gun lying openly on his lap. He doesn’t bother to look up or move out of the way.

  • bluerid

    leaving everyone to ponder whether they’ve just seen a rap show or witnessed an exorcism.
    yeah go excorcism some more i just saw u guys on mtv with ”hustlers ambition and i aint getting in your way and remember i need you to hate you said that yourself!!!

  • bluerid

    man curse the day i ever heared your music at all.i got my man marshall and my homeboy cam and u got nuthin on us.

  • http://XXL Brenda

    BIG BOY GAME IS JUST DOING HIS THING THAT’S P.I.M.P

  • CaLi Is AcTive

    I have to say Jayceon’Chuck’Taylor is the King of The West Coast 100%! He is so fuckin dope he is in a class by himself along with Pac and Eazy. I am so glad he left the wack ass 50 Cent and his G Unot crew! And Spider Loc- Sorry Spider Joke will never able to test my homie Game on the mic period, you wack bastard, just keep suckin off 50 and Banks, that’s what you’re only good at it. I am so glad The Game is from California and reppin Compton, as he is the best rapper from Cali in a long time. I can’t wait for The Doctor’s Advocate to drop the shit will be classic.

    P.S Fuck G Unot ya fools are gonna fall apart soon

  • rav_westside

    50 this 50 that wat the fuck is that The Game Doind it these days no one can do better den that and its all because of aftermath The Game is number one so all u mudafuckers hate The Game go and Fuck yourself watch when The Doctor’s Advocate come out so watchout WESTCOAST is Back Staright outta Compton its Blackwallstreet For Lyfe i know sum people hate it Because they wanna be it

  • CapitalE2ThaWest

    The Game is holdin down the West Coast Fuck spider loc he aint nothin but a joke so is tony yayo the whole g unit is in a straight line spreadin out there legs 4 Olivia could stick her DiCk up inside the whole GgGGggGG u Not Cr3w / Game keep doin what u doin Put out major Hits 4 the streetz cuz down in the coachella valley foo’s be digin your style of RAP GunoT 50

  • http://www.myspace.com/gelti1 Mr 4-skin

    WHy do people think there black? you god dam whiggers. im gonna kill your mum.
    stop trying to be someone your not.

  • http://www.xanga.com/xzibit5 Harvin Singh 50

    hi

    fuck game , fat joe and ja rule and mo fuckheadz

    from

    50 biggest fan and a rapper
    cyaz

    G – unit/Interscope

  • http://www.myspace.com/lemonboy Boogymaster 4 Lemonboy

    let Game do the talkin’ and yappin’ while fiv’0 chills minding his bank account. It’s all good!! lemonboy!!!!

  • CapitalE2ThaWest

    Fuck boogy master and Harvin singh takin the stand like a snitch follow the RAT also known as 50 cent he may be rich and have bricks of money but at the end of the day you’ll still be a snitch and be layin in a kazkit 12 feet underneath the dirt The game got the West coast on LOcked but Tupac Has the Crown For that Number One Spot from the east 2 tha west/Spider is a joke I rest My Case Im Done

  • SUPERSINGH

    ite i had to say sumin on here
    FUK 50 CENT AND DA REST OF G-UNIT

    the game is sik he slayed all da gunit members on his mixtapes

    and watch the dvd stopsnitchinstop lyin
    den yall understand

    gggggg-unot

  • Capital_E_2ThaWest

    Murda Mase U going to HelL

  • http://blackwallstreet4life phily

    fuck 50!!!!fuckin snitch!!!!and fuck ur boys ,50(the police)!!ireland has no love for 50 cent!!!ggggggggg-unot

  • http://xxlmag.com DLoc

    I have to admit game is one of the sickest rappers there is no doubt. even though im a CRIP and games a blood i still like him. I think he should squash his beef with g-unit. i think the kings of the west r game spider loc an snoop dogg

  • http://xxlmag.com DLoc

    50 aint no snitch. I know that cause in the newest issue of vibe magazine it says that on his song ghetto quran he said 50 who shot u. u think it was preme freeze or tah tah. then he told the cops to read his lyricsand on many men 50 said that hommo shot him

  • http://www.xanga.com/xzibit5 Harvin Singh 50 g- unit clip

    hi , CapitalE2ThaWest fucking suck a dick u stupid muthafucka u just hate 50 coz he is richer than u bitches if u have guts add me g-unitsoldierclip@hotmail.com and any1 who likes g – unit

    fuck wackwallstreet , gay joe , ja doesnt rule

    2$ / interscope

  • derek

    GAME IS WACK, W/O WRITERS, HE’S AVERAGE AT BEST..I’LL BE SURPRISED IF INTERSCOPE EVEN PUTS OUT HIS ALBUM…..YOU WANTED TO BE A DRAMA QUEEN AND HATE ON JA/YOU THINK YOUR 2ND LP WILL GO PLATINUM, MMMMM NA

  • THE REALEST

    man 50 aint even got the nigga who shot him yet, how the fuck he gon get my boy Game?

    50 is a punk ass bitch who aint gangsta, sellin crack, what a bitch i bet he was on some weed selling tip.

  • http://GUNITYAHOO.COM 50 CENT

    hi people

    my name is 50 cent
    curtis faggotson.
    me yayo buck spyda are gay.
    we dick ride dre everyday.
    game left us cause we suck dick.
    we love you game please cum back.
    I (50) made a big mistake.
    you are the dope rapper.we suck.
    my crew g unit or g unot are dead .
    olivia is a man with a small inch dick
    MY MAN GAME IS DA BEST CUM BACK.
    IM WACK.IM A SNITCH.IM A BITCH NIGGA.

    GAME LEFT BECAUSE WERE ALL HOMOSEXUALS

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