50 Cent Shares His Thoughts On Why G Unit Members Didn’t Grow As Artists

May 8, 2020

50 Cent is opening up about his G Unit days in his book, Hustle Harder Hustle Smarter. In one of the parts, he talks about why he believes G Unit members Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo didn’t progress in their career.

50 recognizes that Banks and Yayo didn’t fully understand how the hip hop industry evolves, and you have to adapt to the change. 50 said even though they had potential, they didn’t have the drive. 

“I always felt that if I had maybe done a better job teaching Banks and Yayo how to evolve and change their habits, they each would be in better places right now,” noting they both had “unfulfilled potential.” While I was out hustling, Banks was more content staying on his porch and watching the world from there. … Banks wanted things to come to him, as opposed to going out and getting them for himself. That’s not me trying to assassinate his character—the guy has ‘Lazy Lloyd’ tattooed on his arm. He literally wears his laziness on his sleeve.”

50 Cent went on to say that Banks and a Yayo didn’t build themselves apart of the G Unit brand. 50 said he told Banks that he had to evolve, like something as simple as getting an Instagram account, Banks was opposed to it and felt that if Tupac and Biggie didn’t have one, he doesn’t either. However, when Biggie and PAC were around, the Internet wasn’t as prevalent as it is today. Artists these days can gain more success online than trying to get a record deal.

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