|Age/Date of Birth:||November 29, 1979|
|Height:||6 feet, 4 inches (1.92 m)|
|Wife or Girlfriend:||Valeisha Butterfield|
|Parents:||Father: George Taylor
Mother: Lynette Taylor
|Net Worth:||$22 million|
The Game is an American rapper, producer and entrepreneur who has been widely credited for relaunching the West coast rap into the mainstream. He was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor on November 29, 1972 in Los Angeles California. His moniker “The Game” was given to him by his grandmother whose favorite movie was the 1997 Michael Douglas movie of the same name.
Game grew up in Santana Blocc, a notorious and violent neighborhood in Compton California which was dominated by members of a gang known as The Crips. As a result, Taylor had a difficult childhood most of which he spent in foster care. When he was just 13, his older brother was murdered at a gas station. Two years later, Taylor began living with his mom. He soon became a gang member, joining Crips rivals, The Bloods led by his older half brother, Big Fase.
But despite engaging in several criminal activities popular with gangsters including selling drugs, Taylor succeeded in launching a music career in 2002. That was after he developed interest in rap music after surviving a gun shot during one of the usual gang-related violence. Since then, he has from the endeavor, gradually earned himself both name and wealth, with his net worth estimated at $22 million as of 2020.
A Breakdown of How The Game Built His Net Worth
Since after launching his music career, The Game has engaged in several lucrative enterprises that keep his pocket wet both within and outside the industry. Among these money-making ventures are:
- Music (album sales, tours/concerts, YouTube, and record labels)
- Endorsement deals
- Medical marijuana business
The Game landed his first recording deal with Get Low Recordz following the release of his debut mix tape, “You Know What It Is Vol. 1”. He soon after, attracted attention from hip hop bigwigs like Diddy and Dr. Dre, with the latter signing him to his label, Aftermath Entertainment. He also had a deal with Interscope Records which made him part of the G-Unit group that included 50 Cent, ad Lloyd Banks.
In 2004, The Game independently released his debut album, Untold Story to moderate success, selling more than 82,000 units in less than three months. He later hit his career big break with The Documentary, his debut major-label album which he released in January 2005 via Aftermath. The album recorded much success thanks to its preceding hit singles, “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It”, both of which received RIAA’s Gold certification.
The Documentary debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 586,000 in its first week. The album later sold over 5 million copies worldwide, receiving RIAA’s double-platinum and raking in close to $11 million.
More Commercial Success with Subsequent Releases
The Game’s next major album, Doctor’s Advocate which he released in 2006 under Universal Records debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, giving the rapper a second consecutive #1. The album sold 358,000 copies in its first week and 3 million copies worldwide, grossing over $4 million.
His third studio album, L.A.X. (2008) topped Billboard‘s “R&B/Hip-Hop” and “Rap Albums” charts, and reached #2 on Billboard 200. The album sold 238,000 copies in its first week and grossed more than $3 million.
In 2011, The Game released his fourth album, The R.E.D. Album which topped the three major US charts – Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop, and Top Rap Albums. The album sold over 100,000 copies in the first week and made a gross revenue of almost $4 million. The rapper’s subsequent albums recorded similar chart and commercial successes. However, his debut studio album, The Documentary remains his most commercially successful project to date.
In 2015, he released two sequels to the album – The Documentary 2 and The Documentary 2.5. Both albums charted Top 10 in the Billboard 200 with the former reaching #2. The two albums have collectively sold over 500,000 copies, with The Documentary 2 bringing in over $6 million. The albums also spawned hit singles “100” and “El Chapo” which respectively received RIAA’s Platinum and Gold.
According to Legit, 36% of The Game’s total net worth come from album sales. Aside from his albums, about 14 of the rapper’s songs have appeared on the Hot 100.
Tours and Live Performances
Another aspect of The Game’s music career from which he pockets millions is touring. So far, the rapper’s tours have grossed over $12 million, per Forbes. In 2008, his L.A.X. tour brought in a little over $2.5 million. The Game followed this up two years later with his European Club tour which reportedly grossed $1.7 million.
From 2011 to 2014, The Game embarked on other yearly club tours, with each bringing in over $1 million. In all, the rapper’s income from live performances account for 33% of his total wealth. He also runs a YouTube channel from which he has earned an estimate of over $5 million, per Forbes.
In addition to his solo projects, The Game has made some significant bucks from featuring in works of other artists. While working on his debut album, the rapper made a cameo appearance on 50 Cent’s hit single, “In da Club”. He has also featured on the mixtape tracks of several other rappers.
The Game owns a recording label called Blood Money Record. However, Blood Money was not the rapper’s initial venture into the enterprise of music production. In 2001, prior to officially launching his rap career, Game together with Big Fase and several other gang members, set up a label and began producing music. He later co-founded Rolex Records with fellow rapper Stat Quo in 2012, before finally setting up his on independent label.
Some of the successful artistes The Game has signed to Blood Money include Dubb, Skeme, and King Marie. He has also produced some of his own projects via the label. Among them is his 2016 studio album, 1992 which became his 8th album to peak atop the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It also reached #4 on Billboard 200 and spawned hit single “All Eyez” which was certified Gold by RIAA.
Late in 2019, The Game launched another independent imprint – Prolific Records. In addition to making music, the rapper markets a collection of merchandise through the label.
Earnings from Hollywood
Alongside music, The Game has boosted his net worth with earnings from acting roles both in movies and on TV. The rapper made his Hollywood debut in the 2006 drama action film, Waist Deep wherein he portrayed a major character.
His other movies include Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club (2006), Street Kings (2008) and House Arrest (2012). On TV, The Game has featured in shows like, Change of Heart, Marrying the Game, She Got Game, and more.
Brand Endorsements and other Business Ventures
Prior to the release of his first major album, The Game already found success endorsing several brands like Diddy’s Sean John clothing line and Boost Mobile. In 2005, he launched “The Hurricanes” shoe line in collaboration with 310 Motoring. So far, the rapper has earned over $300,000 in product endorsement.
Meanwhile, with many US states embracing the legalization of medical marijuana sale, The Game is among the rappers including Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa to own their own marijuana producing company. In 2016, he partnered with G FarmaBrands to produce his own strain of marijuana which can be used in beverages like drinks and even lemonade and traditional cigarettes. He is also the co-owner of a Santa Ana-based medical marijuana dispensary.
Here’s quick recap of The Game’s major earnings in the last few years based on Forbes‘ statistics:
- 2005: $10,979,010 (from The Documentary sales)
- 2006: $4,269,615 (form sales of Doctor’s Advocate)
- 2008: $6,209,670 (from LAX sales and tour)
- 2010: $1,700,000 ( from European Club tour)
- 2011: $6,028648 (R.E.D. Album sales and club tour)
- 2012: $5,444,670 (Jesus Piece and club tour)
- 2013: $1,657,500 (club tour)
- 2014: $1,593,750 (club tour)
- 2015: $7,374,450 (Documentary 2 and club tour)
A Look at The Game’s Lifestyle and How He Spends His Money
Rapper The Game has invested his money in a number of luxuries, among which are his real estate properties. The “Hate It or Love It” singer owns a lavish mansion in Calabasas which is reportedly worth about $1.4 million. Among other luxury features, the property boasts a tennis court, swimming pool and sauna, horse stables alongside elegant interior fixtures and decor.
The Game has also splashed millions in autos. Among his garage fleet are classy vehicles like a Panamera Porsche, Rolls Royce Ghost, Chevrolet Camaro, Ferrari F430, Bugatti Veyron, a Dodge Challenger, Bentley Truck, and more. Based on estimated costs of his cars, the rapper has spent nothing less than $2.5 million in automobile acquisition.
Aside from his personal collections, The Game has spent his money on several philanthropic acts. He runs a charity organization – “The Robin Hood Project” through which he donated over $500,000 in water bottles to victims of the Flint, Michigan water crisis in January 2016. He also from his personal account, gave out $500,000 to the same cause. Per a photo the rapper posted on Instagram, the checking balance of his charity account showed over $13 million.
Losses to Law Suits
Since making it to the spotlight, The Game has lost quite some handsome bucks to series of legal battles. In May 2005, the rapper was indicted in a $22 million physical assault case filed by a fan who was beaten up by his entourage during a concert he held at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington. Although he was not actually the the direct defendant in the suit, the “How We Do” singer spent some good money in attorney fees during the case.
Later the same year precisely in October, The Game lost $5 million in compensatory damages which he paid to five police officers who sued him for defamation over disorderly conduct and arrest refusal. The rapper in May 2007, bailed himself with $50,000 after the police arrested him for threatening someone with a gun during a basketball game in South Los Angeles. He later earned a 60-day prison sentence alongside 150-day community service after pleading no contest to the weapons charge in February, 2008.
But that was far from being the end of The Game’s legal woes. In December 2012, he paid fellow rapper, 40 Glocc $3000. That was after he lost an assault and battery suit the latter filed against him. Game had earlier in the year, beaten up Glocc during an altercation.
The Game’s biggest legal shock so far came in April 2020. That was after he lost ownership of his new Prolific records label as well as the entire royalties of his latest album, Born 2 Rap (2019) to Priscilla Rainey, a lady he sexually assaulted back in 2016. The court had in 2019, ordered Game to pay Rainey $7.1 million but the rapper failed to obey the orders, leading to latest verdict which would impact the rapper’s net worth negatively if carried out.
|Also Known As:||The Game|
|Famous For:||One of Dr. Dre's signees under Aftermath|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Antelope Valley College,
Harbor Community College,
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||November 29, 1979|
|Birth Place:||Compton, California, U.S.|
|Country of Residence: ||United States of America (USA)|
|Height:||6 feet, 4 inches (1.92 m)|
|Weight:||96 kg (209 pounds)|
|Eye Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Other Body Measurements:||Chest Size: 46 inches
Waist Size: 35 inches
Arms / Biceps – 16.5 in or 42
|Family and Relatives
|Children:||California Dream Taylor
King Justice Taylor
Harlem Caron Taylor
|Siblings:|| George Taylor III (Brother)
Sherani Taylor (Sister)
Tiasha Taylor (Sister)
|Estimated Net Worth:||$22 million|
|Source of Wealth:||His Youtube channel 'The Game'|