Born and raised in the South Jamaica neighbourhood of Queens in New York, 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) was discovered by Eminem following his debut mixtape Guess Who’s Back? Shortly after its release, he was signed to Eminem’s Shady Records under Interscope and began work on his debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, which is widely considered legendary.
50 Cent not only had a legendary rapper career but was pretty much untouchable for the majority of the 2000s. Along with the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, 50 Cent was breaking records and became a mainstay on radio upon the release of his debut album.
50 Cent is currently one of the wealthiest men in rap, and similar to his musical peers Diddy and Dre, the former G-unit rapper, has achieved a lot of success outside of the hip-hop genre and is enjoying a fruitful career as a producer, filmmaker, and actor, making him a rapper turned media mogul. However, he will forever be known primarily as a legendary rapper.
That said, another part of Jackson’s career has become pear-shaped over the years, and that is his crew, colloquially known as the G-Unit. Formed in the late 1990s, Jackson’s crew included names such as Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and even Compton rapper, The Game, but since the 2000s, G-Unit has become a strain for the rapper.
In an interview with the New York radio show, The Breakfast Club, 50 Cent was jubilantly asked about G-Unit and whether fans can expect any documentaries, albums or else. However, the rapper urged his fans to err on the side of caution concerning getting their hopes up as he explained, “I probably won’t do a project with them. I’m tired of carrying them around. My back hurts.”
Summarising his sentiments towards G-Unit, it was mostly all negative. However, the rapper did express his affinity for former crew member Tony Yayo, stating, “Yayo, he’s a different animal. If he does something wrong, no matter what the magnitude of it, he says, ‘My bad.’ Banks and these other guys came in by way of him, and they have a different temperament.”
You can watch the full Breakfast Club interview in the video below.