Tony Yayo Says Bun B, Twista On Next Album, Sha Money XL To A&R

Exclusive: 50 Cent's right hand man tells DX about his summer sophomore album, and why he respects friend/collaborator Cormega.

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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  • Nico 2

    Where's he touring, Iraq? His first album was a minimal success at best, and only because people still had an interest in G Unit. Now, without the hype and budget, his shit will flop.

  • SIP

    Yayo TOPF...wasnt whack at all..now i really dont know what people b listening to..but ..Predicate Felon is an underatted Album...for example..take away So Seductive n Pimpin...u still got ..Drama Setter, Tattle Teller,Live By the Gun..I know u dont love me,Thats that G-Shit, We Dont Give a Fuck bout U, ..n few more songs i cant think of top my head...it was very well written..very clever and I think ...it was a damn good Album..just underrated because by the time he released it..people were bootleggin heavily..n to think he sold 800,000+ Copies..and was under house arrest and didnt even tour...thats a sucess..I think tha album reached platinum by now..and even his recent mixtapes been hot..from S.O.D 2..SWINE FLU, PUBLIC ENEMY..they have all been well put together..its sad that he'z in tha shadow of a even bigger genius..but he doesnt mind..cuz when his boss makes money...he makes money 2...so i bet his album will be nice..and if i had im glad u guys just reminded me..i can buy GPG guru on itunes.so ill do that n b tha judge for myself....keep up the good work TONY YAYO.."Jah Ur stewart little..every other week im buyin a new pistol to put 6 thru ur hat of 7 and 3/8s..Irv u aint Suge Knight..ur Shook Knight..

  • RAPBOYUK(KILLA)

    look, i see the hate, its sad really, you cant call going gold a flop, just because he is in g unit and affiliated with 50 cent does not mean he is going to go diamond, redman is basically a gold artist, he is not a flop, ghostface is gold, is he a flop? No. You people are just thick, his new mixtape G.P.G made it to 12 on the I-TUNES charts, higher than some wack ass peoples albums, so dont even try to say he has no fans, no money, no career, ok, whatever, hes sold a few million, can tour with G-unit, earn a few hundred grand, drop an album, and earn his doe, you think people like eminem, 50 cent, cormega, bun b, twista, lloyd banks, ll cool j, mobb deep, m.o.p, obie trice, joe, maino, or alchemist would work with a wack rapper? no. even soulja boy has remixed his shit of g.p.g, and is getting thousands of views as we speak, more than any of you fucking broke cunts will ever get. HATE ME BECAUSE ITS TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • real talk

    shout out to yayo, yea yea he the best like khaled the fat idiot said, we taking over yayo is the future he the only 1 dat b true rite now, no1 understands him cause hes on another level, hes a step up from game, wayne and jay gun powder guru is the fuckin future

  • Starsgi

    Those Eminem & jay project ur talkin about were high budgeted jay's & ems album were the biggest marketed albums in the past 3-4 years. The labels won't open big budgets for those rappers, Labels nowadays will only Invest huge amount of money in projects of Eminem,Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Kanye west that's it, cause they can see the revenue.

  • JordanM91

    "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." Aint too much in record sales? Look, I know the industry might be fucked up right now, I know it might be a recession. I know technology might be fuckin up the industry. But BOTTOM LINE...If the music is good, recession or not, niggas will buy ur fuckin album. Sade has been out of the industry for YEARS, and she comes back and sells 400k or some shit FIRST WEEK! It aint a coincidence yall. Make good fucking music, and the shit will sell. Niggas is so lazy, and now u got ppl like wacka flacka sayin lyricists are broke. Well the 2 best selling rappers right now (Eminem and Jay-Z) also happen to be 2 of the very best lyricists in the game! Yea wacka, u stick with ur lil theory, and ur gonna be a no-name in a couple of years. Niggas like that just be thinkin about the short term. And thats y they aint gonna make it in the long haul, cuz nowaways no rappers are makin music wit a passion. Eminem is the most passionate rapper right now and thats y he gonna go down as a legend, and thats also y he still sellin like crazy, even after bein outta the game for 5 years. Rappers slackin nowadays, usin autotune, and then they wonder why there shit is floppin. It ain't quality music! 90's was the shit, because talent actually meant something. Now niggas like wacka flacka, gucci mane, oj da juiceman, plies, soulja boy, wayne, the whole Young Money label, they fuckin this shit up. But while they floppin, they aint realizin that there not gonna be relavent in a couple years. I'm done wit this rant, just had to get this shit out "Everybodys the king now. You aint gotta be nice, gettin shot is the thing now" - Jadakiss

    • six

      You right at sum points but you the biggest fuckin hater known to man Mr. Hip Hop critic! You want to hear something better why dont you do it bitch nigga!!

  • peter cottonmouth

    after 20 comments 1 positive yayo comment. hilarious!!!!! god hes terrible

  • Exodus615

    I only liked Pimpin cause Buck was in the video wildin HAHAHA yall need to download Buck new Mixtape G-Unit Nemesis shit fiyah no bull

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  • chicagorilla

    U CATS ON HERE SUCK YAYO IS NICE JUST BCUZ U DONT LIKE FIF THAT MEANS YAYO SUCK REALLY THEY HATE THEY HATE GET MIXTAPE SOD DOPE

  • ImFromDaSouth 239/404

    Twista and BUN B gone kill em on his on Track!! YAYo GARBABE

  • CAN'T....BAN......DUKE....... BOY

    I hate he got Twista on the album.............Twista is out of his prime

  • moh112

    sounds promising. thoughts of a predicate felon was ass.

  • mr.gimik

    MAKIN ENOUGH MONEY PIMPIN HOES IN STYLE BLEEEEEEEEEEEEK would merk all them

  • deesure

    yayo and his bull shit idea.

  • The World Wind

    It doesn't make a difference who yayo put on his album - it will still be lousy. He had 50 on his joint when 50 was red hot and the joint was still garbage.

  • C-Arson

    Who's better? Tony Yayo, Spiff Starr, Memphis Bleek, or Lil' Cease?

    • Drucifer1983

      Spliff starr, cause he was the only one smart enough to realise he'll never be more than a hypeman, and didnt embarass himself with an album

  • C-Arson

    Twista, Bun B, and Lloyd Banks featured on the album Sweet! so there is going to be 3 good verses on a whole album. how pathetic.

  • Drucifer1983

    This guy lives in a fantasy world.........Nobodies paying for tickets to see yayo live unless 50's on the bill..........Talking bout "So Seductive" was a big hit record, lo, no it wasnt, actually Yayo's album was the first official G U FLOP and things been goin downhill ever since........

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