G-Unit‘s Tony Yayo recently spoke on his reasons for keeping security–as well as bullet proof vehicles and vests–with him as he travels throught the nation on tour.
While claiming his hometown of New York is fairly safe, the “Talk of New York” pointed out the risks he encounters daily when traveling to nationwide venues.
“When you go to a club, sh*t is crazy,” Yayo explained in a video. “I done been to Cincinatti, Philly, Baltimore, Washington D.C., you go to them places and you do them little club venues, for you artists, you could get shot. In the middle of Manhattan, somebody will shoot, but not like in the middle of Baltimore or Philly…Me, I don’t sleep on nowhere, I could be in f*cking Alaska and there’s shooters out there too…A n*gga could say ‘I don’t need no vest, I don’t need no bulletproof’ it’s because you’re not relevant. You’re not relevant. I’m quite aware of what somebody would do to me for [my watch] out here. Or this little pinky ring…I gotta watch how I move, I ain’t no stupid n*gga.” (Hip Hop Stan)
Rap newcomer Drake recently performed at a concert which erupted in gunfire.
Just after 4 a.m. police responded to the area around the House of Blues on Saturday (May 16) morning. More than 1,000 people had gotten out of a show at the concert venue about that time, so crowd control was also a factor. Police found the victim shot in the buttocks. The House of Blues was host to the rap acts Drake and Sly Polaroid for a show that began at 11:30 p.m. Friday. (WBBM News)
A man was also fatally shot following an E-40 concert this year.
Terry Gaines Jr., 22, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Colorado Springs police officers were helping with crowd control at Mr. Biggs, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd. in northwest Colorado Springs, as people poured into the parking lot after a show by E-40, a Bay Area rapper. Shortly after midnight police reported hearing gun shots, according to a news release. They found the victim shot and sitting in a silver sedan. Some officers tried to resuscitate the man until emergency crews arrived. Others began stopping vehicles on Mark Dabling. (Gazette)
Rappers have also fallen victim to gun violence including D12‘s Proof and Akon‘s artist Dolla.
According to his publicist, Sue Vannasing, she said Dolla was shot in the head around 3:10 p.m. while he and another rapper, DJ Shabbazz, waited in the Beverly Center mall area after shopping. About two hours later, Los Angeles police detained a “person of interest” as he attempted to board a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport. The man allegedly drove his silver Mercedes SUV from Beverly Center to the airport. Vannasing said Dolla had gotten into an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it’s unclear if that was related to the violence. (Sun Sentinel)
Check out Yayo’s interview below: