Shortly after 50 Cent's commercial success as a result of his well-received 2003 album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'G-Unit's frontman began preparing for the group's debut LP, Beg for Mercy. For XXL's January/February 2004 issue, the crew—comprised of 50, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck—talked about securing the bag as they continue to show how hard they hustle. Click the image below to read the original article Only the Strong  from XXL magazine's January/February 2004 issue.

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