Rap artist The Game has been released from jail just eight days into a 60-day jail sentence.

The 28-year-old was convicted last month of felony possession of a firearm in a school zone, after pleading no contest to charges relating to an incident in February 2007.

However, records from the Los Angeles County sheriff's office show that the Compton rapper was released just after midnight on Sunday March 9th, according to the Associated Press news agency.

The Game - real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor - was charged with the original offence after allegedly pulling a gun on an opponent during a basketball game at a school in south Los Angeles over a year ago.

He reportedly hit Rodrick Shannon, a player on the opposing team, in the face during a fight, before fetching a gun from his Cadillac Escalade and threatening to shoot Shannon.

The Associated Press news agency reports that The Game was also given 150 hours of community service and ordered to spend three years on probation.

Two further charges were dismissed by Los Angeles superior court judge Fred Wapner as part of a plea deal on February 13th this year.

The former G-Unit member earned two Grammy nominations following the release of his 2005 album The Documentary.

Though the multi-platinum success of the album shot The Game to fame, he has been involved in high-profile feuds with a number of fellow rap stars, including Jay-Z, Joe Budden, Ja Rule and Death Row Records impresario Suge Knight.

11/03/2008 09:18:27