NEW YORK (AP) — G Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year’s biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: They digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday.
The rap group dropped “The Beauty of Independence” extended play at midnight, mirroring Beyonce’s successful surprise release of her self-titled album last year. The 50 Cent-led group disbanded over the years and last released “T.O.S: Terminate on Sight” in 2008.
50 Cent said the group, which released its multiplatinum debut “Beg for Mercy” in 2003, is more mature today, and that enhanced the creativity behind the new music.
“The artists are more developed than they were in the very beginning,” he said, adding that member Tony Yayo wrote two hooks on the album, a job usually reserved for 50 Cent.
G Unit surprised the audience at the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert in June by reuniting onstage. The group — which also includes Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and new member Kidd Kidd — released the album independently on the Caroline label, where 50 Cent released the album “Animal Ambition” in June after years of being signed to Interscope and Eminem‘s Shady Records.