Of course, Yayo was no Johnny-come-lately. He and 50 were old friends; together they founded G-Unit with a series of hot-selling mixtapes at the dawn of the millennium. But it wasn't until he was released from the joint in early 2004 -- a freedom revoked for several weeks when Yayo presented his parole officer with a phony passport on his first day out -- that the Queens native could begin work on Thoughts of a Predicate Felon, a debut that shot to No. 2 on the Billboard charts on the strength of the expected guest shots (50, Eminem, et al.) and the usual G-Unit mix of rugged rhymes and ear candy.
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