XXcLusive: Tony Yayo – “When we got Dropped From Interscope, it was a Crushing Thing”

Getting released from his contract with Interscope, wasn’t easy for G-Unit rapper, Tony Yayo, to digest. The Queens-bred rep recently shared with XXLMag.com how it felt to get the boot and hints at 50 Cent’s new plans for the crew.

Yayo said when he first got the news, it hit him hard. “When we got dropped from Interscope it was like, ‘Aww, man,’” he shared. “It was like you know a crushing thing. You know, when you used to being on top and now you feel like, for me, you’re feeling like you on the bottom.”

Don’t feel sorry for Tony just yet though. The G-Unit soldier revealed that Fif is prepping a comeback. “God works in mysterious ways and good things is happening now,” he said. “The new opportunities are coming. I don’t wanna talk too much about them either ’cause I don’t wanna ruffle any feathers or anything, but 50 is definitely bringing G-Unit back to where it needs to be. “

“We was gonna go the independent route, ’cause we put out ‘Beamer, Benz or Bentley,’ all that’s independently,” he added. “That’s with no machine.” But it seems like 50 has something else up his sleeve.

Meanwhile, Yayo says he didn’t leave Interscope empty handed. “When I got dropped, I’m not gonna front. I was a little down about it,” he explained. “It’s not like it was because of the money, because Interscope, they advanced me for my second album. So I got money that I didn’t even deserve…but it’s just the whole thing of being dropped and everybody looking at you.”

As previously reported, Yayo is currently working on his acting debut in Benny Boom’s S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight. —Jesse Gissen

  • AZ40

    Awwww poor Yayo

    • King Don GUnit

      Dear God,
      We will give you Tony Yayo in return for Tupac & Biggie…if you think this isn’t a fair trade we will throw in Justin Beiber, Lindsay Lohan, Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, Diddy, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and your choice of any 3 “wack” rappers (there are just too many to list!)

      Thanks,
      A Hip Hop fan who wants real rap back

      • LEO

        P.S.

        Lil Wayne will seal the deal…

        • stuckfresh

          Lil is 100 times more talented then all them wack fuckers on that list? Maybe your saying that because your a hater or maybe the only thing you heard from Weezy was the carter 3?? but either way wayne is the best out right now and you know it!

        • biggamike

          @stuckfresh. Actually, you are the one thats wrong buddy! In Da Club was released on December 24th, 2002. Guess what label it came out on?….Shady/interscope.(had to be signed by them already to have his debut single from his debut album to be released by that label) Interscope then gave 50 Cent his own label, G-Unit, in 2003. Beg for Mercy, the groups debut album came out in November of 2003. Guess what label it came out on….G-Unit/interscope!!! Sooo, do your feelings about hating when people talk like they know something when the don’t know shit still apply when said person is yourself?Oh, and let me site my sources. heres a link so you can read all about it:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent
          Get ya facts straight Pimp!

        • Avenger XL

          Are you saying Lil waynes ghost writers are better than Pac and Biggie?

          If so that is crazy.

          Lil wayne speaks for the get money fuck rap generation and these cats prove they don’t give a damn about the culture everyday.

        • the truth

          Wayne doesnt write! so wtf are you talking about? Gillie the kid is the only 1 who said they wrote waynes shit! but we know he’s full of shit cause he cant rap half as good as the stuff he claim to have written! wtf?

        • http://xxlmag.com yankees

          How can Wayne be the best out if Em is still alive? Em is the best to ever do it. Just ask Jay and The Blueprint.

      • DownSouth

        King Don, I got this word from the LORD:

        “Throw in Wacka Flacka and you got a deal my son”

        DOWN SOUTH!!!

        • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

          Throw in Nicki Minaj and the rest of YM and I think God would throw in Big L to return to earth…and please don’t forget Guru JMJ..and oh’ dude from the Fat Boys. Fuck this new shit trust God ain’t sleepin’ let the man work ;-)

      • deemajor

        throw in mims too

        • Haute

          What’s wrong with mims? he’s a talented dude, maybe you’re not listening to him enough, the only songs he gets played on the radio aren’t even his true style and are probably some of his worst songs

      • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

        God, bring back my homies PROOF and BREED!!

