Author: Anthony Ward
Rapper The Game also known as Jayceon “Chuck” Taylor is not only a Compton OG, but a West Coast legend.
He’s came a long way from his days with G-Unit and petty feud with 50 cent.
The west coast talent has recorded 8 albums over the span of his career.
Jayceon has worked and produced with the likes of Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Dom Kennedy, and a slew of other artists.
He starred in movies such as Waist Deep and Belly 2, and produced/
narrated the A&E Documentary “Streets of Compton”, which tells the history of his city and his start in hip-hop.
Now, he’s further deepened his discography with 1992, an already classic album.
1992 was not just an ordinary year. That year was a pivotal one for the United States, and especially California and its Hip Hop scene.
1992 saw the rise of LA Gangsta Rap and Snoop Dogg, with albums by Ice Cube, Ice-T,Dr. Dre, MC Ren, 2pac, and Scarface, but the music also foretold the uprising that same year.
The LA Riots jumped off after The Rodney King Verdict, which saw 4 police officers found not guilty of beating the motorist in 1991.
Today’s events are similar, with the rise of Black Lives Matter and rash of police shootings against unarmed Black men and woman.
1992 takes you into the riots and the mind of a young black male during the chaos.
On Track 1, Savage, Game takes listeners into the chaos going on during the burning and looting. “If it wasn’t black owned, it’s on fire.” “Koreans front like their stores black owned.”
• Track 3, Bompton, samples Funky by The D.O.C, and lets people know the difference between gangs, and how to conduct ones self in his city.
• Track 6, Young Niggaz, Game tells you a story of him and his brother sticking together during his tough childhood.
• Track 8, I grew up on Wu-Tang, is a tribute to East Coast Group Wu-Tang, who would make their debut a year later in 1993.
• Track 12, 92 bars, is perhaps Game’s best track, where he shouts out West Coast Contemporaries Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, and Kendrick Lamar, and disses Meek Mill.
1992 cements Game’s Legacy as one of the best in Hip Hop, and he’s not done yet. Catch him on tour in a city near you and listen to 1992 on iTunes now.