By Rob Markman
For Tony Yayo, G-Unit’s glory days were always the best and 50 Cent’s right-hand man was front and center for the creation of Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Fif’s debut masterpiece. “The beginning is always the best. I had so much fun, I always reminisce on back then like when Get Rich or Die Tryin’ came out,” Yayo told MTV News of the classic work which was released 10 years ago today. “I remember Kanye being in the studio, Busta being in there; it was just a crazy experience.”
In the beginning G-Unit’s core was comprised of 50, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. By the time Get Rich dropped Young Buck joined the fold and about a year later Game was signed to the label as an artist. 10 years later the G-Unit cast has changed considerably. Buck and Game are no longer on the label, but New Orleans spitter Kidd Kidd is leading a new generation of G-Unit artists.
The former Cash Money rapper didn’t know 50 personally when GRODT was released back in 2003, but he was definitely a fan. “I gotta keep it real, I got it bootleg first, just to have it before it came out and when you got it, you had to go and buy it,” he said.
Kidd Kidd remembers the impact of the album like it was yesterday. “When that dropped every car that passed, all you heard was, ‘What up blood, what up cuz, what up blood, what up gangsta’,” Kidd Kidd said spitting Fif’s classic rhymes. “That’s all you heard playin’, all day, every day, all day, all night… That impact was serious because he brought back real gangsta rap music.”
What’s your favorite record off of 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’?