HIPHOPDX.COM Interview With Tony Yayo....Says Bun B, Twista On Next Album, Sha Money XL To A&R

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In late 2009, Tony Yayo, along with Juelz Santana was instrumental in bringing together two of the bigger Hip Hop brands in G-Unit and The Diplomats. 50 Cent's right hand man dating back to the '90s explained to HipHopDX last week, how in that same year, he also stressed a union with one of the more respected underground Hip Hop emcees of his Queens burough, Cormega. The two made "Streets Keep Callin' Me," a video collaboration.

"With Cormega, I've always been a fan of his music," said Tony Yayo to DX "I feel like he was one of the guys that didn't get a fair deal with Def Jam. He got locked up, plus The Firm situation with Nas and all that; I always followed his career. One of my favorite records from him was 'Dead Man Walking,' 'Angel Dust' was another one for me. I always liked the beats he picked and street-edge he had. Then I followed the way he went the independent route. He was one of the first artists to really be successful going the independent route, and make money off of it." Besides artistic craft, he's a hometown favorite of the G-Unit rapper. "He's fire. He's definitely a Queens representative."

Yayo continued, on how the two reformed hustlers have parallels within the streets. "I remember meeting him a long time ago, through one of my partners in the hood. A lot of the people he has in the streets, I know too - like my friend Dead Eye, shouts to him. He's an artist from Far Rockaway; he's locked up right now. You know when an artist is really in the streets. I try to keep myself humble and grounded in the streets. I don't ever want to lose that."

Additionally, Tony Yayo revealed details on his forthcoming official sophomore solo album, due on a to-be-announced label this summer. Tony revealed, "I was talking to David Banner. He said, 'The best thing for you, Yayo, is to make tour music. That's where the money's at. Ain't too much in the record sales. I just want to make tour music and music being me, and music that's gonna get me ahead. I have a joint with Twista that I worked on; Sha Money XL co-A&R'd the project. I got a joint with Bun B. I'm just going in different directions, making records people don't think I can make. People are used to the street element from me, but you gotta remember 'So Seductive' and 'Pimpin'' are my biggest records." Although he'll be doing it without Interscope, Yayo says the blueprint remains the same. "It's all about makin' them big hit records. That's the direction I'm going for."


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Comment by Jesse on February 28, 2010 at 6:23pm
Relly go back to and suck games d*** some more bud
Comment by Chill ling on February 28, 2010 at 1:03am
We represented with the Yayo joint
Comment by red raider on February 27, 2010 at 8:32pm
yall n***** gotta be huffing paint out of a bag if u think any of yayo solo projects have been dope!! or any ever will
Comment by Mylesahead on February 27, 2010 at 5:47pm
yayo skinny or what
Comment by on February 27, 2010 at 4:40pm
Comment by Doc on February 27, 2010 at 4:29pm
nice skinny jeans yayo.
Comment by MR TOP NOTCH on February 27, 2010 at 2:47pm
Do it Yayo, Banks all this is a good look for G Unit 50 quiet probibly shooting movies well f** that I need music
Comment by Reno on February 27, 2010 at 11:47am
it's Good And i'm excited as f*** that Yayo and Banks are FINALLY puttin out albums But i'm Really Lookin for that Next G-Unit Album! When is that Gonna Be? either That or Put 50 and Banks on ya Album Yayo! But think bout it, If they Put another G-Unit Album out This Year and 50 calms down a Lil' Bit on That acting thing This Will Be a G-Unit YEAR n****!i kind of already Think it is gonna Be.
Comment by Flawless on February 27, 2010 at 11:08am
Jheez Cant Wait For Dat Album....G-Unit 2010 N Beyond!!
Comment by jay rock da ☆ on February 27, 2010 at 10:51am
wat lloyd banks is the s*** so get out his tolite

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