G-Unit’s ‘The Beast Is G-Unit': A Track-by-Track Breakdown [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
When you hear talk of the Southside, you hear talk of the team. The Southside we're referring to is that of Jamaica, Queens in New York City and that team is G-Unit, arguably the most popular rap crew of the 2000s. After enduring a period of internal conflict, the crew is back together, with original members 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks and southern delegates Young Buck and Kidd Kidd forming like Voltron. After they surprised the masses by performing at Hot 97's Summer Jam concert in June 2014, fans didn't have to rely on old mixtapes and T.O.S.album cuts any longer -- new music was on the way.
The reunion led to the release of an EP, The Beauty of Independence, which was well-received by critics and fans alike for its gritty sound and showed a return to form for all parties involved. Tracks like "Digital Scale" and "Changes" contained the vibe and feel of the classics we fell in love with during the group's glory years. Between the EP and their relentless touring schedule, it was clear that the Unit was back in full effect and looking to reclaim their spot as one of the more buzz-worthy brands in rap.
Looking to build on that momentum, G-Unit recently unleashed another EP, The Beast Is G-Unit. The effort runs six tracks deep and is filled with the same level of menacing gun talk as their previous release. The Beast proves The Beauty was no fluke and the reunion is no publicity stunt. We caught up with G-Unit inside The Boombox office in New York City -- Banks, Buck and Yayo were present -- to get the scoop on the making of the new EP, their mindset when it comes to production and what's next for the crew.