G-Unit is an American hip hop group originating from New York City.
G-Unit emerged on the New York scene by independently releasing several
mix tapes. The group was formed by rapper 50 Cent, after he was signed
to Interscope, and more specifically, Eminem's record label, Shady
Records. They were later granted their own label, G-Unit Records.
The name of the group is short for Guerrilla Unit.
The group's founding members, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo all
grew up on the same block rapping together. When 50 Cent was spotted
and on mixtapes in order to gain attention as artists themselves.
50 Cent was later dropped from his label after being shot 9 times
with a glock pistol in front of his grandmother's house.
 Rise to fame
After being shot, 50 Cent signed to Interscope Records. Due to the
success of his commercial debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', he
was granted his own record label. This was when G-Unit Records was
The group continued to work hard and released several mixtape series
which earned them a lot of attention in the rap industry. The
most prominent of these being 50 Cent Is the Future, God's Plan,
No Mercy, No Fear and Automatic Gunfire. G-Unit has also started
a mixtape series with their DJ, DJ Whoo Kid, called G-Unit Radio.
But before the group had a chance to record its debut album, Tony
Yayo was sentenced to prison for a gun-possession charge as well
as bail-jumping. During Tony Yayo's prison sentence, the group
signed Tennessee rapper, Young Buck and California rapper, Game.
They continued their activity, working on yet more mixtape recordings.
In particular, their 'G-Unit Remix' to 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P." was
During Tony Yayo's prison sentence, G-Unit recorded their debut
album, Beg for Mercy. The album was quickly released on November
14, 2003 to combat bootlegging and had significant commercial success.
Tony Yayo made only two appearances on the album, both on songs that
were recorded before his arrest.
 Former affiliates
Several artists have left or been removed from the group for various
reasons. Bang Em Smurf was very closely affiliated with them before
they signed to Interscope Records. He claimed that before 50 Cent
saw mainstream success, the two recorded a mixtape from which they
would earn $5 each, they sold 400,000 copies. 50 Cent allegedly never
gave Bang Em' Smurf his share. In addition to this Bang Em' Smurf
claimed that 50 Cent did not contact or bail him out while he was
in jail. This led to him and his close friend, Domination, no longer
wanting to be affiliated with the group. Domination was never an
official member of G-Unit but was a close friend of Bang 'Em Smurf
during his G-Unit days. After the two had a brief feud with 50 Cent
and G-Unit in 2003, Domination and Bang 'Em Smurf were no longer
associated with G-Unit.
 Former members
The Game was originally placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy
Iovine. However after a while, tensions began to rise between G-Unit
and the rapper. 50 Cent claimed that The Game was being disloyal
to the group because he did not want to get involved with the feuds
with Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Benzino, and Jadakiss even going as far as
to say that he wished to work with them. 50 Cent also felt that he
did not receive proper credit for co-writing some of the songs on
Game’s debut album. For more information see G-Unit vs.
The Game feud.
On April 7, 2008, in an interview with Shanna Leviste on New York's
Hot 97, 50 Cent stated that Young Buck was no longer a member of
G-Unit but he is still signed to G-Unit Records. 50 Cent cited
problems involving excessive spending and Young Buck's public claim
to not being paid royalty checks.
 Studio albums
In 2003, the group's debut album, Beg for Mercy, was released. However,
while the album was being recorded, Tony Yayo was sentenced to jail
on charges of gun possession. Therefore, he only makes two appearances
both on pre-recorded tracks. His face is seen on the brick wall of
the album cover because he could not be photographed on account of
his jail sentence. Beg for Mercy sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S.
and 4 million copies worldwide. The only featured guests on the
album were R&B singers, Joe & Butch Cassidy. Production came
from Hi-Tek, Dr. Dre, Scott Storch as well as others.
Their second album, T.O.S: Terminate on Sight, was released on July
1, 2008. While the album was being recorded, internal conflicts
arose between Young Buck and 50 Cent, which resulted in Young Buck
being kicked out of the group, but still signed to G-Unit Records.
Young Buck still appeared on songs previously recorded with the group,
but was credited as a featured artist. As of August 8, 2008, the
album has sold 185,000 copies in the United States. Along
with Young Buck, Mavado guests on the album, while production came
from Swizz Beatz, Street Radio, Tha Bizness, Rick Rock, Polow da
Don and others.
An upcoming third album has been confirmed by Tony Yayo in an interview
about albums and beefs in August, however he said "I can't talk
too much about that on camera."
After fulfilling their contract with Interscope Records it was announced
EMI Label Services has signed a deal with 50 Cent’s label,
G-Unit Records, in which EMI will distribute and promote releases
on the G-Unit roster in North America. Lloyd Banks announced this
on Friday, August 13, 2010 on MTV News.
 Clothing company
Main article: G-Unit Clothing Company
The "G-Unit Clothing Company" was established in 2003,
when 50 Cent teamed up with Marc Ecko (the founder of Ecko Unlimited),
to create a line of clothing and accessories inspired by 50 Cent
and fellow members of G-Unit.
Main article: G-Unity Foundation Inc.
