Game was a Compton-area drug dealer known by his government name, Jayceon Taylor, when he was shot in an attack on October 1, 2001. He was at the apartment where he dealt drugs, when unexpected visitors appeared at the door. He was shot five times, but managed to make a call for an ambulance. He soon slipped into a coma which lasted three days. It was during his recovery period that Game decided to become a rapper.