50 Cent’s G-Unit crew will drop their debut, Beg For Mercy, on November 4th.
“It’s like Get Rich or Die Tryin’ times ten,” says Young Buck, a member of the rap quartet that includes Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and 50 himself.
“Banks, Buck, and Yayo each bring something significant to the table,” 50 says. “That’s why I signed them.”
The sixteen-track album features production from the usual suspects, Dr. Dre and Eminem, but despite those big names, there aren’t a lot of guest spots. “When there are four of us, it doesn’t make sense to bring a lot of guests on,” explains Banks.
Yayo’s presence is limited thanks to his ongoing incarceration, but each member of the G-Unit crew gets a shot at solo cuts. Still, 50 takes over for most of the hooks — as on Banks’ “Smile” and Buck’s “Footprints in the Sand.”
“Footprints” is an autobiographical look at how Buck, a native Southerner, got to where he is today, built fittingly on a Dirty South-meets-East Coast vibe.