News: Tony Yayo Bypasses DJ Whoo Kid For New Mixtape, "I Had To Go W/ Gangsta Grillz"
Monday, Aug 24, 2009 5:30PM
G-Unit's Tony Yayo recently spoke on evolving his mixtape profile by linking with Atlanta's DJ Drama for their new mixtape, Gangsta Grillz: Gangsta Paradise.
In addition to paying homage to the South's overall appeal, the "Talk of New York" explained why he decided to go with Drama instead of the Unit's DJ Whoo Kid for this project.
"You hear my mixtapes on ThisIs50.com and you hear them with DJ Whoo Kid," Yayo said in an interview. "I wanted to go out of my element this time. It was like, 'Who should I go to? DJ Drama.' Atlanta is poppin', New York City's poppin', everywhere is poppin' -- but I had to go to Gangsta Grillz. [Drama] paved the way for a lot of artists. He's the hottest DJ to go to. Shout out to Whoo Kid, but I did this one with Drama this time...Real recognize real. I've been dropping a lot of mixtapes on my own, learning from 50. I think I'm starting to get the game mastered. It takes some time. Swine Flu, Swine Flu 2: Tha Pandemic, Public Enemies. Now I got Gangsta Paradise. Reason I call it Gangsta Paradise is because the gangstas in Queens call it 'gangsta's paradise.' Brooklyn is the jungle." (MTV)
Yayo's partner in rhymes, 50 Cent, has also been releasing free music as of late.
"I'm pressing the re-start button man," Fif said in an interview earlier this summer. "I need a record deal, anybody that'll sign me? We gonna go to the second mixtape, the next mixtape will be out July 3rd, it's called Forever King, I'll put another one out right after. War Angel, that's out now. I don't care, I just wanna make music. Sometimes I get in pocket, where I'm in a good space creatively and I can write anything. I wrote four records just last night. Like I've been up for almost 43 hours." (Radio Planet TV)
Drama recently found himself in a war of words with Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy over published accusations made in an XXL Magazine interview.
"After reading Jeezy's unprovoked insults in that XXL article, it seems like the guy's pretty emotional if u ask me!," Drama wrote in a statement on Friday (July 31). "Now I've never spoken on our issues because I believe grown man business is just that, and running to the media to whine is not my thing...I never charged Jeezy for nuthin'. I did 2 Slick Pulla tapes (4th Ward Day, Election Day) for free and a Bloodraw tape (The Indictment Papers) for free. Anything Jeezy ever needed from me, I did without hesitation. He doesn't want to deal with the real reason why he's mad...The tension between us actually started when I deejayed his USDA release party (FOR FREE) and I played a Gucci Mane record. He stormed out of his own party and didn't speak to me for about 2-3 months. Me being a DJ, I was just rockin' the crowd and giving the people what they had been requesting. I don't get involved in that other stuff...I could go deeper into his angry reaction to me working with Gucci but, again, I'm a stand-up guy. I'm loyal to those who are loyal to me." (Rap Radar)
Yayo, in an attempt to make his "hood" presence known, recently teamed up with fellow Queens, New York rapper Cormega for a filmed tour through their home borough.
"Queenbridge, Cormega, tell 'em where we at," Yayo says in the video. "You don't see Nas out here. August 13th, everything free. Come out here. Lamar Odom, Floyd Mayweather is gonna be here. That's how I roll. When you're in the hood you gotta be extra careful. They say I'm never in the hood, well, I'm in the hood. They always say I'm in the hood. I'm in the hood with Cormega and you already know what it is. New mixtape coming out this week, Public Enemies." (ThisIs50)
Check out one of Tony Yayo's mixtape videos below: