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Owing to the extraordinary success of his official solo debut, Get Rich Or Die Tryin, it was only a matter of time before US rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson, 6 July 1975, Queens, New York City, New York, USA) launched his own collective, G-Unit. While many new fans assumed it was a freshly assembled outfit, it turns out that G-Units history stretched back before 50 Cents hit debut, with a line-up that included long-time friends Tony Yayo (b. Marvin Bernard, 31 March 1978, Queens, New York City, New York, USA) and Lloyd Banks (b. Christopher Lloyd, 30 April 1982, New Carrollton, Maryland, USA). Following his near-fatal shooting in mid-2000, 50 Cent sought to rebuild his career, and one of the first matters of business was setting up G-Unit. In the early years of the twenty-first century, the crew released a series of mixtapes featuring the DJs Whookid and Cutmaster C. After the blockbuster success of Get Rich Or Die Tryin (which set a record...