New York rapper Lloyd Banks has said G-Unit‘s new record deal is nearly complete and might cause problems for other artists.
The “Punch Line King” did say fans could expect to hear new records from him in the weeks to come.
“We gonna let the [“Beamer”] remix bubble through Memorial Day weekend,” Banks said in an interview. “They can also expect a new record from Tony Yayo as well. We gotta make this a G-Unit summer..We’re very close [to a label deal]. So close I want to tell you something now, but I don’t want to ruffle no feathers…I don’t want to get anybody nervous. It’s gonna complement what we been doing, the hard work we been doing. It’s gonna give us the international platform.” (MTV)
Tony Yayo recently spoke on being released from Interscope Records last year.
“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)
Last March, Banks talked about the advantages of rolling as an independent artist.
“This is my year. That’s the other thing. When you are working independent, you can decide when…sometimes when you are working for a label, they put you on that time clock. Sometimes, things can get forced. We’ll see in the very near future, it’s a very smart option [for G-Unit to go independent.] Based on the response that I’ve gotten from ‘Beamer, Benz of Bentley,’ the artist is more powerful than you think…When I did the, ‘Officer Down’ – the response to Rick Ross – it was already 700 – 800 thousand free download before we even made the deal with iTunes. Before they approached me and I still sold 60 or 70 thousand.” (All Hip Hop)
Check out Tony Yayo speaking on Interscope Records below: