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G-Unit Records
G-Unit logo.png
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 2003
Founder 50 Cent
Sha Money XL
Distributing label Interscope Records (U.S.)
Polydor Records (outside U.S.)
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin United States
Official Website G-UnitSoldier.com

G-Unit Records is an American record label specializing in hip hop music. It was founded by 50 Cent and his manager, Sha Money XL in 2003. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through, Universal Music Group's Interscope Records.

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History

2003–2005

Due to the success of 50 Cent's debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', he was granted his own record label. This was when G-Unit Records was created.[1] G-Unit, then consisting of Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck, was signed to the label as a group as well as solo artists.

2003 saw the release of G-Unit's commercial debut, Beg For Mercy, which sold 377,000 copies in its first week of release.[2] It has now sold over 2.7 million units in the U.S.[3] and 6 million copies worldwide.[4] It has been certified 2× platinum by the RIAA.[5]

After the well publicized departure of The Game in early 2005,[6] Spider Loc was signed to the label.[7] As a result of the problems that 50 Cent encountered with The Game, he was not sure whether or not to sign any new artists to his "family", which was how he perceived G-Unit as a group and record label. However, later that year, the opportunity to sign Mobb Deep[8] and M.O.P.[9] came up.

2006–2009

In 2006, G-Unit Records signed Young Hot Rod.[10] In the same year, in conjunction with Mobb Deep's Infamous Records, they signed both Nyce and 40 Glocc. In 2007, Mazaradi Fox was also added to the label.[11] It was also highly anticipated that Detroit rapper Trick Trick, would sign to the label,[12] though this deal never came to be.

In 2008, amidst rumors of a "beef" within G-Unit between 50 Cent and Young Buck, 50 Cent officially kicked Young Buck out of the group, though assuring that he was still signed with the label.[13] Numerous slander songs then arose on the internet from both camps, with Young Buck being included on a track with former rival The Game. 50 Cent then leaked a taped phone conversation between himself and Young Buck, which showed one of the true reasons for the falling out; 50 Cent was owed money by the Southern rapper. Young Buck later stated the conversation took place over a year before the leak.[14] The two camps have since released a multitude of songs against each other, while the feud seems to be settling down as of late 2008, with Young Buck stating he's been working on his latest album, which to still be released under the G-Unit label.[15]

In late 2009, G-Unit Records founder 50 Cent released his fourth album, Before I Self Destruct, which featured a track entitled "So Disrespectful", which insulted his various rivals including Jay-Z and G-Unit Records artists Game and Young Buck. Also in 2009, 50 Cent would collaborate with former Roc-A-Fella Records artist Beanie Sigel, which would also lead to speculation that Beanie Sigel was signing to G-Unit Records.[16] While promoting Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent also did a radio interview in which he spoke about the G-Unit Records roster. Within the interview it was confirmed that Game, Young Buck, Spider Loc, Young Hot Rod, and Mazardi Fox were all still signed to the label, while both M.O.P and Mobb Deep were no longer signed to the label.[17]

2010–Present

In early 2010, in reference to his recent affiliation with 50 Cent and possibly G-Unit Records, Beanie Sigel stated that he would not be signing with the label, as he and 50 Cent mutually "used" each other, though no harm to their business relationship was made.[18] Also in early 2010, label signee Young Buck, responded to various songs released on 50 Cent's Before I Self Desctruct. He released three records aimed at 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, G-Unit, and 40 Glocc.[19]

Though he was previously unsure about signing new talent to the label, in January 2010, 50 Cent expressed interest in signing European R&B singer, Jamelia, to G-Unit Records, citing that it could not only help her build a reputation in the U.S., but also sign a new female artist to the label, which hasn't had a female artist since Olivia.[20]

Roster

Artists

Act Year signed # Albums released under G-Unit
G-Unit 2003 2
Lloyd Banks 2003 3
Tony Yayo 2003 1
Young Buck 2003 2
Spider Loc 2005
Young Hot Rod 2006
Nyce 2006
40 Glocc 2006
Mazaradi Fox 2007
Slim da Mobster 2009

DJs and producers

Former artists

Act Year signed # Albums released under G-Unit Olivia[21] 2004
M.O.P.[22] 2005
Mase[23] 2005
Mobb Deep[24] 2005 1

Discography

Past releases

Album information
G-Unit – Beg for Mercy
Lloyd Banks – The Hunger for More
  • Released: June 29, 2004
  • Chart positions: 1 U.S.[26]
  • U.S. sales: 5.4 million
  • Worldwide sales: 7.1 million[27]
  • RIAA certification: 7x Platinum[28]
  • Singles: "On Fire", "I'm So Fly", "Karma"
Young Buck – Straight Outta Cashville
The Game – The Documentary
Tony Yayo – Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
Get Rich or Die Tryin' soundtrack
Mobb Deep – Blood Money
Lloyd Banks – Rotten Apple
  • Released: October 10, 2006
  • Chart position: 3 U.S.[46]
  • U.S. sales: 1,000,000 million
  • Worldwide sales: 2.1 million (As of June 13, 2007)[44][45]
  • CRIA certification: Platinum[47]
  • Singles: "The Cake", "Hands Up", "Help"
Lil ScrappyBred 2 Die Born 2 Live
Young Buck – Buck the World
FreewayFree at Last
G-Unit – T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight)

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  7. ^ Spider Loc Bio. SpiderLoc.com. Accessed November 29, 2008.
  8. ^ Lauren Gitlin (February 15, 2005) Mobb Deep Get Hand Out From 50 Cent. Roling Stone.com Accessed November 29, 2008.
  9. ^ Ahsmi Rawlins (February 21, 2007) M.O.P. Signs on To Push Sizzurp, Plans G-Unit Debut LP XXL. Accessed November 29, 2008.
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  11. ^ Jon Michael (June 6, 2008) Mazaradi Fox - Soldier's Story SixShot. Accessed November 29, 2008.
  12. ^ Trick Trick to sign with G-Unit?
  13. ^ Aliya Ewing (April 7, 2008) 50 Cent Kicks Young Buck Out Of G-Unit & More! HipHopDX. Accessed November 29, 2008.
  14. ^ Black Widow (June 19, 2008) Young Buck Responds to Leaked Phone Convo With 50 Cent, 'I Don't Feel No Shame' SixShot. Accessed November 29, 2008.
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  16. ^ 50 Talks Possibly Signing Beanie Sigel
  17. ^ 50 Says Game, Buck & More Still Signed To G-Unit
  18. ^ Beanie Sigel Says 50 Used Him For Publicity
  19. ^ Young Buck disses 50 Cent & G-Unit
  20. ^ 50 Cent To Sign Jamelia
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  29. ^ Joe D'Angelo (September 1, 2007). Straight Outta Ca$hville chart position. VH1. Accessed 26 July 2007.
  30. ^ Mitchell, Gail (March 12, 2007). Rapper Young Buck shows versatility on new album. Reuters. Accessed September 5, 2007.
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    • RIAA certification: Platinum
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  46. ^ Chris Harris (October 18, 2006). Lloyd Banks Can't Catch Rod Stewart's Classics In Race For Billboard #1. VH1. Accessed August 24, 2007.
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