20 Rappers Who Almost Signed To Other Labels

Danny Brown

Label They Almost Signed To: G-Unit
Label They Ended Up Signing To: Fool's Gold
Circa: 2010

With his conk, broken-tooth, and his friendship with bedroom-pop star Kitty Pride, Danny Brown isn't your typical rapper. So, it makes sense that he is signed to an independent, multi-genre label like A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold. But in 2010, the Detroit Brown iconoclast almost signed with 50 Cent’s G-Unit. He and 50’s right-hand man Tony Yayo G-Unit had just released a full-length collaborative mixtape, Hawaiian Snow, and talks of an official deal were getting real. But, apparently, 50 couldn’t imagine a teflon G-Unit vest atop a pair of skinny jeans. “50 liked the music,” as Brown told MTV's RapFix. “But he didn’t like the way I looked.”

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