News: 50 Cent Expands G-Unit Roster, "I've Got A New Female Artist I Signed To G-Unit Records" [Video]
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 9:26AM
G-Unit's 50 Cent continues to expand his artist roster by announcing the new acquisition of female hip-hop artist Paris, who now joins the likes of a team already consisting of Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Kidd Kidd, Shawty Lo, DJ Pauly D and more.
According to Fif, his relationship with Paris dates back years and said she even appeared on 2008's Terminate On Site G-Unit album.
"I've got a new female artist I signed to G-Unit Records, her name is Par-is, Paris, P.$., it's going down, you understand," 50 said in a video. "She's from South Jamaica Queens, flavor. Actually, she's been around for a while. I've known her for quite some time. If you a G-Unit fan and you listen and you heard ['Kitty Kat'], that was actually Paris' performance back then. She actually came and did vocals for us on that [Terminate On Site] record but now she's ready and you're going to see Paris." (50 Cent Music)
In 2010, the Unit's Tony Yayo said he wanted female rap star Nicki Minaj on Fif's roster.
"She was out there and she was messing with this guy named Fendi. I was trying to do a record with her, but Fendi was like, 'For what? Why you wanna do something with her?' Then I left it alone. This was a long, long time ago when I was seeing her on the 'Come Up' DVDs, 'cause that's how she started," Yayo explained in an interview. "You know what's crazy? Like, three years ago, I said to [music executive and G-Unit producer] Sha Money [XL] ... 'You need a hot female artist, rapper. I'm telling you, that lane is open. I'm telling you, Sha, that female lane, that rapper lane is wide open.' What she did was capture it at the right time, 'cause nobody's out. There's no Lil' Kim out, there's no Foxy ... she just conquered that lane at the right time with the right people." (Rap Fix)
G-Unit producer Sha Money XL previously talked to with SOHH about Minaj putting pressure on all female artists.
"Nicki Minaj has set the bar so high that whoever the new female rappers is, and I've heard one or two females so far and they're horrible and I'm real hard on female rappers, seriously. I ain't with the bullsh*t, don't come too hard, you gotta be sexy and look like Nicki Minaj and sh*t. She got it." (SOHH Guest Star)
Paris' signing comes shortly after Fif aligned himself with artists like Shawty Lo, Kidd Kidd and DJ Pauly D.
"When Pauly came by to see me, they had options. They had several places that they were going, and people that were interested in doing a deal with him. Obviously, the momentum from "Jersey Shore" was spun off into him being the first one to have his own independent series. They're moving places and DJing in front of bigger audiences, and getting ready to make moves internationally, where the DJ is the star, overseas. When I sat with him, I saw the opportunities we could have moving forward, with brand extension and packaging the music...I look forward to it. I call him "the bridge." He's going to be something between what you would get from a DJ Khaled or a DJ Drama and what you would get from David Guetta." (Rolling Stone)
Check out 50 Cent's video below: