The Game is one of hip-hop most tenured rappers, but he went through a lifetime of experiences before he even picked up a pen. Those who have followed Game's journey know that there was a pivotal moment in his life before rap that drove him into becoming an artist.

Today marks 18 years since Game was shot five times and sent into a coma in 2001. In his latest Instagram post, he reflects on this moment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OCTOBER 1ST 2001 ‼️ 18 years since I was in a coma after getting shot 5 times in the dope spot... I look at this video of the younger me & I can’t do anything but thank God for the opportunity to have a second chance. All I knew was Cedar Block Piru !!!! I’m tellin y’all, I was a real fuck up... I didn’t go nowhere without 3 guns on me... I used to play basketball wit a glock on my waist in the holster... Compton made me that way. 2 dead brothers, n everybody make in my family gang banned.... that was the way. Foster care... the system wouldn’t let me go back to my momma & then when They finally did.. I was different than my momma was used to.. I wasn’t her sweet 8 year old baby anymore.. So my momma didn’t want shit to do with me at that point, my granny died on me right after high school & crushed me... I was in & out the County Jail, hardcore gang banging... shoot outs wit rival crip niggas round my way, all my homies that were alive then that are dead now.... from then to now so much has changed for me... I didn’t have any children when I got shot now I have 3 & their doing amazing in life. Back then, I didn’t care if I lived or died & that was normal to me. I never expected nor cared to live past 25 years old. I literally didn’t give a fuck !!!! My childhood was rough.... sometimes I do not know how I made it out of all I’ve been through... but, I did... & I guess that’s the only important part of my story at this point in life. I’m here..... & I look at my kids & they have no idea what I went through so they could be here & have what they have..... #HateItOrLoveIt #HappySurvivalAnniversarySelf 🙏🏾

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"OCTOBER 1ST 2001 ‼️ 18 years since I was in a coma after getting shot 5 times in the dope spot... I look at this video of the younger me & I can’t do anything but thank God for the opportunity to have a second chance," Game captioned a clip of his younger self. "I’m tellin y’all, I was a real fuck up...  I never expected nor cared to live past 25 years old. I literally didn’t give a fuck !!!!... sometimes I do not know how I made it out of all I’ve been through... but, I did... & I guess that’s the only important part of my story at this point in life. I’m here....."

In the video that accompanies the caption, The Game shows off his five bullet wounds. He also holds a short conversation with a reporter. In the video, he talks about how the shooting changed his perspective on life and gives context to his track "Dreams." 

"It was like waking up from anything," he said when describing coming out of his coma. "I don't know what dying's like but I know you just go to sleep and you never wake up. And if it's anything how that little short-lived coma was, then it's not really nothing no one can deal with. And really your ass can't do shit about it."