SOHH Whatcha Think: 50 Opens Up About Current Relationship With Banks & Yayo

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 10:28AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

It's safe to say The Unit has seen better days: Gone are the infectious radio singles, high budget music videos and well-publicized rap feuds. Seems that nowadays, the Unit is running of fumes, grabbing a couple of dope features where they can, but mostly, just looking on as a new age of hip hop fills their Reebok endorsed shoes.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

Through it all, Fif has remained Fif. That is to say, he's never held back his thoughts when prompted, and he's once again made good on that rep, telling Big Boy that G-Unit rappers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo need to make their own mark. Yes. This was said recently. In 2012.

50 Cent still has plenty of love for his G-Unit brothers, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. He just thinks that "they need to get themselves together." And he's partially blaming himself for it.(XXL)

Although he admits to sorta babying the artists for a bit too long, he told Big Boy those days are over, and that they need to begin handling their own business affairs, because, in the words of Sweet Jones, "Ain't nobody got time for that."

The G-Unit general made that point clear on a recent appearance on Big Boy's Neighborhood. "I've enabled them to a point where they feel like they don't have to do anything," 50 began explaining about Banks and Yayo. "I end up doing their job, too." "They haven't had a manager," he added. "I've been managing them for their entire careers. That $8.7, $9 million a piece. I did that for them. I'm telling them since the top of last year, 'Yo you got to find managers.'"(XXL)

The G-Unit leader recently dropped his project, the half mixtape, half album 5: Murder By Numbers, which, at one point, was reported to be a full retail album, yet was given away for free via the internet. My how times have changed.

50 Cent's 5: Murder By Numbers arrives to the Rap community's inbox under dubious circumstances. Despite the fact that Fif has heavily intimated that the album is supposed to be his final release for Interscope, the Queens emcee found himself releasing it for free, claiming that it was simply a release planned to sate fans' appetites before his proper fifth and final album for Interscope. You know, the album that's not going to be called 5. It's just as well, given that Interscope didn't do much, if any, promo, as Jimmy Iovine seems hell-bent on keeping 50 on his roster until Fif delivers an album worthy of some fanfare.(HHDX)

Say what you will about Mr. Cent, but he'll never admit defeat and pushes his artists to work hard and build their own thing. But, in 2012, has Fif's words come too late to be effective for guys like Banks and Yayo?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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