From roughly 2002-2006, there was no rap crew more respected and more popular than G-Unit. Comprised of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and eventually Young Buck, G-Unit rose to prominence on the strength of their vivid, swaggering, numerous songs about their exploits running the perilous streets of Southside Queens.

This article covers the stretch from G-Unit's debut mixtape 50 Cent Is The Future (released in June 2002) to their debut album Beg For Mercy November 2003). Click through the gallery to listen to 10 defining tracks from that period.

I'm from the streets, man! G-G-G G-G-G G-Unit!!!