However, the core group surprised everyone and reunited at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert last June. Since then, they’ve added a new member to the fold named Kidd Kidd. They released a mixtape in August titled The Beauty of Independence. And earlier this month they dropped The Beast Is G-Unit EP, which was gritty and hungry enough to conjure up memories of what made G-Unit indomitable back in 2003.
Considering we’re in the midst of a full blown G-Unit a comeback, it seemed like the perfect time to hit up Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo for a chat. I met the G-Unit rappers at the New York Yankee Steakhouse in Midtown. In between eating extravagant steak and seafood and fans interrupting our meal to get pictures, we had an incredible conversation that explored their journey to and from the highest echelons of hip-hop and the trials and tribulations that came with it. Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo were especially unguarded. They spoke with an openness that was cognizant of their former glory and their mortality. Here’s what they had to say.
Ok, I watched the Creature Talk at 2am. The retweeting session they had in the beginning, the barber shop talk story, and the Creature beat box session was pretty hilarious. Then comes the story of 50 Cent getting into Minecraft. The sheer thought came to me of G-Unit walking through Minecraft servers with like “Poppin’ Them Thangs” or “Stunt 101” playing in the background while diamonds fall around them- I just couldn’t keep it in lol.
Sly’s laugh is hilarious. He probably was thinking the same thing too.