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In Compton, less than a week before The Documentary, 2005's first "most-anticipated album of the year," hits stores, he's hanging out. Game is in front of one of his favorite spots, Smitty's Liquor on the West Side of Compton, surrounded by Crips and fellow members of his gang, the Bloods. All of them are in his clique, Black Wall Street. "Yeah man, we blending," Game says of his flanking squad, mostly made up of men from two gangs that have historically been at war, but who have found common ground in their support of Game and pursuit of better lives. "It's 'Black Wall Street.' It's not 'Red Wall Street,' it ain't 'Blue Wall Street,' it's 'Black Wall Street.' If you see the cover of Vibe this month, I got on a real controversial T-shirt: It's a Blood and a Crip shaking hands, both [blue and red] rags tied around the wrist."

Surrounded by his crew, Game tries to explain how his violence-infused upbringing has informed his harsh and heartrending view of life on the streets.

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"I didn't want to get out the game," Game remembers about the aftermath of getting shot. "I appreciated life more, but I didn't want to stop what I was doing, because I was having fun. Some people don't know. We don't have no other choice, so we develop the love for it. When a child grows up in this type of environment, and the older role models aren't really role models ... it's normal to be a gangbanger here. Don't nobody have a problem out here with being a gangbanger. Don't nobody out here have a problem with killing or shooting to defend themselves or save their own lives."

Game's ties to gangbanging existed from birth. Although he eventually followed his brother Big Fase Hunned into the Bloods, his mother was a Hoover Crip and his father and deceased older brother, Javon, were affiliated with the Nutty Block Crips.

"I seen my moms doing her thing," Game thinks back. "I seen my dad and my moms load guns together, take guns apart together. Smoke together, drink together and have good times. [I seen them] go out and do drive-bys. My mom is a hustler. My moms ain't ever have no working job and neither did my father."

Game's older brother Javon, while involved in gangs as well, got himself a record deal when he was 17. Game, who was 13, looked up to his brother and was shattered when Javon was shot at a gas station. He got into a dispute with a man over a girl.

"I remember going to the hospital, Martin Luther King right here in Compton," Game recalls, now sitting on the porch of the house he owns. "We went to the hospital to see my brother and I was crying. I was 13 years old, frightened, thought I was going to lose my brother. He was just so alive and so strong and he was like, 'Yeah, when I get out of here we gonna spend so much time together and it's gonna be me and you and Fase. We gonna do it right like real brothers supposed to do.' "

Shortly after Game left the hospital, he got the call telling him that his brother passed away.

"My dad wasn't really there for us like he should have been," says Game, a few tears flowing down his face. "I think ultimately that led to my brother's murder. I really felt that if my dad was in our life a little bit more, then, you know, my brother would probably still be here. We'd probably be doing something even more positive than rap. 'Cause rap ain't always the most positive thing, and rap leads to deaths ... B.I.G., Tupac. I think about that every day when I look in my son's eyes. It's enough to make a grown man cry, you know. I think about the things that I say or the things that I have said and I think like, 'Damn.' "


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