  • the realness 101

    That’s no surprise! Young Buck I see you! RED ALBUM OUT NOW!

  • Uncle B

    Tony Yayo is one of the worst rappers New York has ever produced. Why is he supprised about being dropped? New York should rappers and DJ’s should sign a petition to ban his pathetic azz of the airways.

    • adillaveli

      Fuck him and the rest of g-unit them niggas ain’t on shit without a machine like interscope behind them and even though its over i bet my money that none of them can beat Ja lyrically 1 on 1 it took yall whole click. ha ha ha…

      • Afi K. James

        Co-Sign.

        May God Bless their days in hell.

  • Lloyd Sprayweather

    Ain’t no shame in keepin it real. Who wouldn’t be a lil down bout gettin dropped from the machine?

  • Stuckfresh

    Man 50 talk all that shit about he run interscope n they drop his clown ass! His time on top was no longer then Mc Hammer! lol! Cash Money been on Universal for 13 years! Gay unit was on Interscope for 5 years and got drop! didnt 50 say if kanye west sell more then him he would retire! wtf? get lost! if he had buck n game they would still be on top! he made fun of Koch records n now he wish he had koch records cause thats the only way they can make money selling 150,000 copies! fuck 50! he dumb rich anyway!

    • EReal

      You’re a shameless hater. They didn’t drop 50, and they didn’t drop G-Unit. They dropped Banks and Yayo as solo artists. Get your shit straight.

      • stuckfresh@hotmail.com

        Tony Gayo and Fuck boy banks are G unit! who else do they have? 50? he cant even go gold anymore? And Baby owns a company! You dont know what he makes! you only know what the company makes! And Cash money signed for 30 milli and never made that list! rick ross and game made the list and ill be damn if them 2 put together have 1/2 the money Stunna got!

        • P

          Stuckfresh that crack pipes heatin up, leave that shit alone for a min and peep this….1) g-unit never got dropped, contractually they are signed to interscope, thats as a group 2)banks and yayo SOLO…key word fuck face is SOLO, they got dropped but as a group g-unit drops under Int….and fuck baby why you on his dick, that pic of him and wayne kissing is what you probably beat off too every night faggot, forbes aint never put baby or cash money or wayne in the same tax bracket ad fifty….fuckin lame get your shit right

    • biggamike

      Didn’t 50 sign his deal with interscope in 2002? Get rich or Die Tryin came out in Feb. 2003. They’ve been on that label for 8 years.
      And the comment about only making money with Koch selling 150000 records is false. If you’re an established artist with the resume of someone like 50, you can get match or get close to the royalty rate and album points at a major that they would give you at an independent. 50 is the one that made game hot!(no ricky martin)All the hits Game had on his debut album, were 50′s songs that he already had made. All he did was let Game throw verses and put it on The Documentary.

      • stuckfresh

        Im a school you real quick young punk! 50 signed to shady/aftermath in 2003 Gay unit signed to Interscope in 2005 and was let go in 2010! 5 years! I hate people try to talk like they know something?? when they dont know shit! Go to Riaa website and type 50′s name in and you will see bisd sisnt even go gold! 50 is the new Mc Hammer!

        • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

          “Go to Riaa website and type 50’s name in and you will see bisd sisnt even go gold!”

          ^ “Before I Self Destruct has sold over 436,000 copies in the United States. As of January 21, 2010 the album has been certified Gold by the RIAA for shipment of more than 500,000 units.”

          And before you go there, Wayne’s ‘Rebirth’ has obtained a gold plaque the same way.

        • the truth

          yes waynes ROCK album is gold! and went gold after 6 weeks in stores! bisd went gold in like 52 weeks in stores! lol! he sold that his 1 week w/ both album 1 and 2! 50 is done!

        • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

          “Before I Self Destruct is the fourth studio album by American rapper 50 Cent, released November 9, 2009 ”

          “As of January 21, 2010 the album has been certified Gold by the RIAA”

          ^ that ain’t 52 weeks fam.

        • swype-matic

          I know man, people act like that album came out November 2008 or somethin’. Sure, that album blew balls (only 4, maybe 5 decent/good songs), but it still went gold and people pretty much just try to reach for anything.

        • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

          “and people pretty much just try to reach for anything.”

          ^ this I have noticed.

          ‘Crime Wave’>’Over’

          song and video

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  • sealsaa

    Surprised? C’mon son.

    FACT:Yayo got signed by association. Hell, at that point in his career, 50 could’ve got Milli Vanilli signed.

  • frefg

    Dropping Yayo was understandable, but not Banks.
    They were dropped to weaken 50′s future negotiations.

    And to the dummy counting Cash Money’s Bread, why we never seen Baby on Forbes Hi-Hop Cash Cows? 50 made more money in 5 years then their whole label. Now lie and say Baby is richer then 50 cent.

    • zherow

      It ain’t about the money. When Cash Money was upstart and with Universal, damn near everybody, whether it was B.G., Juvenile, Big Tymers, has at least 2 platnium albums, and no one except 50 from G-Unit can say that, so from a business perspective, its a better thing to keep around a label that can actually give you a good output than 1 person holding down over 6 artists at a time and still getting a check cut from you. I mean, you don’t keep putting money and labor into a car that breaks down every three days; you get rid of it and invest in a better vehicle.

      I’m not a current Cash Money fan, by the way, its just how the business works.

  • DV8

    Pride comes before the fall…Word to Lebron (future Chicago Bull) James.

  • sealsaa

    @frefg

    Banks got dropped because he allowed his career to be put on the back-burner in support of 50′s. Banks fucked himself up. I haven’t met a person yet that doesn’t think that Banks is the most gifted one in the group.

  • http://1hiphop.wordpress.com/ Ellomorning

    I like Yayo, he doesn’t front, he doesn’t lie…he’s straightforward & honest about what he is and where he came from…I like how he came out and was like…damn i wasnt like Scarface in the street, i was nickel & diming….real talk…

    The mans been around the world more than you all look out your window in the course of a year, slow down on the hate…lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/asyrbeats GIF DA VET

    They should of been left Interscope and went independent! Being loyal is one thing but being foolish is another imagine if G Unit did those numbers independently, Yayo would feel just fine. Tell em’ I’ve got tracks for them if they needed em. -GIF DA VET

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Lloyd Sprayweather says:

    Ain’t no shame in keepin it real. Who wouldn’t be a lil down bout gettin dropped from the machine?

    ^ word

    “now he wish he had koch records cause thats the only way they can make money selling 150,000 copies!”

    ^ this is foolish mortal thinking. They put out Banks’ song independently, did you even read what Yayo said?

    And isn’t BISD RIAA gold certified? I think that means we cannot say he flopped with his 1st week #’s anymore. The album sold after the first week, no?

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  • RWord

    Rick ROss cuz them to get drop

    BOSSS!!!!

  • E-Hustle

    You mean the same Officer Ricky that dropped 2 straight turds on the album charts? The same Ricky that couldn’t go gold on his last solo album?
    The same Ricky that his group Triple C’heese still have not sold 100k total?
    The same Officer Ricky that will get dropped after his next album due next month (that will get pushed back again) that will brick that will lead to his fraud ass getting dropped?
    The same Officer Ricky that Lloyd Banks single handedly slaugtered on “Officer Down”?
    The same Ricky that same those pictures were photo shopped to later get exposed by 50 Cent and then lead him to admit those pics were real?
    The same Officer Ricky that his boy Gun Play was just sniffing crack on youtube videos?
    Oh, okay, that Ricky… just wanted to make sure you were referring to the same one.

  • E-Hustle

    YO!

    You mean the same Officer Ricky that dropped 2 straight turds on the album charts? The same Ricky that couldn’t go gold on his last solo album?
    The same Ricky that his group Triple C’heese still have not sold 100k total?
    The same Officer Ricky that will get dropped after his next album due next month (that will get pushed back again) that will brick that will lead to his fraud ass getting dropped?
    The same Officer Ricky that Lloyd Banks single handedly slaugtered on “Officer Down”?
    The same Ricky that same those pictures were photo shopped to later get exposed by 50 Cent and then lead him to admit those pics were real?
    The same Officer Ricky that his boy Gun Play was just sniffing crack on youtube videos?
    Oh, okay, that Ricky… just wanted to make sure you were referring to the same one.

  • q461

    i’m callin it: 50 and the Unit to Def Jam.

  • Anonymous

    This dude is a straight moron.Ja Rule out rap 50 and his whole crew?Man check your damn head, Ja Rule destroyed his self, 50 just put the finishing touches on it, his crew came at Ja cus Ja came at Aftermath and Busta first.Which was the stupidest shit he could have ever done, every rapper on Aftermath/ shady has more talent in their little finger than he has in his whole body, including Yayo who is the weakest of the whole label.Face the facts and quit bein butt hurt cus your little girl got his skirt lifted up and got exposed for the fake ass wack rapper he was.

    They just stated the facts.Just like Em said they was just weeding out the fakes from the talent.And that they did successfully.He still hasnt made a come back and never will.Fans know a lame when they see one, same with fat ass Rick Ross, as you can tell he is on his way out too.

    Oh and yeah weezy still sucks.

  • t loke

    gay-o u should be lucky u got an advance for the second album. fucking looser. get out of 50s ass hole.

  • BiGSCREECH

    @q461 co-sign
    Sha money XL is now the president of Def Jam.

  • Crip

    Fuck the haters gunit is the best out ever.
    Even if tupac and biggie were alive the unit
    would of taken over.

  • Crip

    Fuck the haters gunit is the best group ever.
    Even if tupac and biggie were alive the unit
    would of taken over.

  • deuce53

    crip….i know u just saying that shit to get a rise outta ppl, ima just keep it pushin

    just like yayo shud do…its my bday yall, time to get chief’d! lolol

    i only commented this shit cuz of the blasphemy above me! yall be safe this weekend, 5-0 out in full force where im at

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      Happy born day deuce!

      Whenever you’re in Rip City holler @ me yo.

  • Avenger XL

    AWWWWW did the little weed carrier get dropped from the contract he only got by being dwon with 50? Come on son be happy you got two albums out with garbage truck juice yayo called music. Dude was laaaaammmmeeee! and one of the reason NY rap is having trouble keeping its identity. Fucking herb!

  • El Tico Loco

    Yayo should try to sign to Atlantic they can make any garbage ass rapper appear to be hot ask Gucci.

  • megulito

    lmao “we put out beamer benz or bently” when do we get paid??? ive never heard a track from this guy also why has no one asked for pun back?
    i miss ruff ryders the roc the wu murder ince and d12i miss flip mode hell its getting so bad i almost miss dipset

  • megulito

    lmao “we put out beamer benz or bently” when do we get paid??? ive never heard a track from this guy also why has no one asked for pun back?i miss ruff ryders the roc the wu murder ince and d12i miss flip mode hell its getting so bad i almost miss dipset

  • Kenny D

    Right now people are bunch of idiot and dickrhydahs. And this includes fans of the Cash Money and G-Unit camps. Who is the idiot that said Yayo was better than Ja Rule. No offense but Ja Rule was one of the illest and most talented artist before he started beefing with 50. And the only reason he went at Aftermath was because they were backing 50.

    As for 50 writing all of Game’s shit, the only songs he wrote the hooks for How We Do, Church for Thugs, and Hate It or Love It. That’s 3 songs. Snoop wrote the hook for Westside Story and 50 just hopped in and stole it from Snoop. Don’t believe, go listen to the original Westside Story with Snoop. And I didn’t hear 50 contribute on other good songs like Running, Put you on Game, Dreams, Start from Scratch, We Aint, or Where I’m From.

    As for Lil Wayne being talented, can anyone admit he sucks. The only reason why he sells is because white retards who don’t understand hip hop thinks his lyrics relate to them and they buy his shit. I would take anyone in the Unit (and that includes the extended roster) over Wayne except Spider Loc and Tony Yayo.

    And let me explain something else, the Unit released an album in 2003 under Interscope, meaning G-Unit has been with Interscope for 8 years, Banks and Yayo have been with Interscope individually for 7 years.

    And that idiot stuckfresh should go jump off a bridge cuz he’s an idiot to even think Wayne is better than Pac or Biggie. Wayne can’t even compare to what 50 has done. Get Rich or Die Trying and its single “In da club” would shit on any of the Carters. Name one Wayne song that even compares to “In Da Club”.

    • Stuckfresh

      I never said Wayne is better then Pac and Big! Thats Crazy to even joke like that! I said wayne is better then “Justin Beiber, Lindsay Lohan, Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, Diddy, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and your choice of any 3 “wack” rappers (there are just too many to list!) Gucci mane/ soulja boy/waka flocka” lil wayne could never make you fell the way they did! But wayne does go harder then 50! Check these hits out!
      1-”the mobb” 2-”Hustler Musik” 3-”The Heat” 4-”Hide out or Ride out” 5-”Wanye’s takeover 1 and 2″
      And by the way Wayne puts out new shit everyweek! And never says the same shit! 50 has to save his notes up to drop a hit! just put weezy in the booth and fire comes out! that why i say wayne is better then 50 and has been in the game longer then 50! Wayne might not rap the best per say but he is the best rapper!(videos,mixtapes,cash money,his crew,and tours!) right now he is the best!

    • phat sam

      50 cnt voice was on his first three singles,the only one on g unit to use 50 on his first three singles

  • Sureshot

    I dont mind Yayo as a person, he seems level headed and kool in this interview, however I don’t think he will ever sell records again…G-unit was at their all time high years ago, and everyone was selling platinum plus in the crew by using that hype. I think indie route is okay.. or 50 can jus bring back gunit as a group thing and sell like that.. Im jus being real.. Tony Yayo will be extreamly hard to sell..banks is at least younger, has more talent and a diff kinda voice..

  • will doby

    ITS YA BOY WILL DOBY WITH SOME REAL MUSIC CHECKOUT MYSPACE.COM/WILLDOBYMUSIC… I GOTTA GET HEARD SOMEHOW AND IM TAKING EVERY ANGLE THAT I CAN TO BE SUCCESSFUL

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=79722 jay

    Haute says:
    What’s wrong with mims?
    ______

    ill tell u wuts wrong with mims..HE SUCKSSSS!!
    he had one hot song and i actually(still sick about it) bought his album and eventualy returned it for 4 dollar store credit lmao..i listened to everysong and it was garbage albumm…
    and i agree i dont like this get money generation of rap either gucci tho is a gangsta rapper just from the south if u listen 2 his lyrics but wut gets to me is hes gotta talk about his chain in every fuckin song.. we kno ur iced up we c it now rap bout sum good shit but i been bumpin a lil gucci lately he bringin gangsta rap back just in a different sounding way

    • http://myspace.com/willdobymusic its ya boy Finish

      i’ll tell you whats wrong with mims he aint ya boy will doby this nigga is hot on the scene and everyone should checkout my boy myspace.com/willdobymusic he’s the truth i promise he’s about to get signed to a huge label hella soon

  • http://mozilla LI PUPU

    50 TALKD ALL DAT SHIT 4EVA BOUT INDEPENDENTS NOW THEY GOING DA INDY ROUTE. AINT NOBODY GO WANNA HEAR DAT SHIT THEN, KARMA A MUFUCKA AINT IT OLE SINGN AZZ NI@@A. THE MEDIA BRING YOU UP AND THEN THEY TEAR U DWN. GET EM BUCK. EVEN BANKS TRYN 2 SOUND LYK DA SOUTH

  • Teddy

    everybody looking…thats that weed talkin boi

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  • http://xxlmag.com Nick

    STUCK FRESH IS AN IDIOT
    STUCK FRESH IS AN IDIOT
    STUCK FRESH IS AN IDIOT
    STUCK FRESH IS AN IDIOT..

