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 How big of an impact did 50 Cent and the G-Unit movement have on hip-hop?
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Your memories and thoughts from that early 2000 era when 50 pretty much ran hip hop.
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I think they had a huge impact on the modern commercial game and had their little 5 year run like everyone else. I think 50 of course was the main figure. His business model of using mixtapes to really get attention wasnt invented by him, but he is probably the biggest commercial success utilizing that approach. He kinda made people see that you could get into the game through the back door even after being industry blackballed. I think he also made having a "story" an important attribute of being a commercially successful star. They became victims of their own success and 50's ego.
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^the 'story' aspect played a role in sales way before 50. think about tupac and biggie. west vs east. chronic 2001 as the return of dre. etc, etc. A big reason Em sells so much is because he's made it so each album (usually) advances his story a bit more.

50/G-Unit impact was huge and a large part of it was the story... but it's also what played a big part of what brought him down. he was an underdog, got shot 9 times and came back stronger. named his debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'.... And he got rich. Now what? The Massacre was still interesting because we got to see how he is now that he's at the top. But it finished his story. Anything after that is irrelevant and unnecessary.


Em had been successful at stringing everything into one big story. SSLP (crazy white rapper stamped by dre novelty), MMLP (rising up, frustrations, expanding his background), TES (dealing with the fame). Encore was some bullsh*t. Looking back at it tho, even tho he didn't mean for it to, it only added to his "story." We got to see him falling down and drugged out. Relapse was bullsh*t and needs to be forgotten. Recovery was his "comeback"... tho thats debatable. It does add to his "story" tho

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robollama said:
^the 'story' aspect played a role in sales way before 50. think about tupac and biggie. west vs east. chronic 2001 as the return of dre. etc, etc. A big reason Em sells so much is because he's made it so each album (usually) advances his story a bit more.

50/G-Unit impact was huge and a large part of it was the story... but it's also what played a big part of what brought him down. he was an underdog, got shot 9 times and came back stronger. named his debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'.... And he got rich. Now what? The Massacre was still interesting because we got to see how he is now that he's at the top. But it finished his story. Anything after that is irrelevant and unnecessary.


Em had been successful at stringing everything into one big story. SSLP (crazy white rapper stamped by dre novelty), MMLP (rising up, frustrations, expanding his background), TES (dealing with the fame). Encore was some bullsh*t. Looking back at it tho, even tho he didn't mean for it to, it only added to his "story." We got to see him falling down and drugged out. Relapse was bullsh*t and needs to be forgotten. Recovery was his "comeback"... tho thats debatable. It does add to his "story" tho
Well put sir. Props given
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robollama said:
^the 'story' aspect played a role in sales way before 50. think about tupac and biggie. west vs east. chronic 2001 as the return of dre. etc, etc. A big reason Em sells so much is because he's made it so each album (usually) advances his story a bit more.

50/G-Unit impact was huge and a large part of it was the story... but it's also what played a big part of what brought him down. he was an underdog, got shot 9 times and came back stronger. named his debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'.... And he got rich. Now what? The Massacre was still interesting because we got to see how he is now that he's at the top. But it finished his story. Anything after that is irrelevant and unnecessary.


Em had been successful at stringing everything into one big story. SSLP (crazy white rapper stamped by dre novelty), MMLP (rising up, frustrations, expanding his background), TmES (dealing with the fame). Encore was some bullsh*t. Looking back at it tho, even tho he didn't mean for it to, it only added to his "story." We got to see him falling down and drugged out. Relapse was bullsh*t and needs to be forgotten. Recovery was his "comeback"... tho thats debatable. It does add to his "story" tho
Good point
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the 50 Cent/G-Unit story consists of Hiphop/US/Crime history!!

50 built his own crew (rap & streetwise) inorder to stand up against murder Inc. & the final remnants of Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff's infamous Supreme Team... the same gang that k!lled 50's mother when he was only 7 years old!! fast forward..... eventually RUNDMC's Jam Master Jay becomes the mentor of Curtis Jackson... 50 gets shot 9 times by Supreme, than Jam Master Jay gets murdered in a studio from another Supreme hit!! 50 puts himself together, 10 yrs later he sits on $100 Million & is accepted by modern day society aside from an internet site called Bx
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I would say arguably just as big of an impact as any other movement in hip hop. It completely shifted the climate of the game and what rappers were trying to do.

Just like the West Coast gangstafied hip hop

and then Bad Boy came back with Ma$e and blinged out hip hop

50 came back and gangstafied it again.

You could say the following came as a result of 50 and G-Unit

- thug/gangsta rappers saturating the game ( check all those damn smack DVD's )

- rappers utilizing mixtapes more

-rappers re-doing hit songs on their mixtapes.

- crews becoming more relevant again
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i really don't see what g unit added to the game.
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DreamChasers said:
i really don't see what g unit added to the game.
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Nothing more than Ja and murder Inc did. The only real thing 50 brought to the game was pushing the envelope in terms of what was acceptable in hip hop beefs.
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what 50 did was the basis for everything thats goin on in hiphop right now. 50 was the first successful group entity (in terms of plaques) since the 90s. everything ross, wayne, ye, and even jay. is doin is based on his success with yayo, game, buck, and banks. he k!lled the solo market, the group market, AND the group members gone solo sh*t for like 5-6 years straight. that is the exact run these vanity labels are emulating in 2012. hopin to improve on his mistakes (hence the "beef is wack" bs they talk now, etc.) and go further with the blueprint that he expanded.
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That wasthe very last XXL mag i ever purchased.
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Perfected the art of using hip hop beef as a marketing tool. I know its been there since the dawn of hip hop, but none saw the same level of success as 50 and g-unit by utilizing that formula.

50 came into the game with how to rob just to get blackballed, then his mainstream debut was 99% murder inc beef. It was exciting to be honest. He got the whole shady aftermath involved then the magazines.

Only to be repeating "ja rule skits" hisself, singing and dancing in his r&b hip-pop hits, then again using beef (with kanye and rawse) to get back on that "competitive nature of hip hop".

Like all formulas and esp in todays short attention span era, that same cycle of going pop then coming back around playing a bully got played out rather quickly. So hes where hes at now. Because no ones legitimizing 50 as a bully to other n*ggaz now, hes starting sh*t wit his own group members. Well from young buck to game, that internal tension formula was always around, but as hes now more stepping outside music and making money off the scene with straight to dvd movies and knockoff beat by dres, he must feel like he can even abdandon his core foundation which is the original g-unit consisted of banks and yayo.

His story of getting revenge on preme and reaching mega success on mainstream level is however nothing short of amazing. Even without a dollar to his name when his time runs out, he may go with a smile just based on that.
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blessed hop hop with lloyd banks' lyrics
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50 changed the game forever.

he is the king of the mixtape hustle. he MADE other artists strive to create dominance through the mixtape scene.

he used beef as a marketing tool as well as a way to clear the market. 50 RAN rap music. if you werent down with 50/Shady/Interscope you barely existed. he ended one of the most succesful artists career (Ja Rule).

his ego also inspired many in the game today, 50 wanted to own rap, he did, but its obvious now you cant run a genre forever, YMCB will realize this fairly soon
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