Southern rapper Shawty Lo may have to start learning how to pronounce “GG-GG-G-Unit” after revealing plans to ink a record deal with 50 Cent.
While keeping details brief, Shawty revealed a recent sit down he had with 50.
“I done sat down with about four or five labels and the best situation I think I’d like is, I had a meeting with 50 Cent, G-Unit, and I left New York last Wednesday,” Shawty explained in an interview. “We had a good six, seven hour meeting and I think it went well. I just want his attorneys to get with my attorneys and then we’ll make it concrete. So you know, stay tuned…I feel like 50 is a hard worker.” (Video City TV)
In late 2009, 50 updated fans on the status of his G-Unit record company.
“As far as the rest of the roster, of course the original G-Unit as a group are gonna stay together,” Fif promised in an interview. “That’s myself, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks on the actual label, G-Unit Records as a roster, I let Prodigy and Havoc go off the label because P had to get extra money before he went into jail. And Havoc just had idle time while P was gone because he didn’t work as often as P does. M.O.P. was kinda just waiting for me to do it for them…Hot Rod and Spider Loc are still technically signed to G-Unit Records…[Young] Buck is still signed to G-Unit Records, hopefully he can come up with a record. If he can come up with a song, we can get my money back, you know what I’m saying? I hope he can come up with something right quick. I’m looking forward to that check at least. They gotta pay me not to put the [G-Unit] logo on it.” (This Is 50)
Last summer, G-Unit Records signed a 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 recently 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)
Along with G-Unit Records, 50 has artists like Hot Rod signed to his G-Note company.
“G-Unit Records is hardcore street influenced hip-hop music, but with G-Note it’s more of a pop, dance and R&B feel. I’m like a fusion of both. You’re still going to hear me rapping but it’s on a different style of production,” Hot Rod explained in an interview. “50 sat us all down–me, Spyder Loc — everyone. He told us straight up, ‘You got to make yourselves hot. I can’t just be doing everything.’ He wanted to see what we could do independently. This was back in ’07. That’s when I took to my own grind and found promoters and did things on my own. Touring really was a big part of me getting to this point. I didn’t lose faith, I just realized I had to step up to the challenge.” (VIBE)
Check out Shawty Lo’s interview below: