50 Cent Explains What Happened With G-Unit Crew Members
50 Cent recently sat down to talk with Hot 97, and it was definitely a lengthy interview, broken up into two parts it lasted an hour. The topics they broached were plentiful, including the New York rap scene and whether or not it's been revived, G-Unit and crews in general, as well as Summer Jam, andÂ 50 sitting on a plane beside Ja RuleÂ and his beef with the rapper (and Rick Ross beef).
Although Fiddy is returning to the music with Animal Ambition on the way, his former G-Unit member Tony Yayo still seems bitter about their break up and the way he's been treated by 50. Talking to some of the Hot 97 hosts, Fif spoke on the way that crews work and what went wrong for members like Yayo.
"They're like my little brothers," 50 said of his G-Unit affiliates. "I like for them to sustain their interest in the public. Tony deaded G-Unit", he said of Tony Yayo's recent backlash towards the crew. "If he can do that, then it's dead. I'm watching...I got that information like you got it."
Fif continued to explain how G-Unit got put on so fast, they had no time to perfect their grind. "New 50 Cent, and then you heard these other guys' voices you don't know from no where. Be real. And then they actually got on, so fast, you just said, the energy surrounding the material I created just went so much that even shifted New York City's hip-hop culture. If they [G-Unit] there, they ridin' the wave, they don't know what it's like to have to grind, to get the attention from the very beginning."
He admitted, "Maybe I enabled them." Before adding that he still talks to Yayo (although Banks may be a different story),Â "Yayo's in four of the thirteen videos I shot. I just shot 'em." "He was there, then he won't home frustrated and said something."
"Banks actually wanted his independence", 50 explained as to how the PLK gained his distance from the group.
50 continued to compare the G-Unit situation to that of other crews whose buzz has since died down, specifically, D12 and Nelly's St. Lunatics, and explained why the individual members didn't exactly pop off.
"Can you name every member of D12? Okay," the rapper said. "Can you name every member of the St. Lunatics? Iâmma tell you why. Iâmma tell you why. Iâmma tell you why you canât name them. Itâs because they all had to wait til after the second cycle of their leader. So, Nellyâs first album popped. Then Nellyâs second album popped. And because those albums were hugely successful albums it took a long time for the record to be over for them to get to the next album. So, it was so long that everybody just became they crew with Nelly. Itâs like Em. D12âs the crew with Em. G-Unit, the first record came out, boom. I forced the G-Unit album to come out. Interscope didnât want the G-Unit album. They wanted the next 50 Cent record. It just sold 13 million records. So, I forced that record to come out. It caused Lloyd Banks to sell three million records off of the momentum following right off of that. Buck, 1.8 million records. ThenÂ YayoÂ like 800-something thousandâ¦And then itâs like âOkay, now we gotta work.â"
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview below. Animal Ambition arrives on June 3rd.