Iconic hip hop group M.O.P was recently featured on Drink Champs and member Billy Danze spoke on the G-Unit Rocafella competition during the year 2003 and he also spoke on Jay Z’s advice to his Rocafella label mates at the time. Let’s get into it.
In the segment of the interview Billy Danze speaks specifically of the events leading up to G Unit album release Beg For Mercy.Billy Danze says that everybody at Rocafella was kind of scrambling.
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G-UNIT WAS COMING UP
One may say that the scrambling at Rocafella was justified because for a few years leading up to 50 Cent’s In Da Club hit single 50 Cent and G Unit already had a major buzz in the streets and Wanksta also became a big hit.
WHAT JAY Z SAID
Below is the Jay Z clip that Billy Danze is referring to where he address his Rocafella label mates:
JAY Z WAS RIGHT: 50 CENT & G-UNIT LOCKED DOWN THE RAP GAME
And Jay Z was right as G Unit would go on for the next two years to have a firm grip on the rap game dropping successful album after successful album. After the worldwide success of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ G Unit releasead gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums that included G Unit’s Beg For Mercy, Lloyd Banks’s The Hunger For More, Young Bucks Straight Out Of Cashville, The Game’s The Documentary, Tony Yayo’s Thoughts of A Predicate Felon and 50 Cent’s The Massacre.
WHERE BILLY DANZE WAS WRONG
However, there is a discrepancy in the statement made by Billy Danze that the Rocabella release was beat out by the G Unit release.
When the G Unit album Beg For Mercy Came out the release date was the same as Jay Z’s retirement album, The Black Album. And according to the Nielsen SoundScan numbers Jay Z’s The Black Album beat out G Unit on the Billboard charts.
Jay Z’s The Black Album debuted at number one selling 463,000 copies in its first week, 2Pac’s, Tupac: Resurrection debuted at number 2 with 420,000 copies sold and G Unit’s Beg For Mercy debuted at number three selling 377,000 copies in its first week.
However, the G Unit album did go on to beat Jay Z’s The Black Album in second week sales as it moved up to number 2 and sold 330,000 copies whereas Jay Z’s The Black Album dropped to number 4 selling 288,000 thousand copies in its second week.
And as always we like to close with a saying, quote or adage and today’s is from 50 Cent: WISE MEN LISTEN AND LAUGH WHILE FOOLS TALK.
Now, go forth and change the game!