G-Unit – American hip-hop group
G-Unit is a popular hip-hop group. It was formed in Queens, New York by 3 rappers, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Bank, and 50 Cent. The latter is also the executive producer of the band.
The original name of the group is an abbreviation of Gangsta Unit. However, some fans believe that G-Unit’s definition is Guerilla Unit. Guerilla Unit is used to market a fashion line, which became popular due to the success of the band. Marc Ecko and Reebok use the name for their sports clothing and sneaker collections.
G-Unit’s story began in 1999. All the original members of the band grew up in one New York neighborhood. The idea to create a group came when the members released several independent mixtapes. Between 1999 and 2002, the rappers were immersed in creative exploration. They presented such popular songs as “Is the Future”, “Automatic Gunfire”, “No Mercy”, “God's Plan”, “No Fear,” and more. At that time, many fans wanted to book G-Unit for their private parties.
In 2003, the group saw the beginning of a new era. The members signed a contract with Interscope Records. Thanks to the smart production efforts, the group released its debut album Beg for Mercy. Many songs from the album became popular, including “G-Unit”, “Footprints”, “Smile”, “Lay You Down”, “I Smell Pussy”, and “Stunt 101”, which climbed to high spots on the chart.