50 Cent provides an explanation why his time with former G-Unit members Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks has run its course.
Regarding Tony Yayo specifically, 50 Cent says that his former associate did not evolve. “I’ve done a lot for him to the point that being personable with people they’ll feel like that homeboy code, guy code type of energy,” says 50 Cent, who says that he edited Tony Yayo out of most of his appearances in the video for “Hold On.” “They’ll be like, ‘You know what? You got it so you should give it to me,’ versus what makes sense. If you don’t sustain your value in the marketplace, I got to pay you the market rate.”
Given that he has fallen out with several of his former friends, 50 Cent says that he makes a point to evaluate his own actions.
“I do have to take a look at myself,” he says. “In Banks’ case, I could be considered a little insensitive at some points because I didn’t have those different things in my life. When his father passed, he went home and he just was like, he crossed his arms and was like just there until I came to get him. Then you heard ‘Beamer, Benz or Bentley.’”
50 Cent also discussed the evolution of Puff Daddy during his interview with The Breakfast Club.
“Puff is an excellent entertainer, not an artist,” 50 Cent says. “He can say [his lyrics]. He didn’t write it. He’s not going to convince any of us that he wrote it. It was a part of his actual marketing. ‘Don’t worry ‘bout if I write rhymes. I write checks.’ For me, I look at it and I go, ‘OK. But now you can’t tell us that you singing the song like that, ‘cause that’s why we got rid of Milli Vanilli.’ We cross the lines, it get really interesting. We said that wasn’t cool. Now we’re saying it’s cool.”