'Due to the sensitive negotiations on this matter I felt it appropriate not to give an exact date on my release,' MC says in statement.
The Game released a statement Thursday (March 13) confirming that he was in fact released from prison last weekend, and apologized for the conflicting reports earlier this week regarding his status.
"I apologize for the conflicting news on my release, but due to the sensitive negotiations on this matter I felt it appropriate not to give an exact date on my release," the statement reads. "I am truly grateful to my attorney, family and management for doing a great job in this respect. Upon my release I went directly to the studio with producers Cool & Dre and recorded several records, including my street record 'Big Dreams.' Thank you to all my fans as well for the support."
Earlier in the week his attorney confirmed in an e-mail to MTV News that the rapper was dismissed from his scheduled 60-day sentence after only eight days due to overcrowding at the facility. The rapper's management, however, issued a statement later that day claiming Game had been transferred to another facility, causing confusion about his whereabouts. A prison official at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility confirmed to MTV News the rapper had in fact been released on Sunday and was not transferred.
The Los Angeles native (real name: Jayceon Taylor) checked into the Twin Towers on March 2 to serve a sentence for a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone.
The felony gun charge stemmed from an incident that occurred in California in February 2007. Prosecutors argued Game punched a bystander and threatened him with a gun during a pickup basketball game at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex in Los Angeles. The rapper wasn't arrested for the incident until three months later, when police searched his home for three hours in connection with the incident.
In February of this year, Game pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to prison and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and serve three years' probation. The rapper was originally on the hook for three counts of making criminal threats and possessing a firearm in a school zone. Two of the charges were later dropped in a plea deal, and the rapper then pleaded no contest to the firearm possession.
According to a publicity rep for Game's management, "Big Dreams" will be serviced to DJs beginning March 18. His next album, L.A.X. Times, is due in June.