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Who’s Older, Rapper Edition: Nelly vs. The Game?

Shimmy, shimmy cocoa what’s up guys? Welcome to another edition of Who’s Older, featuring two hip hop artists we will always love, no matter how many years pass. But while both gentlemen have plenty of great qualities, one has been laying 'em out for others to enjoy for a while longer than the other.

Let’s meet the players. In one corner, we have Nelly, aka Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., who was born in Austin, Texas (shocker!) but has been repping St. Louis for a long time. He came on the scene with the group St. Lunatics back in 1993 and started his solo career in 2000, when he dropped Country Grammar, an album we’re still listening to without a shred of irony.

On the other side of the ropes is The Game, aka Jayceon Terrell Taylor, who came into the world via the city of Compton and still lives in LA. He released his first mixtape, You Know What It Is Volume 1 back in 2002, which made it to the talented talons of both P. Diddy and Dr. Dre. While both moguls wanted to sign him, The Game went with Dre, and forgot about Diddy. The Doctor put him in G-Unit, with 50 Cent helping Game get his name out there. But in 2006, tension grew between the two rappers, and he left the Unit. Repping the West Coast ever since he first came on the scene, JTT has had a number of top performing songs.

Clearly, both men are talented, complex stars, with long futures in front of them — but one of these fellas got a head start. Think you know who it is? Click through to see if you’re right!

12.9.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Julia Wayne
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