    PLZ XXL GO BACK TO ONLY SHOWING 5comments per post? im sick of seeing these gunit hating wayne fans.. we all know lil wayne has gay/unloyal fans that hop around saying different names everytime they are asked who their favorit erapper is… plz stfu…? GUNIT IS THE BEST TO HAVE COME OUT THE LAST 10 years… 50 cent was the best to have come out the last 10 years ><

  • http://xxlmag.com nick

    I dont get how you can say someone who makes a song called pussy juice is better then gunit.. & gunit is banks yayo & 50.. so dont just leave 50 out of it .. stupid fucks… you all know you listen to gunit & 50 cent.. and when either drops an album/mixtape you lil wayne fans are the first to download it.. hahahahah pathetic…… im just glad im a 50 fan.. because most wayne fans are too embarassed to say they like wayne/drake.. 2 different kinds of people in this world now.. wayne fans or gunit/em fans.. you cant be fans of both.. so take your pick.. 50/eminem or Lil Wayne .. who raps hella gay & doesnt even use full words.. he mumbles sounds togethor ><

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  • Kenny D

    nick, I agree with some of what your saying, but other stuff is kinda sad. Now Lil Wayne is a joke, but to divide it into Lil Wayne camps and G-Unit camps is kinda something a jr. high kid would do. Seriously, why can’t people like music because its good. I like some of 50′s music, but I agree he does come out with weak shit every now and then (half the songs on the Massacre and most of Curtis). One of my favorite rappers is Game, but I thought half the songs on LAX were garbage (especially the one with Raekwon). And Stuckfresh, what makes Lil Wayne so special? His lyrics? Cuz Fabolous, Chamillionaire, Lloyd Banks, Lupe Fiasco, and many more have way catchier lyrics than Wayne, yet he sells more. Maybe its the fact that he sounds like a baby when he raps and everyone thinks that cool cuz they’re a bunch of retards. My stance is most people who like Lil Wayne are bunch of retards with down syndrome, cuz 50 was right about one thing: Why the hell do people like Lil Wayne so much? He isn’t really doing anything except releasing tons and tons of garbage. He is very overrated.

  • LDN10

    No wonder GUNIT got drop their last ablum was wack.Ross Teflon don is going to be amazing.

  • Darryl Nururdin

    Shipped Gold and Selling Gold is different people. This whythe recoup money is always higher than the advance that these compnaies give these rapper, becasue it cost more to ship vs what comes in from sales. If I ship 500,000 at 11.99 a cd thats almost $6 million and sell 100,000 at a retail price f at least 12.99 or 9.99 for when the cd first com out thats some where near $1 million and 1.3 million who you think the record company is coming for. Lets not forget the production and that advance they gave you are in debit to them at least 5 albums unless they say fuck it you can’t make us any money and cut ties. Ever notice how some of these dudes production suck or jump on all the hot niggaas albums because they know they are going to need their assistance making their own albums cheaper. Gucci for instance

  • Darryl Nururdin

    Shipped Gold and Selling Gold is different people. This whythe recoup money is always higher than the advance that these compnaies give these rapper, becasue it cost more to ship vs what comes in from sales. If I ship 500,000 at 11.99 a cd thats almost $6 million and sell 100,000 at a retail price f at least 12.99 or 9.99 for when the cd first com out thats some where near $1 million and 1.3 million who you think the record company is coming for. Lets not forget the production and that advance they gave you are in debit to them at least 5 albums unless they say fuck it you can’t make us any money and cut ties. Ever notice how some of these dudes production suck or jump on all the hot niggaas albums because they know they are going to need their assistance making their own albums cheaper. Gucci for instance.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “Shipped Gold and Selling Gold is different people.”

    ^ truth

    The music stores buy these CDs @ wholesale price, thus shipping gold is STILL considered purchased units.

    Don’t forget the buy-back store strategy, and the give-away promotional CDs, these are counted too.

  • BeerGangsta

    Yayo been drop before he started to Rap. Fucker is garbage! I never heard a Gayo song. Keep ugly 50 dick out of your mouth.

  • Rogue

    BRING PROOF BACK AND TAKE ANYONE OF THESE CRAPY LISTES U WANT

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