By Valerie Victor
The Game starred in A&E Networks’ three-part docuseries about the history of Compton, followed by the release of a new 11-track companion project of the same name, ‘Streets of Compton.’ The documentary recently premiered parts one and two. The third and final hour will premiere on today, June 16, 2016 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E Networks. The brand new docuseries also features exclusive new music from The Game’s companion project, “Streets Of Compton,” which is expected to release tomorrow, June 17, 2016.
The city of Compton has a story to tell, and The Game is the narrator. Taking the audience through the streets of Compton, he paints a vivid picture for all to see. While introducing the world to Compton, The Game also lets the world into his personal life and upbringing. Exclusive appearances from his mother, Lynette Baker, father, G.A. Taylor, manager, Cash Jones, and childhood friends Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, and former Black Panther, Robert Johnson help weave his story together.
Few people know the story of how the city went from a predominantly white, conservative suburb of Los Angeles in the 1950s to ground zero for notorious gangs like the Pirus, the Crips, and Sureños in the 1980s. This documentary, tells the city’s history, and illustrates how the iconic music, culture and style that came out of the area in the ‘80s and early ‘90s were influenced by the drugs, gangs and political turmoil of the time.
The series is filled with exclusive interviews and appearances from individuals such as the former Compton resident and actress, Niecy Nash, comedian, Paul Rodriguez, and musicians Lil Eazy-E, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, DJ Speed, Tha Chill, MC Eiht, AD, Payso and Problem.
Other Compton notables featured in the documentary include Mayor, Aja Brown, former mayors Omar Bradley and Eric Perrodin; former Compton Councilwoman Patricia Moore, members of the Compton police department gang unit; gang experts and many more.
Ultimately, the documentary is one that will touch many, and open the eyes of even more. It is not only informational, but it is a story that takes you on a ride through the Games’s life, and the lives of thousands that live in Compton today.
In addition to the documentary, The Game is releasing an 11-track Streets of Compton companion project. The album is a testament to Game’s respect for his hometown of Compton. The album is authentic, hard-hitting, and brutally honest, which matches the tone of his documentary. The Game recruited the League of Stars, Bongo, among other hip-hop producers. The album boasts guest features from fellow Compton artists like Problem, Boogie, J3, Payso, Micah, AD, Av and more.
The projects was produced by Creature Films and eOne for A&E Network. The executive producers for Creature Films are Mark Ford, who also serves as director, and Kevin Lopez. The executive producers for eOne are Tara Long and John Morayniss. The Game, Cash “Wack 100” Jones, and Alan Grunblatt, also serve as executive producers on this project as well. The executive producers for A&E Network are, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson.
This article was published in Hype Magazine.