I now give you permission to let your G-Unit reunion dreams run wild.
That's thanks to Game and Lloyd Banks, who reunited last night -- in Dubai, of all places -- and took a picture for proof/to toy with us. Game's caption only fanned the flames of nostalgia: "Still," he wrote.
As you may recall, four-fifths of peak G-Unit reassembled in 2014, with 50 Cent, Banks, Young Buck, and Tony Yayo (plus new addition Kidd Kidd) dropping The Beauty of Independence EP, followed by The Beast Is G-Unit last year.
One crucial cog in the circa 2004-05 G-Unit demolition machine was missing, though: Game.
He was embroiled in a bitter battle with 50 and co. beginning in 2005, when both sides exchanged scathing disses (including Game's 15-minute opus "300 Bars & Runnin'").
But the Compton native has voiced some openness to reconciling with his friends-turned-foes in recent years -- with the most notable and least-willing-to-concede foe, not surprisingly, being 50. Last year, he posted a #TBT photo of him and Fif, and that was far from the first seed he planted. In 2010, he said he "extended an olive branch," and in 2014 said it was "cool" to see the Unit get back together, wishing them "congrats."
50 still seems...uh, let's just say, not too keen on Game or the idea of getting back together. Thursday morning (February 18), he reposted the picture with his own take.
"What do you see when you look at this picture? I see confusion,I'm not sure if it's just me, I'm a Cancer sh-t don't get old with me," he wrote in a since-deleted post. "I never ask for trouble but I really don't have a problem with it I'm different. The question isn't how I feel about it, but how dose ( Lodi Mac ) feel about it? Some shit is just better off left alone. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO."
The Lodi Mack that he references is G-Unit affiliate Lowell Fletcher, who was murdered in 2009. In 2014, Game's former manager, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, was found guilty of murder-for-hire and sentenced to life in prison.
So this still seems like a pipe dream for G-Unit fans. And I know it's over a decade later, so the odds of them recapturing the magic, even if they did get back together, are pretty slim. But imagine if these dudes even just got in the same studio and tried to go for it again? Or stepped on the same stage? Remember this?
No harm in hoping -- and replaying old G-Unit while I do -- right?