Dre has a way of finding real life gangstas for his
label, and The Game is no exception. The up-and-comer
has lived a crime-filled life on the streets, and he
also shoots from the hip in the recording studio. Of
all the new rappers coming up in the '05, his is the
Dr. Dre shared exactly what made him sign the Game to
"What I look for first is just the imaging," Dre said.
"I'm watching how he walked through the door, and of
course, you have to have that talent. The way he
sounded, the delivery he had on the microphone, the
lyrics, all of it turned me on. Then our personalities
clicked in the studio and there it is. It worked. The
talent gets you in and the personality keeps you there."
The Game, who like his labelmate 50 Cent, survived a
shooting to later become a professional rapper, has the
utmost respect for his mentor.
He even wanted to name his debut after Dre's former
"We had the title of the album slated to be N.W.A," Game
said, "[because] you know, being from Compton and signed
to Dr. Dre and just growing up in that N.W.A melting pot
when they were putting it down. We had some legal issues
with it and so we had to change the name."