News: "Jersey Shore's" DJ Pauly D On Joining G-Unit, "50 Cent Has Been Somebody I Look Up To"
Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 9:23AM
"Jersey Shore" reality star DJ Pauly D has confirmed his induction into G-Unit and explained what ultimately motivated him to sign on the dotted line for rap star 50 Cent.
Pauly D said his admiration for 50 and their instant chemistry pushed him to side with the Unit.
"50 Cent has also been somebody I look up to," Pauly D explained in an interview. "We ended up linking up and we just clicked. We hit it off immediately with the music and everything like that. So, I'm definitely gonna be working with him. There's been talks about the album and the headphones. I'm looking forward to working with that as well." (XXL Mag)
In April, the Unit's DJ Whoo Kid also discussed Pauly D joining 50's team.
"I ain't get my pink slip yet," Whoo Kid joking said in an interview. "I'm not worried, man. All I do know is he does have new records that he wants to showcase and since 50 [Cent] -- especially with the Hot Rod situation -- he wants to broaden the horizon. I guess he wants to get into the club scene. I think he's G-Note. I haven't gotten the full thing yet...What's cool about 50, he'll call you and say you're fired. [laughs]" (Shade 45)
Speculation of a deal being in the works landed online a week prior.
Pauly D is DANGEROUSLY close to joining forces with G-Unit -- because TMZ has learned, 50 Cent desperately wants to sign him to his record label ... in fact, a 3-album deal is already on the table. Sources close to negotiations tell TMZ, the "Jersey Shore" DJ met with Fiddy and his people in NYC last week -- where they discussed the lucrative record deal ... and also tossed around the idea of a Pauly D merchandise line, specifically Pauly D-brand headphones. Nothing's signed yet -- but according to sources, 50 wants to hammer out the deal ASAP ... before Pauly jets off to Italy to shoot "Jersey Shore" Season 4. We're told talks have become so serious -- 50 and Pauly have even started to kick around ideas for people Pauly can collaborate with. Calls to 50's people weren't returned. (TMZ)
Last summer, G-Unit Records signed a distribution deal with EMI Music.
"We are delighted to join forces with G-Unit and artists who are truly marquee names in hip-hop," EMI Music Vice President Mike Harris said in a statement. "G-Unit is a huge force. Lloyd Banks knows how to deliver a lyrical punch and his single has already generated huge anticipation for the album.. Tony Yayo is a totally unique talent, and 'Pass the Patron' already has the hip hop world buzzing about his album coming out next year." (Statement)
Check out some DJ Pauly D footage below: