Today in Hip Hop History | G-Unit Released Their Debut Album 'Beg for Mercy'

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

G-Unit released their debut album 'Beg for Mercy' November 14, 2003

"G-g-g-g-g Unit!" You should all know that phrase!


'Beg for Mercy' was released in November 2003, 9 months after 50 Cent's successful debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin'.


G-Unit, consisting of a lethal collective of burgeoning street rappers — including Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo and 50 Cent himself — instantly became one of the hottest crews in hip-hop at that time.


With 'Beg for Mercy', 50 brought his fellow rap compatriots Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo to the forefront. Besides collaborative efforts, each member also had solo songs.

Their debut release, was loaded with hit records including 'Poppin Them Thangs,' 'Stunt 101' and 'Wanna Get To Know You', that burned up the charts for months after the albums release.


'Beg for Mercy' sold 330,000 copies in its 2nd week to peak at #2 on the Billboard 200, while moving another 195,000 units in its 3rd week. By April 2008, it had sold over 3.9 million units in the U.S., 5.8 million copies worldwide, and has since been certified 4x Platinum.


50 Cent was the hottest act in hip-hop at that time and brought his crew along with him to enjoy in the spoils. 'Beg For Mercy' is one of the greatest group records in hip-hop history.


Listen to Beg for Mercy down below.


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