Tony Yayo Says G-Unit Was Better "When We Didn't Have Any Money"

Tony Yayo says money is the root of G-Unit's problems.

Though 50 Cent has cited Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks' work ethics (or lack thereof) as the primary issue behind G-Unit's demise, Yayo has a theory of his own.

"You know what's crazy? It's like when we didn't have any money, things were better," explained the man who 50 Cent once said was taken care of in his will in an interview with MTV News. "When everybody got money, it's like things just went downhill, so it's like, I dunno, egos," he surmised.

Though Fif recently shot down the idea of a reunion, Yayo viewed it more positively. "I would love to see a G-Unit reunion. I would love to see me, Banks and 50 definitely onstage."

Yayo remained adamant that not having wealth was extremely pertinent to G-Unit's early unity. "When we were broke, and we didn't have a pot to piss in, we were all callin' each other's phones and that's the thing that just upsets me the most, and it makes me just want to say, 'Fuck Rap.'" he said.

"Loyalty is my biggest thing. 50 helped all of us eat. We all had mansions; we all had Bentleys; so if Fif is in a bad mood or feels a certain way that day, you just eat that. You learn to judge your friends for who they are."

G-Unit's last album was 2008's T.O.S.: Terminate on Sight. Over the years, 50 Cent has explained in many interviews that the lines of communication between him and his G-Unit compatriots have been severed.

Watch the interview below:

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77 Comments

  • Anonymous

    yayo is like a scarred rat. but at least someone like the game told 50 to go fuck himself when he got dissed by 50 at least he got the balls to stand up for himself not like these g unit toy soldiers banks and yayo, I mean im not even a big fan of The Game dude can rap but he bi-polar hates gunit loves gunit but you have to give him props for being a man and telling 50 fuck you steroid junkie!! 50 could call yayo a bitch who cant rap worth shit and yayo would just say oh 50 can say that and ill just swallow it is he talking about the insult or 50's dick!! YAYO YOUS A HOMO!!

  • Anonymous

    Fuck Yayo he 50's fuckboy

  • Anonymous

    YAYO SAID IF FIFTY'S IS IN A BAD MOOD AND SAYS SOMETHING BAD ABOUT YOU "YOU JUST EAT THAT" WHATS HE ON ABOUT 50'S DICK!! HA HA WHAT A PUSSY!! "MARVIN BERNARD(A.K.A TONY GAYO) BEGGING FOR FOOD ON THE YARD" NOW THATS SOME CLASSIC SHIT. WHAT KIND OF STUPID MOTHER FUCKA SAYS IT WAS BETTER WHEN YOU WAS FLAT BROKE ARE WE ALL SUPPOSED TO FEEL SORRY FOR YOU WHEN SAT IN UR BENTLEY WRITTING SHIT SONGS ALL DAY OR IN YOUR MANSION! FUCK YOU MARVIN YOU JUST 'GOT RICH AND STOPPED TRYIN' "MARVIN BERNARD BEGGING FOR MEATLOAF ON THE YARD" "WOULDN'T EVEN COME COME ON THE YARD CAUSE HE WAS SCARRED OF BANG EM SMURF" 50'S NO1 BITCH= TONY GAYO!!

  • N

    Meanwhile....50 still has his mansion and Bentley. So if Yayo "had" these things and no longer does then who's fault is that? 50 opened the door but them dudes refused to learn the business side of things and thus no Bentley and no mansion. Yayo sit down.

  • Shyne Is A Fag

    Guess what yayo, the unit is dead. You dont have shit anymore, so instead of bitching about it, start over.

  • Anonymous

    If Yayo or Banks work ethic was the same as 50's they would still be a crew.

  • paul

    told you guys before yayo,banks never mad the unit game and young bunk made g-unit and 50 but if you add snoop dog and young yeezy you would get the g-unit ever

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ Yet Game and his manager are begging for a reunion? GTFOH 50 made them all. Without 50 none of them would even be where they are at now. None of them would have been successful PERIOD!!!

    • AntJones

      Game killed G-unit when he was dissing them, when all those mixtapes was hot he was shiting on the group. Then Young Buck got his mind right and got the fuck outta there. 50 was trying to hold on long as possible cause he smart enough to know that G-unit wasent about to be shit.

  • Anonymous

    YUP..TYPICAL NEW YORK DUDES..WHEN THAT PAPER COME IN WATCHEM DIVIDE THEY OWN FAM..SAD NO WONDER NY AINT ON TOP IN HIP HOP SMFH

    • Anonymous

      STFU. There's unloyal soldiers in every camp. Money make you forget your purpose, once these dudes got the handouts from FIF they stop putting in work, the hunger was gone, they feeled as if they have "arrived". But the Industry is fickle, ontop one minute the bottom the next, that's why when you get your fifteen minutes you have to invest and not spend foolishy, instead of living in the "Mansion" he could have rented it out and allow it to pay for itself, with some extra for him to "Ball" on.

    • odgup

      Thats life though...keep it real

  • Anonymous

    Despite his otherwise nice vocal abilities, Yayo can't rap and a terrible hype man, but his loyalty are unquestionable. I'm still wondering what the reason behind this. Maybe he knows damn well that's his only shot to ever put his hands on considerable amount of money, or his friendship are real with 50? Either way, he is probably the highest peed weed carrier in the rap game, hope he invested that money damn well.

  • Anonymous

    He didn't mention Buck. In the words of Stephen A. Smith, "So disrespectful!"

  • Jamaica,Queens 113TH Street

    It's over dude, go get a job or something. Just..Just...Leave it alone.

  • Got Rich And Stopped Trying

    He mad.

  • Anonymous

    I guess this proves that G Unit were not the big drug dealers before rap, that they were claiming to be......lol

  • Yayo whadddd up

    Money always change shit but the unit were one the best ever from solo albums mixtapes all that shit classic stuff everywhere. My fav crews ever 1. The LOX 2. Wu-Tang Clan 3. G-Unit

  • Milehighkid303

    He's 100% correct. Dudes were HUNGRY in the late 90's and early 00's......WAAAAAY before Game/Buck were even thought of those tapes they have are ILL.....I could care less though cause I know none of them personally I will always be a G-Unit fan, just like I still love the LOX/WU... What's really sad is these three GREW UP around the corner from each other.....it's not like they met each other through the industry they really grew up in the same hood together....THAT'S what's really sad. Money/greed will imprision the loyalest at heart...

  • Babaaaaaaay!

    Maybe the Rule would consider forming a new group with G-Unit? He could teach them all how to rap and sing. You know, like really soulful and in touch with their emotions and feelings. Cause every thug needs a lady.....Babaaaaaaaaaaaay!

  • REALHIPHOP1984

    G Unit was at its best when they had no money b4 50 signd with shady/aftermath...them original G Unit mixtapes were the S#!T.... Even Tony Yayo was killin it on them mixtapes, they were at their best b4 Game or Young Buck were on G Unit

  • jstizz

    what yall think tony yayo worth? what about banks?

  • j-yung

    Happens to every group u name it bone thugs outkast, nwa, tribe called quest, wu tang its hard to keep longevity in the game and recreate yourself

  • Anonymous

    your opinion means nothing tony gayo

  • Anonymous

    g unit was better when 50 had money. tony yaya stop saying "we".cos u aint rich.u still driving 50s old hand me down benz from 2004. fuckin scrub.

  • truth

    Yayo is wack with or without money. Just a hanger-on to 50 since they grew up together, but he brings nothing to the table. 50 might hate Game and Buck, but at least they made him some bread.

  • jimmy

    its all about banks, theyre keepin it low key but 50 and banks deff aint seein eye to eye but banks aint a bitch so i dont expect osee him fuck wit buck n game

  • SamDonner

    Yayo is older that 50, so what good is a will to him?

  • Anonymous

    lol Yayo says: 50 helped all of us eat. We all had mansions; we all had Bentleys; So this bump is broke! Had, had, had.....

  • HABIJOE

    Buck & Game Made The G In The Unit But Banks, Yayo, And 50 Are Still Sick

  • Anonymous

    Money can change anyone and if you disagree your lying And Yayo and 50 grew up together so if your friend was in 50's position you wouldn't go along and enjoy all the benefits you would say no i wanna stay in the hood and sell dope. People just jealous smh

  • ziploc

    what kills me about the Yayo haters is that put in an similar position,you would have done the same thing..but you want to chastice the man for being loyal?..what part of the game is that?..talking bout he suck 50's dick..if you are employed,unemployed or just sitting at home working your fingers..he has accomplished more,seen more,done more in the last 10yrs them most of y'all will do in 5 lifetimes..but cracking jokes about a dude who got paid because he was loyal makes you feel good about yourself huh?..

  • J

    That's the worst fucking excuse I ever heard. Every rapper/ musician does it for money!!If yaho weren't so shit he wouldn't be saying nothing

  • Ayo4Mayo

    G-Unit was better when Yayo was in prison.

  • Anonymous

    real talk the thing with g unit was they became so successful so quick and made so much money so quick they achieved things in one year that most people will never achieve in a life time so the only thing left is to fall down

  • fuck them

    THEY SHOULDA NEVER GAVE YALL NIGGAS MONEY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    LOOOOL ALL THINGS FALL APART... RIP G UNIT 2003-2012 ...IT WAS GOOD WHILE THE RIDE LASTED

    • jimmy

      they almost lasted 10 years and your right all things do fall apart, nothing lasts forever, MMG hasnt even had a run and YM has drake n wayne, there wont be another g-unit, you should just appreciate what you were around to experience

  • 50 Cent

    Game killed the g-unit brand, there i SAID IT.

  • Ha

    Fiddy Cent is just a moody bitch who likes to run his mouth all the time.

  • Ricky Rozay

    What's the matter yayo? The snitch ass nigga won't let you suck his dick or kiss his ass. All the better cuz niggas know no one lookin for a gunit reunion. These niggas would end up goin triple wood doin shows at a bingo hall. Shit ain't 03 no more niggas can't get anyone to listen to there shut. 5.0 can't even get his own album out. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yayo

    My bitches trained like robots, they sniff coke, deep throat, and hold down glocks.

  • Anonymous

    fuk yayo wierd turtle headed freak. u are an unloyal piece of sh*t youve had your hand out the entire ride. only way u can redeem yourself is if u put ur BS aside and convince 50 to reunite with game and buck there will not be a reunion otherwise

  • BK

    this nigga 50 think he's Dr. Dre, this is the same dude who threatened to leak music from Detox because Interscope pushed his album back indefinetely. if anybody killed the careers of G-Unit it's 50 Cent. he's an egotistical grump who needs to be ahead of everybody. he was just shitting on these niggas the other day in a interview.

  • The Real Franchise

    say what you want about yayo lyrically but hes a soldier, I respect him a lot more for being a stand up loyal person, then some fake obese faggot making up or stealing stories and trying to pass them off as his real life, even if he is more lyrically talented.

  • BK

    50's big ego won't allow this reunion to happen.

  • Anonymous

    Tony Yayo was in the Major Distribution video and I saw pics of him shooting for the new 50 video with Kendrick Lamar and Kidd Kidd. Theres no beef between 50 the original NY G-unit...

  • Anonymous

    You rap to make it big and get outta the hood. Thats what all three of those guys did. Its a double edged sword. You could be piss poor with all the loyalty you want, or you could be rich and things change. Its nobodys fault really. Wish Gunit the best of luck

  • OUCH!

    g-unit was better when............there was no yayo, just banks,buck and 50

  • 3 headedmonstah

    im sittin here thinking real hard on yayo quote on you deal with some one , cuz they are the ones thats making you who you are. but then fif goes and gets mad at mayweather for doing the same thing.. i guess its different when you actually have money and dont have to listen. idk whats the beef with fif and banks, but i can see a album with banks, game and buck with ease.. and would be a banger. .

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