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It's been confirmed! G-Unit are reunited and releasing a new album this year. But it's been over half a decade since the release of their last album, so here's a crash G-Unit course to bring you up to speed.
G-Unit didn’t always have all of the members it is known for. 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, who all grew up in the same neighbourhood in Queens, New York, were the group's founding members.
Early on in the group's formation, before their first album was even released, Tony Yayo was sent to prison and so 50 Cent brought new G-Unit Records signee, Tennessee-based rapper Young Buck, into the group just in time to feature on what would be the group's debut album. Picture: Getty
Seeing as how Tony Yayo was arrested while the album was being recorded, he only appeared on two pre-recorded tracks on G-Unit's debut album 'Beg For Mercy.' In the artwork he is seen photographed on the brick wall in the background, as he wasn't around for the shoot. Upon its 2003 release 'Beg For Mercy' sold four million copies worldwide and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in the US, behind Tupac's posthumous album and Jay Z's 'The Black Album.'
It was after their first album that G-Unit welcomed The Game into their group. He was placed there by Dr Dre and Jimmy Lovine, who wanted to help build a buzz around him. Game made his first cameo appearance in the official video for 50's 'In Da Club.' Picture: PA
You'll already know about The Game and 50 Cent's now infamous feud. Word is that 50 Cent thought The Game was disloyal for not getting involved in his feud with Nas, was angry that his second album was pushed back to accommodate The Game's album and in the end refused to sit next to The Game whilst shooting the video for 'Hate It Or Love It.' Needless to say, 50 dismissed The Game from G-Unit.
Internal conflicts arose between 50 Cent and Young Buck while recording their second album and they obviously became too much, as in April 2008, three moths before the group's second album was released, 50 Cent revealed Young Buck was no longer a part of the group due to his "excessive spending" and "inconsistent behavior." He remained signed to G-Unit records as a solo artist. Picture: Getty
In July 2008 G-Unit released their second album 'T.O.S: Terminate On Sight.' The album sold 185,000 copies in its first month. Young Buck only appeared as a featured artist on the albums credits even though he appeared on the songs previously recorded as a member of G-Unit.
After time passing with no new material, 50 Cent confirmed that G-Unit had "dismantled." In an interview with US Radio station Power 99 earlier this year 50 said that no amount of money would make him consider a reunion.
In June 2014 50 Cent surprised everyone during his performance at the Summer Jam concert by bringing original members Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, along with Young Buck, on stage with him to perform. The next day the group released a new song together – were G-Unit officially back together or was this a one-off? Picture: Instagram
Just a few days after their reunion at Summer Jam, 50 Cent confirmed that a new G-Unit album was in the world and that it would drop by late November of this year. Welcome back G-Unit! Picture: Instagram