G-Unit affiliate Hot Rod has confirmed recent speculation and gossip suggesting 50 Cent has launched a new record label called G-Note Records.

According to Hot Rod, G-Note Records is more pop-based than G-Unit Records.

“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)

Rod also admitted that G-Note Records has been in existence longer than people think.

“G-Note has been established, but we just didn’t go public until now. The whole plan was to put out ‘Dance With Me’ as the first single on G-Note. I’ve been touring worldwide since 2007 and hit over 20 countries on my own. All the influences from the road, that’s what really took me into this new lane.” (VIBE)

Speculation of G-Note Records bubbled a few days ago.

Although Fif already owns G-Unit, the rap star has now announced his latest project – a new label called G-Note Records. And Fiddy has already made his first signing in the form of G-Unit affiliate Hot Rod, who hails from Phoenix, Arizona. Revealing the news, 50 Cent wrote on his Twitter page: “[Hot Rod] is the first artist of G NOTE. He gonna do his numbers watch.” (OMG Music)

Last August, 50’s G-Unit crew 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 Hot Rod’s “Be Easy” music video down below: