New York rappers Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks have the Internet sizzling this week courtesy of new footage of them touring in French Guiana and representing the G-Unit brand.
Although the “Talk of New York” avoided shouting out estranged group leader 50 Cent, he made sure to name-drop G-Unit.
“What’s up Guiana? This is my first here, happy to be here, French Guiana,” Yayo said in an interview. “New York to Miami and Miami to here. It’s my first time in French Guiana. I’m used to just saying Guiana. French Guiana, what’s up? … We here. G-Unit’s in the building. Shout-out to Lloyd Banks. Tony Yayo. Yeah!” (SLM Street)
The “Punchline King” also spoke on traveling overseas and how much it meant to embrace with his international fans.
“This is my first time in French Guiana,” Banks added. “First of all, I’m excited to be here. I’m probably just as excited as they are to see me here. It’s a dream for me. I’ve wanted to do this since I was ten-years-old, so, for me to go to new places everyday, I get to go home to my people and tell them where I’ve been. So it’s an accomplishment for me.” (SLM Street)
Discussing Yayo last month, Fif said his longtime pal had come to rely on him for too much.
“I just shot 13 music videos for Animal Ambition,” Fif said in an interview. “With Ya, I put him in like 4 of the joints – I think some people are like milk. They have an expiration date. No matter what you do, they’ll spoil after awhile. What I’m saying to you is I’ve done a lot for them. Being personable with people, they’ll feel like that homeboy code – ‘You got it, so you should give it to me,’ versus what makes sense. If you don’t sustain your value in the marketplace, I gotta pay you the market rate.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Curtis Jackson also talked about his distanced relationship with Banks.
“I do have to take a look at myself and in Banks’ case, I can be considered a little inconsiderate because I didn’t have those different things in my life. When his father passed, he crossed his arms and was like there until I came to get him. Then you heard ‘Beamer, Benz, Bently’ and then you saw the videos before that were saying, ‘Directed by 50 Cent.’ I’m not a video director. I had to go get the boy out his room to go shoot the videos. If you don’t believe that, go look at his last Cold Corner tapes and no videos. You see what I’m saying?” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Check out 50 Cent’s interview: