G-Unit’s reunion has been one of the more unexpected events in hip-hop this year. 2014 began with head honcho 50 Cent taking verbal shots at his longtime associates Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks in interviews, but the crew took the stage together at Summer Jam in June, alongside fellow estranged members Young Buck and Kidd Kidd, much to the surprise of fans everywhere. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, 50 explained how they were able to get back on the same page and revealed that he would build his brand differently if he could do it all over again.
“I wouldn’t have built something that required me as their center,” 50 Cent says. “I would’ve built it so it functions on its own. When you look at it, they’ve sold millions of records on their own. If they weren’t so strongly associated [with G-Unit], they’d probably have crews under them. They didn’t really have an interest in doing that because they [already] had a strong association and had so much fun in the position they were in at that point.
“My interest wasn’t there for a while,” 50 admitted. “It took for Yayo to say things publicly to me that I didn’t understand [at the time] for me to re-evaluate everything. I did so much for them that he didn’t have reasoning for it. It’s not that I have a problem with them, but I know, when I assess everything that’s happened overall in my life, some people have developed unbelievable senses of entitlement.”