After digging his heels into the business world with G-Unit Records, G-Unit Clothing, a film production company and numerous sponsorship deals, unlikely rap mogul 50 Cent is looking to further his reach into music with the launch of yet another label: G-Note Records.
The new imprint will focus on more pop-friendly and R&B acts, rather than Hip-Hop. The first artist on the label will be longtime G-Unit affiliate, Hot Rod.
"[Hot Rod] is the first artist of G NOTE," 50 tweeted over the weekend, just as Hot Rod released a new single, titled "Dance With Me".
"He gonna do his numbers watch."
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Hot Rod signed to G-Unit Records over five years ago, after 50 Cent heard a demo of the hopeful Arizonan. His first single, "Be Easy" featuring Mary J. Blige, dropped in the summer of 2006, but failed to garner enough attention to justify backing for an album.
Despite the early setbacks, 50 seems to be confident in Hot Rod, and his new club-pop friendly musical direction. The feeling is more than mutual for the hopeful Hip-Hopper.
“G-Unit Records is hardcore street influenced hip-hop music, but with G-Note it’s more of a pop, dance and R&B feel," Hot Rod told Vibe. "I’m like a fusion of both. You’re still going to hear me rapping but it’s on a different style of production."
In other Curtis Jackson news, the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper’s security team called police to his 52 room house earlier this week, when they noticed an unfamiliar car in his driveway.
When the cops showed up, a scene from a bad stoner movie unfolded – both criminals were still in the house, making utter fools of themselves. One of the thieves was hiding in a closet with a bottle of wine. The suspects allegedly entered through an unlocked door.
The thieves have both been released on a $50, 000 bond.