G-Unit “Smile” (2003)

Album: Beg For Mercy

Label: G-Unit/Interscope

No I.D.: “That was around the time when I was starting to shop music to other people. I’m not sure how they got the record, but it got shopped and they got it and recorded to it. It was weird, because at the time, the last place I thought this would land would be G-Unit.

“I remember I saw them on 106 & Park or Rap City, and they said ‘Yeah, we’re working with No I.D.’ and I was like ‘Word?’ I didn’t know they were going to make a single out of it. I had no relationships with them at the time, and they ended up pushing it and being the set-up for Lloyd Banks’ solo album. It was totally out of the blue and unexpected.”