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G-Unit Biography


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Birth Place: South Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
Years Active: 2002–present
Genres: Hip Hop


G-Unit is an American hip hop group originating from New York City. G-Unit emerged on the New York scene by independently releasing several mix tapes. The name of the group is short for Gorilla Unit.

The group's members, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo all grew up in South Jamaica, Queens, and when 50 Cent was spotted and signed to a label, both Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo worked on mixtapes in order to gain attention as artists themselves.

50 Cent was later dropped from his label after being shot nine times in front of his grandmother's house. After being shot, 50 Cent signed to Interscope Records. Following the success of his debut album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin',” he was granted his own record label by Interscope.

G-Unit continued to record and released several mixtape series which earned them attention in the rap industry, including “50 Cent Is the Future,” “God's Plan,” “No Mercy, No Fear” and “Automatic Gunfire.”

They released their commercial debut, “Beg For Mercy” in 2003, which sold 377,000 copies in its first week of release. It has now sold over 2.7 million units in the U.S. and 6 million copies worldwide. It has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.

Their second studio album, “T.O.S: Terminate on Sight,” was released on July 1, 2008. The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 102,000 for the first week. To date, the album has sold over 300,000 copies in the U.S.