G-Unit is an American hip hop group originating from South Jamaica, Queens, New York formed by East Coast rappers 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. The name of the group is short for Guerrilla Unit. Rapper 50 Cent signed to Interscope Records. Due to the success of his commercial debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', he was granted his own record label. This was when G-Unit Records was created. The group continued to work hard and released several mixtape series which earned them a lot of attention in the rap industry. The most prominent of these being 50 Cent Is the Future, God's Plan, No Mercy, No Fear and Automatic Gunfire. G-Unit has also started a mixtape series with their DJ, DJ Whoo Kid, called G-Unit Radio. G-Unit gained more popularity when a remix to 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P." was released, featuring Snoop Dogg and G-Unit.
But before the group had a chance to record its debut album, Tony Yayo was sentenced to prison for a gun-possession charge as well as bail-jumping.During Tony Yayo's prison sentence, the group signed Tennessee rapper Young Buck.
At Tony Yayo's prison sentence, G-Unit recorded their debut album, Beg for Mercy. The album was quickly released on November 14, 2003 to combat bootlegging and had significant commercial success.Tony Yayo made only two appearances on the album, both on songs that were recorded before his arrest. Bang'em Smurf was very closely affiliated with them before they signed to Interscope Records. He claimed that before 50 Cent saw mainstream success, the two recorded a mixtape from which they would earn $5 each, they sold 400,000 copies. 50 Cent allegedly never gave Bang'em Smurf his share. In addition to this Bang'em Smurf claimed that 50 Cent did not contact or bail him out while he was in jail. This led to him and his close friend, Domination, no longer wanting to be affiliated with the group. Domination was never an official member of G-Unit but was a close friend of Bang'em Smurf during his G-Unit days. After the two had a brief feud with 50 Cent and G-Unit in 2003, Domination and Bang'em Smurf were no longer associated with G-Unit.The Game was originally placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. However after a while, tensions began to rise between The Game and 50 Cent. 50 Cent claimed that The Game was being disloyal to the group because he did not want to get involved with the feuds with Fat Joe, Nas, and Jadakiss even going as far as to say that he wished to work with them. 50 Cent also felt that he did not receive proper credit for co-writing some of the songs on Game's debut album. On April 7, 2008, in an interview with Shanna Leviste on New York's Hot 97 FM, 50 Cent stated that Young Buck was no longer a member of G-Unit but he is still signed to G-Unit Records. 50 Cent cited problems involving excessive spending and Young Buck's public claim to not being paid royalty checks.