So Many Diamonds

2006/01-02/g-unit/main.jpg50 Cent sits on a grand, plush circular settee in the grand, plush lobby of the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo, France. He is, for the most part, alone. There’s a G-Unit hanger-on sitting a couple of feet away, chatting him up to pass the time. Hotel staff, ever discreet, leaves him be. A couple of guests walk by, oblivious to the star in their midst. He is clad in denim shorts; a black Champion sweatshirt, hood pulled up over his head; and black Reeboks. “RBK. Know what that stands for?” He points to the company’s abbreviated logo on his shoe. “Rich Black Kid,” he says, and his mouth parts into an epic smile. He has told this joke before, but it always works. His teeth are improbably white and wide. It’s a shit-eating grin. It is completely sincere.

It’s 6:45 p.m. Bus call for tonight’s show in nearby Nice, in the south of France, isn’t until 7. But this is how 50 Cent operates, so 20 minutes later, when his 40-man crew of fellow artists, assistants, handlers and security straggle into the lobby, no one expresses surprise. A couple of pounds are exchanged. A few nods and grunts.

2006/01-02/g-unit/1.jpg50, no matter how far he has come, is still something of the boy from the neighborhood; only now he can take his neighborhood with him. Pulled together on relatively short notice—after coheadliner Eminem withdrew from plans for an extension of last summer’s $20-million–grossing Anger Management Tour—the Massacre Tour, G-Unit’s monthlong spin through Europe, is something like a traveling thug-rap revue, a little piece of Queens, and beyond, for continental appraisal. There’s Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, of course, longstanding and loyal affiliates (Tony Yayo, still on parole, isn’t permitted to make the trip), and Olivia, who’s been laying in wait to give G-Unit a woman’s touch. And the veteran forces are now joined by a second line of attack—Mobb Deep and M.O.P., two groups not known for their easy allegiance, and Spider Loc, a surly Los Angeles Crip who stays hidden behind black sunglasses. In the hotel lobby waiting to board the buses, it’s hard to tell old crew from new. 50 needles Banks about his diamond-encrusted Statue of Liberty pendant while Lil Fame looks on. Buck and Spider convene in a corner; just a few feet away, Havoc and Prodigy are sprawled on a couch.

Off in a corner, pecking away at the keyboard of the hotel’s lobby computer, one of these crew members is not like the others. He looks toned, glowing even, with eyes that never seem to shut, even for a quick blink. He’s watching everything, repeatedly glancing away from the screen before him to survey the scene. But when the group begins to file onto the buses, Pastor Mason Betha gets up from his chair, slips on a big backpack, and falls into step with the rest.

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  • B-Stuy don’t ask Why

    Good luck to them this year. Niggas got staying power. 50 got some real lyrical heat on his roster and I hope he keep on adding more. Haters gon stay hating at paid niggas. Hope Minister Murda Ma$e come back with that hot shit he used to do before “Welcome Back”. Shit, ain’t nothin like a huge stack of paper to get a nigga motivated on some real shit. GGG you know what it is nigga! GGG G-Unit!!!!

  • kdog

    FFF FUCK curtis jackson and his wack ass gay-unit hes done!!! GGG G-UNOT

  • MR.G-UNOT

    Yo wat the fuck is wrong wit XXL now puttin these g-unit faggots on the cover,who the fuck 50 thinks he is now cuz he sign mobb deep and MOP he thinks he’s hard ,the stop snitchin stop lyin dvd showed on the real who dis niggaz are .a bunch of fags ,i got respect 4 mop and mobb deep deep cuz they keep it real ,but the rest is pussy,except for olivia i mean oliver dat is a man ,game already killed dem wit all dem disses ,so stop givin these niggas da covers and put some real shit ..G G G G G G G-unot..BWS

  • http://www.rogers.com TRASHTALKER 101

    Niggas can say shit about 50. Most of these niggas hate cause they know how much money they getting at. Exc Jada and try to remember then last time sheek or styles p put out good video songs? Styles had 1 but Sheek 0.Plus most of there mixtapes are BORING.Fat Joe is wack. It looks like THE GAME will be the one to shake them down that tree.

  • the god

    Good video songs? what the fuck is wrong with you? that’s the state of rap, now? a snicthing non talented motherfucker is getting props for SNITCHIN’ and you’re talikg about JADA and the rest of the LOX not putting out good video songs? you otta get fire smacked out your ass!!

  • lx15

    All of g-unit is done and over game and the whole BLACKWALLSTREET murder these punk ass snitches not 1 of g unit members can match THE GAME the west coast is back in a big way and has proven there is no more g unit its BLACKWALLSTREET 2 the grave

  • papy

    don’t u niggas know everytime someone’s on top he’ll always got some faggot ass haters , 50 n g-unit is doin it big if u don’t like it well thats too bad , cuz they’ll only get stronger,so stop hatin on them on the web if u really have some to say go tell em to their faces bullets in ur ass is what u’ll get if ur lucky

  • OG Kreep

    yo,why u fags hate on 50?mobb deep and M.O.P. respect and admire 50 so should the disrespecters.

  • CO-CO1

    THIS IS TO 50 I LOVE YOU AND I HOPE I DO MEET YOU BECAUSE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU TURN ME ON SO PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD AND GAME BACK UP BECAUSE MY MAN IS TAKING OVER GGG-UNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CO-CO1

  • Mozeek

    The only one from G-unit who turns me on is Olivia. I’d fuck that bitch senseless, large nose and all! BIGUP to M.O.P., the only REAL niggas out of that crew.

  • michael wallace

    D-BLOCK Forever…..

  • Ian

    The Lox, 1o years of getting raped by Diddy, that’s all I have to say. Since 50 came out it’s been noting but hits.
    1. Get Rich 10 MILLION
    2. Beg For Mercy 4 million
    3. Hunger for More 3 million
    4. Straight outta Cashville 2 Million
    5. The Documentary 5 million
    6. The Massacre 9.5 Million(World Wide)
    7. Tony Yayo( The Flop) 500,000
    8. Get Rich Soundtrack 2 Million
    How many people Jada reached in Ten years? I saw that dvd Game did. You not on G-unit, then why does Interscope have you listed as a G-unit artist on their website. You getting Pimped, the only reason why 50 hasn’t ended your career is because that’s money out of his pocket, but keep up and you’ll end up like Ja.

  • Keith

    Yo, i bought tony yayos album, i took it home and listned to it, i thought, damn, this shit is wack, so i put it back in the case, gift wrapped it, and gave it to my brother for his birthday the next week, plz 50, drop yayo and drop oliver, big ups 2 M.O.P, i hope u get the commercial success u have deserved since day 1, mobb deep, what were u thinkin, there goes woteva street cred u had right out of the window, im gonna buy blood money, but if its anything like infamy, i will gift wrap it and give it to my gurl as a gift,

    yayo, u a bitch

  • dragonmasteregnites

    so Mozeek you would fuck a man olivia have dick you can see it in hes music video you fucking gay fag. thats why your new name is hoe-zeek gggg-unot. h-town 4 life bitch fucking fag..

  • jdr

    G Unit is # 1

  • Mozeek

    dragonmasteregnites Says:

    May 10th, 2006 at 11:04 am
    so Mozeek you would fuck a man olivia have dick you can see it in hes music video you fucking gay fag. thats why your new name is hoe-zeek gggg-unot. h-town 4 life bitch fucking fag..

    Drag Queen, you’re calling me a hoe?
    Isn’t that what the H in H-town stands
    for?

  • J Dubb

    why yall niggas hateing on 50?…jus b/c he got money in da bank and is on top of the rap game ya’ll wana say hes a snich and aint lyrical shit man if he aint lyrical then how the hell does he keep going platnim with every album he drops(except fo yayo who has no rap skill and should be dropped) man big up to 50 and keep doin ya thing nigga GGGG-Unit

  • sidi

    i love mop and mobb deep, with them in g-unit i think its jus’ bizniz…no love to 50..i think fiddy knows that!

  • http://None Blue Widow

    People now a days are just wack, before Game everyone loved G-Unit, and Fifty. Then Game came out, tried to act gangster, and now people love him, say oh yeah man I never liked fifty we is gay man, just like people liked Ja before 50 came. If it wasn’t for G-Unit most people wouldn’t know Game. Whether people want to see it, look in the Game’s albums credits, most songs either had 50 on it, or he produced it, he just got best song writer award for two songs off that record.

    Now that Game is here people are saying fuck 50 he isn’t real, well I hate to tell you, but neither is Game. All that all rappers do in beef is lie and make up stories, Game is no differnt. Just because he plays basketball with people, and stuff that makes him real? If he was a gangster like he says he is he wouldn’t have moved up to the hills, he would have stayed in the hood with his “Blood Love”. Game is just pissed he got kicked out of G-Unit, and most people will see on his next album that he isn’t shit without 50, and if he has a 3rd album it will blow even more, because he will be dropped from Aftermath, because 50 is the boss, so no 50, no Dre equals no Game. Game Over, he was fucked before he even started.

    Game was a dick rider to every G-Unit member, always sucking up to them in interviews and shit, and now he’s dissing them, in my opinion that just makes his shit look bad.

  • O DOGG G UNIT

    YO ALL YA NIGGAZ DAT DISS G UNIT PROBALBY SWEATIN BITH ASS JA RULE, AINT DAT NIGGA WORKING AT WAL-MART WHILE 50 AND G UNIT GETTIN MAD MONEY. YO FOR REALZ I SUPPORT 50 AND G UNIT TO DA FULLEST. 50 IS DA ONLY REAL NIGGA LEFT. FUCK ALL DA HATERZ. GAME YO ASS SHOULD HAVE NEVA LEFT NOW YOU OUT ON THE STREETS BEGGIN FOR MONEY. G G G G G G UNIT
    FAT JOE YOU AINT SHIT NOW THAT PUN IS GONE. HE WAS DA ONLY REAL PR NIGGA ON TERROR SQUAD AND YOU WAS HIS BITCH. NOW YOU JUST G UNITS BITCH
    MADD LOVE TO 50 AND G UNIT……

  • NOTORIOUS P.I.G

    WUTANG NIGGA!

  • texas flippin

    j dubb holla at me. hey u fucking fag above me go somewhere and die bitch

  • Young G

    Man fuck 40 cent
    GGG G-UNOT!!!

  • g unit king

    the game is a bitch ass nigga jada is fat joe is ja rule all of em 50cent is the only real gangsta left in the rap game he did what most rappers couldnt do in a life time in three years with out 50 the rap is over

  • north side

    olivia isnt a man the game is the snitch with that faggot ass dvd and not rich still lyin was the shit 300 bars was some lame ass shit the game wants to be 50cent