We all should be able to vividly remember the reign Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson had over the rap game when Get Rich or Die Trying (soundtrack included) and The Massacre, were released. It wasn't that long ago was it? Either way with the success of his albums, clothes, The Game's career under the label, Vitamin Water, and G-Unit sneakers *coughs*, 50 was clearly looking to build an empire with his camp. When we think of G-Unit, whose names come to forefront of our minds? The Game, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Mobb Deep, Olivia and Mase (kinda sort of), but under the radar 50 had way bigger aspirations of compiling some pretty good talent underneath his wing, some you would have least expected. I know you all are eager to find out so here they are.
Fabolous–"I've always kind of had my own lane and everybody just respected me for what I do so that would have been a different turn and probably could have been successful, but successful for how long, you always got to think about it too",
Saigon–"I wanted to be the conscious arm of G-unit", but after some disparaging text messages between the two, words were exchanged, Saigon accused 50 of being full of himself, which then made 50 retaliate in a negative way[the end],
Danny Brown–"It was a real thing. 50 was with it; he just didn't sign me because of my jeans." "He liked the music, he just didn't like the way I looked."
Slim The Mobster–"You can't have too many on one deal; I just decided to stick with Dre and make a name for my own company and that's where I'm at with it",
Lil Scrappy, who said too many people and egos resulted in his project not evening reaching the public, Freeway–"At the last minute everything fell apart, it is what it is, I still have a lot of love for him."
Snoop Dogg–Dj Whoo da Kid speaking on Snoop's near deal, "It was kinda close; it wasn’t like he was gonna sign, he was gonna have like a joint deal [with G-Unit]".
Mystikal–"It was close; I was still incarcerated at the time." "I had to go with something that's relevant, and that's going to be effective, that's the home team".
A short list of other names included Styles P, Foxy Brown, Beanie Sigel and Gillie Da Kid. At this point we're all thinking Lord that list was huge. Seems like 50 Cent wanted everyone under the sun but couldn't keep his original members complacent. Regardless to say 50's lasting success as a business man and solo artist was extraordinary for hip hop. My last thought(s) would be why didn't Lloyd Banks reach his full capacity and will Olivia make a comeback, even after she acquired that "hit single" from Rich on Love & Hip Hop, which bobbled between both Erica and Olivia for like 4 episodes. Let's stay in tune and see, regardless if it may take some years.
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