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Fresh off the release of his much-anticipated fourth studio record, L.A. rapper Game is unleashing his first book. Titled, "The Making of Game's R.E.D. Album" (available in most digital formats with paperback forthcoming), it focuses on the record's studio sessions and path towards release after being delayed almost two years.

"I wanted to give my fans a behind-the-scenes look of how my new album came to be," said the Grammy-nominated rapper in a press release. "These are my stories in my own words. This book is the only place where you'll learn all the stories behind the music -- how I got the beats, what inspired the lyrics and how the album was put together."

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The book was co-written by venerable hip-hop journalist Soren Baker, who has covered artists such as Tech N9ne and Jay-Z in the past.

The record's story is indeed an intricate one. Since late 2009, "The R.E.D. Album" has received no less than ten different release dates and shuffled through a myriad of notable producers and collaborators. Topics of interest include extensive work with Dr. Dre and the controversial lead single "Red Nation," widely banned for its alleged homage to gang violence.

Though there have been plenty of successful books penned by rappers in the past (Jay-Z's "Decoded", RZA's "The Tao of Wu"), Game's effort to promote a new record via paperback is a fairly new one. Aside from writing, Game has also ventured into acting ("Waist Deep", "Street Kings") and retail, promoting his own line of sneakers.