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G Unit Reunite, Make Porn

Incarcerated Tony Yayo rejoins 50 Cent's troupe

January 13, 2004 12:00 AM ET

Despite being an original member of 50 Cent's G Unit, Tony Yayo was unable to bask in the success of the rap troupe's almost 2 million-selling debut Beg for Mercy. But Yayo was released from the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in New York last week and has rejoined his crew.

Yayo was with 50 Cent and fellow G-Unit member Lloyd Banks on New Year's Eve two years ago when New York City police searched their SUV, which was illegally parked outside a city nightclub, and found two handguns. The three men and two friends were charged with criminal weapons possession, for which all posted bail except for Yayo, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Shortly after the incident, 50 Cent released Get Rich or Die Tryin', which would become the best-selling record of 2003, and with that success he secured support to record and release an album with G Unit. The crew -- 50, Yayo, Lloyd Banks and DJ Whookid -- had recorded a number of mixtapes prior to 50 Cent's break, but when their official debut was greenlit, Yayo was unable to record. Two older tracks featuring Yayo were included on Beg for Mercy, but his slot was filled by Young Buck.

Yayo's release came just in time for him to join his group for a January 17th performance on Saturday Night Live.

In other G Unit news, Banks and his Banks Shot Productions inked a deal this week to produce Groupie Luv, a series of interactive sex DVDs. "It's gonna be great," Banks said. "It will seem like you will be the one having sex." Added a spokesperson for production partner Digital Sin, "This will not be a typical rapper-does-a-porn video. This will be a highly interactive, first person, XXX rated experience that puts the user behind the scenes of a G Unit tour."

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