On the 12th anniversary of his debut album The Documentary, The Game was feeling a little bit sentimental, and he took some time to thank the people who helped him get to where he is now.
In a post on Instagram from Wednesday, The Game wrote: “12 years ago today I dropped my 1st album. An album that would go on to sell 10 million copies worldwide & reshape my city & coast.”
He also reserved special praise for two men who helped make his dream come true — legendary producer Dr. Dre and friend-turned-enemy-turned-strip-club-acquaintance 50 Cent.
“I’m forever in debt to Dr. Dre for believing in my dream… [and] 50 Cent for helping push it through the final stages.”
After The Game signed to Interscope, Dr. Dre had The Game work with rising star 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew to build hype around the West Coast newcomer — a move that ended up being a stroke of genius.
12 years ago today I dropped my 1st album. An album that would go on to sell 10 million copies worldwide & reshape my city & coast…. I'm forever in debt to @DrDre for believing in my dream… [YOU] my fans for the support then & the ones that are still going hard for me at this very moment…. ain't no ME without YOU ! @50cent for helping push it through the final stages…. my brother @BigFase100 & @ComptonGRide for helping birth what the world would know as #TheBlackWallStreet & last but not least… my son @hvrlemtaylor for being the motivation behind everything I put into this album. Without the birth of my 1st son, I wouldn't have ever had the fire inside me to be anything other than dead. Before him, I didn't give a fuck about who's life I took or who would take mine…. all I knew was #Compton…. & I figured I'd end up shot dead in the streets over gangbangin just because that is the mentality of a young African-American male coming from where I come from…… When I came out, it was just me, @SnoopDogg, @xzibit & @tyrese representing #LosAngeles on a worldwide scale in music & #TheDocumentary changed the way hip hop fans/critics viewed #WestCoast rap niggas….. after this album, they had to respect us for more than just gangsta rap, but for being lyricists as well…… from @IceCube to @KendrickLamar & @YG, we have flourished as a rap culture…. I can remember being at my grandmothers house listening to @Nas's albums & perfecting my flow & the pocket listening to @2pac gave me the style & confidence to enter & win every freestyle battle I entered until I met #JTTheBiggaFigga & recorded my demo. The rest is history & this is my acknowledgement to my fans, family & all those who believed in & supported me the past 12 years…. #Happy12thBday #TheDocumentary
The Game and 50 Cent have a long and storied history together. After 50 Cent and G-Unit worked with The Game on The Documentary, The Game ended up feuding with the Queens OG for a host of well-documented reasons — but the pair apparently buried the hatchet after a decade of dispute when The Game confirmed in late 2016 that “Ain’t nobody on that old shit.”
Also shouted out in The Game’s Instagram post were other West Coast heavyweights such as Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube and YG, with The Game saying, “We have flourished as a rap culture.”
Twelve years on, it’s fair to say that The Documentary is a monumental album, shifting 586,000 copies in its first week and going on to sell more than 10 million units worldwide. At the time of its release, HipHopDX wrote that we wouldn’t be surprised if it was the best album released in 2005. Looking back, it has certifiably stood the test of time.