G-Unit has founded G-Unity Foundation, Inc. (often called simply
G-Unity), a public foundation that provides grants to nonprofit organizations
that focus on improving the quality of life for low-income and underserved
An anti-50 Cent billboard in Tribeca, New York.
 The Game
Main article: G-Unit vs. The Game feud
In early 2005, a feud between The Game and G-Unit began. Even before
The Game's first album was released and their feud became public,
there was tension between The Game and 50 Cent. Soon after The
Documentary's release, 50 Cent felt that the rapper was disloyal
for saying he did not want to participate in G-Unit's feud with other
rappers, and even wanting to work with artists with whom G-Unit were
feuding, such as Nas and Jadakiss.
50 Cent also claimed that he was not getting his proper credit for
the creation of the album. He also claimed that he wrote six of the
songs, but The Game denied that. During that dispute, a member of
The Game's entourage was shot after a confrontation at the Hot 97
studio in New York City. After the situation between them escalated,
50 Cent and The Game held a press conference to announce their reconciliation.
Fans had mixed feelings as to whether the rappers created a publicity
stunt to boost the sales of the two albums the pair had just released.
Nevertheless, even after the situation had apparently deflated,
G-Unit continued to feud with The Game who responded during a performance
at Summer Jam and launched a boycott of G-Unit called "G-Unot".
The phrase G-Unot is a pun on the group's name, and a pejorative
term to refer to the group. It is short for "G (Gangster) You
Not". 50 Cent has since registered the G-Unot trademark for
himself which has in turn prevented The Game from using it anymore.
After the performance at Summer Jam, The Game responded with "300
Bars and Runnin'", an extended track aimed at G-Unit as well
as members of Roc-A-Fella Records on the mixtape You Know What It
Is Vol. 3. 50 Cent responded through his "Piggy Bank" music
video, which features The Game as a Mr. Potato Head doll and also
parodies other rivals. Since then both groups continued to attack
each other. The Game released two more mixtapes, Ghost Unit and a
mixtape/DVD called Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin.
50 Cent's rebuttal was "Not Rich, Still Lyin'" where he
mocks The Game. In addition, G-Unit started to respond on numerous
mixtapes and new G-Unit member Spider Loc began insulting The Game
in various songs. The Game responded with "240 Bars (Spider
Joke)", a song mainly aimed at Spider Loc, but also addressing
Tony Yayo and rap group M.O.P., and on the song "The Funeral
In October 2006, The Game extended a peace treaty to 50 Cent, which
was not immediately replied to. However, a couple days later,
onPower 106, he stated that the treaty was only offered for one day.
On The Game's album, Doctor's Advocate, he claims that the feud is
over on a few of the songs. The feud seemed to have gained steam
after Tony Yayo allegedly slapped the fourteen year old son of Czar
Entertainment CEO, Jimmy Rosemond. The Game responded with "Body
Bags" on his mixtape, You Know What It Is Vol. 4. G-Unit
have released a song named "We On Some @#!*% " which is
aimed at Czar Entertainment as well as Cam'ron and Fat Joe. In
June 2010 Game expressed that he would not object to a G-Unit reunion.
After the G-Unit reunion idea circulated around the internet a Facebook
group was launched to help encourage the G-Unit comeback. 
 Ja Rule
Before signing with Interscope Records, 50 Cent had been in disputes
with rapper Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc. Records. 50 Cent claimed
that the feud began in 1999 after Ja Rule spotted him with a man
who robbed him of his jewelry. However, Ja Rule claimed the conflict
stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because 50 Cent did not like
Ja Rule "getting so much love" from the neighborhood.
A confrontation occurred in a New York studio where rapper Black
Child, a Murder Inc. artist, stabbed 50 Cent, which resulted in him
having three stitches.
Since then, Black Child made two "disses" towards 50 Cent, "There's
a Snitch in the Club", and "You the Wanksta". In both
songs, Black Child talks about shooting 50 Cent, stabbing him, and
other things, "I got a lot of living to do before I die, and
I ain't got time to waste, shoot this @#!*% in his face. How you
call your self ferrari you dont ride like me in da hood every day
ready to die like me." "50 you had a gun i had a knife,
you didnt pop one shot i poked you and u called 911.".
The exchange of insultive tracks released from both parties culminated
into Ja Rule releasing Blood in My Eye, which was an album that mostly
insulted 50 Cent. Ja Rule eventually tried to squash the feud with
50 Cent by using minister Louis Farrakhan in a televised interview.
However, the attempt at peace lost credibility as the interview was
scheduled a day before Blood in My Eye was released. As a result,
most fans, along with 50 Cent, dismissed the interview as a blatant
publicity stunt. Because of the ongoing feud between the two, 50
Cent's labelmates Eminem, Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, D12 and Busta Rhymes
have also become involved and have also released tracks which insult
Ja Rule later released R.U.L.E. with the successful single, "New
York", featuring Jadakiss and Fat Joe in which Ja Rule took
subliminal shots at 50 Cent. This single prompted 50 Cent to enter
a feud with the two featured artists (see article on "Piggy
Bank" for details).
Although it seemed that the feud was over, Ja Rule returned with
a track entitled "21 Gunz". In response, Lloyd Banks
and 50 Cent released the track "Return of Ja Fool" on Lloyd
Banks' mixtape Mo Money in the Bank Pt. 4, Gang Green Season Starts
In an interview with MTV, Ja Rule has stated that his new album,
The Mirror, will not be continuing any past feuds that he has engaged
in. He said:
There was a lot of things I wanted to say, and I didn't want there
to be any bitter records on the album. Because I'm not bitter about
anything that happened [in the past few years].
 Fat Joe
G-Unit on the set of the "Rider Pt. 2" video, a diss track
aimed at Fat Joe.
50 Cent pointed out that Fat Joe painted a target on himself for
partnering up with Ja Rule in a song where Ja Rule insulted 50 Cent.
50 Cent recorded the track "Piggy Bank" in which he attacked
Fat Joe. Fat Joe responded with a track entitled "My Fofo" and
although he said that he would not respond, he made three more tracks, "Massacre
of Fifty", "Victim", and "Whip Your Head".
50 Cent and Tony Yayo took more shots at him on "I Run NY".
Even though things died down, at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards,
Fat Joe mentioned that all of the police presence in the venue was "courtesy
of G-Unit" which related to his lyrical accusations that 50
Cent was a "snitch". 50 Cent and Tony Yayo retaliated
on set later in the show at the end of their performance by shouting
obscenities towards Fat Joe and Terror Squad, which were censored
by MTV. Tony Yayo claimed Fat Joe ran from them at the VMAs.
Also, Pistol Pete (a non-rapping member of Terror Squad) appeared
on The Game's "Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin" DVD and disrespected
Tony Yayo, Chris Lighty (owner of Violator Records whom had ties
with 50 Cent), and James Cruz (50 Cent's manager) and claims
he chased Tony Yayo near a jewelry store. Lloyd Banks, Spider Loc,
and Young Buck have also been insulted by Fat Joe. In 2007, the feud
was continued in interviews and by affiliates from both parties.
The feud has begun once again in 2008 with songs and videos being
released from both parties. 50 Cent also released a mixtape entitled
Elephant In The Sand, which is a mock title of Fat Joe's album Elephant
In The Room. The front and back covers contain photos of Fat Joe
on a beach. This wasn't taken lightly by two of Fat Joe's closest
brothers in MC Lyrical Master C and Grandmaster T, who had previously
collaborated with 50 Cent on his hit record "Money in the Bank".
 Other feuds
A feud between 50 Cent and Cam'ron began when 50 Cent was on Hot
97 giving an interview and Cam'ron called in. Cam’ron asked
50 Cent whether he had the power to stop records from being released
on Koch Records and 50 Cent said that he does in some respects. As
the conversation escalated into an argument, 50 Cent called Koch
Records the "industry graveyard". Cam'ron attempted
to start an intelligent discussion by saying that Jim Jones' newest
album sold just as much as Lloyd Banks' album did, despite the fact
that Dipset is on an independent label and G-Unit is on a major label.
Not willing to have a constructive conversation, 50 Cent took offense
to this and said that Lloyd Banks has more money than Lil Wayne and
Jim Jones, which makes record sales irrelevant. Cam'ron became upset
and rebutted 50 Cent's statements. Most notably, he brought up the
poor record sales of the Mobb Deep album, Blood Money. Eventually
the debate became so heated that the radio station was forced to
end the call. On February 9, 2007, the video of 50 Cent's "Funeral
Music" premiered on DJ Kay Slay's Myspace. The video attacked
the leader of Dipset. This is not seen as an attack on other members
of Dipset, as 50 Cent says "From now on, Jimmy's the boss of
Dipset. And Juelz is the Capo. Cam is demoted to soldier. We like
Jimmy better anyway". At the end of the video, there is a poster
showing a fictional drawing of Cam'ron with a gun saying "50
Cent" on the burial, along with his date of death; being February
8 when the video was released. Cam'ron recently responded with a
track called "Curtis" titled after 50 Cent's first name.
Cam'ron doesn't state too much, other than claiming he enjoys 50
Cent's shoutouts to Dipset members Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, then
goes on to discuss Santana's and Jim Jones' sales on their recent
albums. 50 Cent and Young Buck made the song "Hold On" together
with a video in which 50 Cent takes shots at Cam'ron. Cam'ron responded
with "Curtis Pt.2", which he shot a video for. In an interview
with MTV Tony Yayo aired his feeling about Cam'ron. He said:
I don't believe Cam'ron, I don't believe Jim Jones, I don't believe
Lil Wayne, I don't believe Baby, I don't believe Game and I don't
believe Fat Joe. I feel like Cam'ron is a peon. Let's ask the general
public: When was the last time Cam'ron made a @#!*% hit? It's time
for these @#!*% to pay the piper.
Main article: G-Unit discography
* Beg for Mercy (2003)
* T.O.S: Terminate on Sight (2008)
* Vibe Awards
o 2004 - Best Group - G-Unit
* AVN Awards
o 2005 - Best Interactive DVD - Groupie Love
o 2005 - Best Music - Groupie Love by Lloyd Banks