The industry magazine has been publishing its rap groups rating throughout June and finally revealed the entire list of the Top 50 most important and influential groups in the history of hip hop.
None of Eminem’s groups made it to this list, but Fifty’s crew has landed inside the Top 20.
This is what a Billboard journaist has to write about G-Unit:
In some ways, the history of hip-hop can be seen through two lenses: the era before G-Unit and the era after. Led by 50 Cent, the crew’s classic core (50, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck) took the world by storm, utilizing an endless flow of mixtapes, beefs and cold, hard lyricism to effectively put the rap game in a chokehold from 2002 to 2007. Infighting — and changing times in hip-hop — ultimately led to the group’s undoing. But there are few true crew albums that can stand alongside 2003’s Beg for Mercy in terms of unfiltered, sneering bangers, with earworm hooks and verses dripping with braggadocio. At its height, the crew was everywhere: MTV, the charts, Reebok sneakers, G-Unit clothing lines and relentless street marketing campaigns that left no oxygen remaining for anyone else who tried to claim some of their rarified air. New York City — and hip-hop in general — has never been the same since.
Here is five highest positions as chosen by Billboard:
2. Wu-Tang Clan
4. A Tribe Called Quest
The top 5 list looks rather solid but you can questions some choices down the list. Read the article in full here.