News: 50 Cent On Tony Yayo & Lloyd Banks' Upcoming Releases, "We'll Find A Way To Put Them Out"
Monday, Dec 14, 2009 4:05PM
G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently talked about the rap careers of his crew, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, saying their buzz is still present despite not releasing solo albums in over three years.
According to Fif, the rappers are also no longer signed to Interscope Records.
"Just the presentation. Just the project, to put an album out," 50 said about re-igniting his camp's buzz. "When you say... Really, how do you fall out of the public eye? Because you don't have any material that's being marketed and promoted. See, they didn't lose their base we initially created, G-Unit; when we go touring, you see the three of us consistently. It's just the relaunch, and to reestablish those albums that don't have no holes in them. We have to work on those projects as hard as we work on the 50 Cent project. Well, no [they're not on Interscope]. And it's a blessing that it's not still yet, because the building has changed. Interscope is a system that's in a different space. A lot of companies are in different spaces, they got rid of 60-percent of their staffs. So you don't know exactly what all those things are. But we'll put their projects together and find a way to put them out." (XXL Magazine)
Searching for a new record deal, Banks recently weighed in on the issues he had with the company responsible for his first two solo projects.
"I was ready to make a move," Banks said about leaving the powerhouse label. "I'm a brand-new engine. If anything, it's their loss. It's been a dark shadow cast upon that. That's why you hear [Funkmaster] Flex on the radio [boycotting Interscope], because it's an aura created around that machine, and the artists automatically get smacked in the head...I felt it's time for me to go somewhere where it's not biased and I get a fair shot. There's a lot of stuff on the table right now. You don't wanna speak about it until it gets ironed out all the way...Everything happened for a reason. I feel like I'm so blessed because of my work ethic and how easy the music is coming to me. It feels so good to be an independent artist with a brand. I have direct deals with iTunes and things of that nature, where it's direct money coming to me. It's 50 percent of me that's not pressed to be on a major. (MTV)
His last two solo projects both landed within Billboard's Top 5 in their opening weeks.
In 2004, Banks' debut disc, The Hunger for More, opened at No. 1 on Billboard's albums sales chart, with week-one sales around 433,000 scanned discs and it ended up spending a second-straight week atop its competition, selling close to 164,000 units. In 2006, his sophomore album Rotten Apple, with first-week sales totaling close to 143,000, fell more than 40,000 albums short of a chart-topping repeat and settled instead for the chart's No. 3 position. (Billboard)
G-Unit producer Sha Money XL previously gave his views on Interscope.
"Honestly, G-Unit is going through a new phase right now and Interscope right now is not the best home for them," Sha said in an interview. "It's a point in time where employees and everybody just not ethused enough to making things move forward and the staff...honestly, everybody rode off the G-Unit wave. They didn't have to f*cking work, we f*cking created the wave and they rode it. So soon as it's time to work and they gotta show and prove, ain't nobody show and proved and f*cking getting radio and nobody doing what they gotta do 'cause it's a f*cking c*ck sucking industry, aight? So everybody rode the wave and now we're sitting here wondering what the f*ck is wrong with Interscope. They never had to f*cking work in the beginning, I'm sorry Jimmy [Iovine] but it's the truth. Get better f*cking employees." (The Urban Daily)
Check out a recent Tony Yayo interview below: