News: Tony Yayo On 50 Cent's Forbidden Performance, "The Mayor & Fif Had A Convo" [Video]
Thursday, Aug 20, 2009 4:55PM
G-Unit's Tony Yayo has confirmed reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke with 50 Cent and as a result the rapper will not hit the stage for his Queens, New York-based "Family Day" event.
In addition to speaking on the conversation, the "Talk of New York" also said the event allegedly cost 50 roughly $500,000.
"[Mayor Bloomberg] was just saying he spoke to 50 and he agreed there's not gonna be a performance," Yayo said in an interview. "So him and Fif had a coversation about it, you know I can't get at the mayor. I don't even wanna say anything bad about him [laughs] I might get pulled over when you leave outta here. But I don't know man, 50's big. 50's bigger than life. This is the first time it's been done. Rumor is he spent over a half a million dollars on this, amusement park rides, I know he got about 30 buses for Great Adventures on [August] 29th, the kids are getting booked. So to me, it's a positive thing, it's giving back." (MTV)
Bloomberg released a statement earlier this week announcing 50's withdrawal from possibly performing.
"Our understanding after talking with 50 Cent is he has no plans to perform whatsoever. He might go, but he's not going to perform," Mayor Bloomberg said in an interview. (New York Post)
According to early reports, the event will be heavily guarded for the protection of Fif and the people attending.
The planned appearance has sparked concerns from local authorities, who have recruited an "army of cops" to shut down the area, fearing violence will break out if a shooter takes aim at Jackson. There will be "hundreds" of cops - including officers from special gang units - who will be present. Community Board 12 manager Yvonne Reddick says, "The concern is the [lack of] manpower. That's a lot of people. The park is surrounded by a residential community." (Contact Music)
Former Unit associate Bang Em Smurf recently said 50's event was a sign of his popularity declining.
"I'm bringing things back to South Jamaica Queens," Smurf said in a video. "Giving back to the hood, like I've been doing for years. It took 50 and them n*ggas six years to try to give back to the hood now. You know why? 'Cause they're going down. So now they trying to get back to the hood when they finished. So they wanna start taking the hood to motherf*cking Great Adventures...I been doing that for years. Now they giving back to the hood 'cause they finished. You see 50 don't got a [record] deal or the G-Unit don't got a deal in other words. These n*ggas going down. It's a universal law, what goes around comes around. I read a lot of books, that's universal law. The same people you sh*t on, on your way up, you gotta see them on your way back down. And I'm just waving at these n*ggas 'cause I'm on my way up...I just wanna shout-out 50 too because you the reason I'm in the situation I'm in right now. This sh*t is chess, not checkers. I learned that from you too. That one stupid move you made, you know what I'm talking about." (Hip Hop Beef)
"Family Day" will reportedly take place in Queens, New York on Sunday, August 29th.
Check out Tony Yayo's interview below: