Mon 9 Jul 2012
Every hip-hop head who was born in the ’80s but grew up in the ’90s knows this may be one of the saddest interviews in G-Unit history. In high school, I can remember even the backpack rap kids were f*ckin’ with the G-Unit freestyles. They didn’t like the mainstream rap hits but appreciated the G-Unit remixes of those joints (“Take You To A Motel” and “8 Mile (Remix)” are classics). Banks’ absence at 50’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin‘ anniversary concert was a disappointing hint at the looming truth about the current status of G-Unit, the REAL G-Unit. By that I mean: 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo. Whoo Kid and Young Buck deserve recognition, too, but the Big 3 was together since they were still slingin’ gold tops on Guy Brewer in Queens. Then in May, it hurt to hear 50 Cent say he hasn’t talked to Banks in about 9 months and to further bring to light how much the childhood friends have grown apart is 50’s most recent interview with Big Boy. In his most in-depth explanation of where he stands with Banks and Yayo, 50 makes it clear that he feels he has been carrying his “young brothers” for their whole careers and it was really up to them at this point to make something happen with with their futures. He says things like:
“‘I’ve enabled them to a point where they feel like they don’t have to do anything.”
“I end up doing their job, too.”
“They haven’t had a manager. I’ve been managing them for their entire careers.”
“That $8.7, $9 million a piece. I did that for them.”
“I’m telling them since the top of last year ‘yo you got to find managers.’
“Yayo has to do a lot more. He just doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.”
“I don’t [G-Unit] is actually over. I think they have to get themselves together.”
Listen to 50’s full interview about Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo…
Game’s filmed fight with another former G-Unit rapper 40 Glocc…
A Photo timeline of G-Unit’s rise and current position in hip-hop…
all after the jump…
“Yayo’s energy was different when he came home”
“Banks turned in Playboy Banks”
After Fif, Banks and Yayo got the ball rolling, Young Buck came into the picture and brought on a new Southern element that fit perfectly with the guys’ street persona.
After Buck won over the South, 50 signed Game, who was said to be one of Dr. Dre’s proteges at the time.
However, Game’s run and chemistry with the guys pretty can pretty much be summarized by this photo. Needless to say, Game was ousted from the crew live on the radio.
Then, things got really hectic at G-Unit and 50 began signing acts like Mobb Deep and MOP.
The exiled members looked on in disbelief…
Growing pains… randoms like 40 Glocc, Cashis, and Obie Trice were considered a part of the extended Shady/Aftermath family
All out chaos! Weird people like Ma$e, Olivia, and Spider Loc were added to the roster.
When the smoke cleared, it was back to the Big 3 but things were never the same again as you can tell from the standard look they began sharing in new photos
They never look happy…
We just want more shot at it by these 4.
The 2012 G-Unit (aka G-Note) – Left to Right: Hot Rod, 50 Cent, Lea (from Lil Flip’s “Sunshine” fam) , and DJ Pauly D.
50 Cent, Young Buck, and Lloyd Banks live freestyle with Funk Flex
50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo freestyle
Originally, I was going to give this video nonsense more shine and include it in the headline, but after a night’s sleep I’ve decided not to. We don’t need this. Basically, Game ran into former G-Unit Crip rapper 40 Glocc, who he hasn’t gotten along with for over a decade. He filmed himself chasing him down and whooping him. The End. G-Unot.