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Spider Loc(G-Unit West Kept Secret): ‘Why G-Unit Deal did not work?!'[Upadate]

Spider Loc: ’50 let me out to dry!’

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Spider Loc’s reputation precedes him. The Cali native’s gang affiliation, intimidating persona and penchant for beef make him one of G-Unit’s most intriguing figures. The 28-year-old MC was discovered in 2001 after he freestyled for Suge Knight at a local restaurant. Although he never officially signed with Tha Row, Loc worked exclusively with the label and appeared on their 2002 motion picture soundtrack, Dysfunktional Family. The following year,

The Guardian:”If you laughed when 50 Cent went bankrupt, you don’t understand hip-hop!”

When a rapper with as high a profile as 50 Cent declares bankruptcy, you could power a small nation with the schadenfreude. Twitter wags – inevitably – weighed in, with various puns on Curtis Jackson’s chosen alias, while others laboured to make jokes about the EU bailing him out. Newspapers printed pictures of him festooned with gold and captions advising him to visit the nearest branch of Cash Converters. There were few well-wishers, or people organising volunteers to run “a mile for Fiddy”.

On the face of it, this gleeful celebration of misfortune is hardly surprising. The setback follows hard on the heels of a jury ordering Jackson to pay $5m in an invasion of privacy case that saw him delivering a tasteless and unfunny narration over a sex tape. 50 Cent’s larger than life approach – encompassing a hugely successful rap career (2003’s album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold over 12m copies that year alone), high-profile business ventures (his stake in Vitaminwater is rumoured to have made him $100m), spats with other rap stars such as The Game and Rick Ross, and acting (he plays the trainer in the recent Jake Gyllenhaalfilm Southpaw) – was bound to have commentators chiding him for his hubris when he hit a bump in the road.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘The Messacre’ Edition

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4. 50 Cent-The Messacre

In a lot of ways, 50 Cent's The Massacre is the beginning of the end for 50 Cent and G-Unit as a whole. It features all the missteps that would soon either undermine or undo 50's empire; a misguided pop effort that alienated too many core fans yet still resulted in a No. 1 hit ("Candy Shop"), an overzealous effort to use beef as a marketing ploy ("Piggy Bank"), and the use of commercial performance to justify all antics (selling 1.14 million copies in a short week). But what really undid this album is 50's hubris. Coming off Get Rich or Die Tryin' he was absolutely convinced that he'd never run out of hits because he could just go to the studio and whip up some more. So much so he essentially gave away the first draft of The Massacre to his then protege, The Game, for his debut, The Documentary.

Take a moment to consider how much better The Massacre would have been if you instead had the six songs 50 would later claim he wrote for Game, including "Hate It or Love It" and "How We Do."

And yet, 50 had all the reason in the world be confident. The Massacre still featured some of the best rap music of not just 50's career, but of that era of rap period. Yes, the album was overindulgent with a jampacked lineup of 22 tracks that ran 73 minutes. But it still featured songs like "In My Hood," "This Is 50," and "Ski Mask Way." The Vivica A. Fox diss on "Get In My Car"

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: The Hunger For More Edition

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Those of us who were recruited to G-Unit's fanbase via their earliest mixtape grind had to have been wondering what would come of Banks and Yayo. With the eventual recruitment of UTP's Young Buck and Dr. Dre's protege Game,

G-Unit was suddenly a crowded roster. Banks got the first solo release date following 50 Cent's debut.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Soundtracks Edition

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  • "At the Ent Of The Day, What will you hang on to?"

G-Unit Nation {G-Unit(50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo), Mobb Deep (Prodigy, Havoc), M.O.P (Billy Danze, Lil Fame), G-Unit Crips/G-Unit West (Spider Loc), Harlem World (Murda Ma$e), Olivia }

Guest: Nate Dogg

A G-Unit album as film soundtrack—alright, I'll take it. Luckily, this wasn't just a compilation project, but a legit new release with a few legit hits. If it took a $40 million vanity blockbuster to give us "Window Shopper," so be it. This here's a bona fide G-Unit album, and so, of course, it's more gangsta than playboy, more slick than seductive, so much so that

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Thoughts of a Predicate Felon Edition

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Given his famous incarceration, the expectations of Tony Yayo's debut were relatively slim. Not that we weren't checking for Yayo, but we weren't quite pulling for him, "Free Yayo" proto-hashtags aside. So you can't say Predicate Felon flopped, really. It's just that the slick/shit balance that blessed 50 never quite leveled with Yayo's persona—"So Seductive" (a certified banger, to be sure) and "Curious" drove

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Rotten Apple Edition

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Despite Game's single-driven success with "One Blood" and "Wouldn't Get Far," G-Unit proper started flagging in 2006, with few exciting releases and a penchant for drama before music. For a while there, it seemed like Banks was the only G-Unit artists with any hunger in his gut. "Cake" notwithstanding, however, Rotten is as aggressive as it is charmless, with no tracks as turn-up friendly as "I'm So Fly," "On Fire," or "So Seductive." The monotony of Rotten Apple's second half is peak oversaturation of the G-Unit formula, even if tracks like "Hands Up," "Survival," and "Gilmore's" do salvage that familiar energy in spots.