The Unit (short for Gorilla Unit, not Guerilla nor Gangsta Unit,
as often believed) began as a trio comprised of 50, Lloyd Banks,
and Tony Yayo (often with the accompaniment of either DJ Whookid
or Cutmaster C as their DJ), and this particular lineup resulted
in a series of popular mixtapes: 50 Cent Is the Future, God's
Plan, No Mercy, No Fear, and Automatic Gunfire.
every East Coast hardcore rapper has a posse to back him, and
50 Cent is no different, with G-Unit as his particular crew. Before
the group had a chance to record its debut album for Interscope
in the wake of 50's breakthrough with Get Rich or Die Tryin',
Yayo was sentenced to prison for a gun-possession charge.
replacement, Young Buck, stepped up soon afterward, and the group
continued its activity, working on yet more mixtape recordings
and scoring some big-time success on the "G-Unit Remix"
to 50's "P.I.M.P.," which also featured Snoop Dogg and
got heavy rotation on MTV.
G-Unit recorded their debut album, Beg for Mercy, over the course
of 2003, and Interscope finally rush-released the album on November
14 (to combat bootlegging), preceding it with a lead single, "Stunt
other singles followed, including "Poppin' Them Thangs"
and "Wanna Get to Know You."
The Game was dropped from G-Unit Records by 50 Cent. Although
there were a number of reasons for this, the main reason was that
50 Cent claimed that Game had not shown him enough support in
his newly instigated feuds with Nas, Jadakiss/D-Block, and Fat
Joe. He also claims that 50 Cent has not received the proper credit
for his work on The Game's album, The Documentary. During a radio
interview with Hot 97's FunkMaster Flex in New York City on March
1, 2005, 50 Cent, while discussing the growing rift between the
two rappers, was rushed out of studio as The Game's posse allegedly
attempted to gain entrance to the studio to confront 50 Cent.
In the process, a man from Compton was shot, an associate of The
Game's Black Wall Street company, reportedly by a member of 50
Cent's posse [Although no arrests have been made, and a spokesperson
for 50 Cent denies any involvement].
was put off by 50 Cent, The Game, and their respective companies.
A formal announcement was made at a press conference on March
going to be a positive thing for both sides," said The Game.
I think it's so much bigger being that the date is March 9 [The
day Biggie Smalls was murdered]. I'm definitely going to do what
I got to do...[to be] on a positive note."