There was a time that when you thought of or saw 50 Cent, you saw his G-unit counterparts, whether all together or an iteration of the members. Ask him about it now and the rapper is flowing to a different tune.
Back in 1999, 50 formed his G-Unit collective with long-time friends Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks. They released their first album together, Beg For Mercy, in 2003, the same year as 50’s debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Their album would go on to be certified 4x platinum by RIAA.
What started off extremely promising began to sour after a while. Tony Yayo was incarcerated the same year, and rappers The Game and Young Buck were recruited to join the Unit. However, The Game’s lifespan in the Unit was shortlived, due to claims of “disloyalty”, and Young Buck was kicked out a few years later. The group has since disbanded.
50, seemingly incapable of leaving well enough alone, has spent years trolling his ex-bandmates since they’ve dissolved. Social media has been his playground and he’s used it to slide into each of their comments with disparaging remarks, or using his own platform to torture them with various nefarious claims. All have felt his wrath.
A past Instagram post of his has resurfaced amidst recent claims of his disinterest in G-Unit. In the post, Fif uploaded a picture of himself and captioned the photo saying, “Some people are not built to make it, their habits and instincts will pull them right back to struggle. You put them on, they f—k up the package.” Although he didn’t initially make it plain who he was referring to, he followed up with a message in his comments to explain. “Do you realize G-unit only did 5 shows together without me?” asked the rapper. “In 16 years, every time you saw them together it was my show. Now that’s a big bag they f—d up.”
Fans who have been looking for a more in-depth look into the story of how G-Unit came about may be disappointed, as it may never happen. The Power star was recently asked in an interview whether we would potentially see their story brought to life on the big screen, much like the likes of “NWA” in Straight Outta Compton, and he expressed that he was not interested.
“I don’t care to do that. I’d like to forget the G-Unit,” the 21 Questions rapper admitted. “Kendrick [Lamar] doesn’t even let those boys come on stage with him. I could have did that! What the f– I’m bringing 30 [people] onstage for? I could have did it like Kendrick.”
Perhaps it’s his disappointment in how things turned out with his vision for his counterparts in the group. In his recently released book, Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter, he detailed his feelings toward Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, dedicating a whole chapter to the Unit. The rapper claims they failed to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the music industry and Hip-Hop, noting their “unfulfilled potential”.
“I always felt that if I had maybe done a better job teaching Banks and Yayo how to evolve and change their habits, they each would be in better places right now,” he said in the book, and seemingly bares regret for how it turned out. “My intention was for G-Unit to be the first branches in a family tree,” he wrote. “I birthed my sons, but they didn’t bear me any children. It all stopped with them.”