News: Tony Yayo Recalls Being Dropped From Interscope, "It Was A Crushing Thing"
Friday, May 14, 2010 5:25PM
G-Unit's Tony Yayo revealed how he reacted to getting dropped from Interscope Records last year.
The "Talk of New York" claimed he managed to receive some finances for unreleased work.
"When we got dropped from Interscope it was like, 'Aww, man,'" he said in an interview. "It was like you know a crushing thing. You know, when you used to being on top and now you feel like, for me, you're feeling like you on the bottom...When I got dropped, I'm not gonna front. I was a little down about it. It's not like it was because of the money, because Interscope, they advanced me for my second album. So I got money that I didn't even deserve...but it's just the whole thing of being dropped and everybody looking at you." (XXL Mag)
Earlier this year, Yayo accused the company of blackballing G-Unit.
"I feel like Interscope was trying to blackball me," Yayo explained in an interview. "But to each's own, man, like, when T.O.S. came out, I felt like it was a classic album, T.O.S., but I felt like, a lot of stuff I was starting to learn about the [rap] game, like, why wasn't our album up two weeks ahead of time on iTunes? You know what I'm saying? It feels like there's always something messed up, I felt the office up here, G-Unit, was doing more work than Interscope. That's why I feel like I was getting blackballed." (True Stories Radio)
Lloyd Banks previously explained why he broke away from Interscope Records.
"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)
According to Yayo, 50 Cent will be releasing his upcoming solo project.
"Everybody all knows, me and [Lloyd] Banks are not on Interscope anymore," Yayo explained in an interview. "We're not on a major anymore. Me and Banks are dropping two albums in the summer independently, through a deal that 50 [Cent] is conjuring up for us. It feels good to know that I have no red tape put on anything...If I had to deal with Interscope, I'd have to deal with the label and they'd have to sign off. Now I can do what I want. It's exciting to work with new guys. Some of these kids shooting video are [teenagers]. It's new energy. A lot of these labels need new energy - people who are willing to bust they butt, go in and do what they've got to do." (Hip Hop DX)
Check out Tony Yayo speaking on Interscope Records below: