G-Unit‘s Tony Yayo has addressed former labelmate Olivia‘s time on 50 Cent‘s artist roster and shared his view of the singer costing his boss millions of dollars.
According to the “Talk of New York,” 50 had a right to be upset about spending roughly $2 million on Olivia during her 2003 to 2007 G-Unit run.
“Shout-out to Olivia, I don’t got nothing against her, she’s a pretty girl,” Yayo said in an interview. “But what label do you know that’s gonna give a n*gga $4 million? In this day and age? And you didn’t sell anything? I could see if you sold five million records, and then the label says we’re gonna give you [a certain amount], she didn’t sell any records at that period of time for 50 to spend $4 million over her so he’s basically saying he spent $2 million on something that didn’t lift off yet. Would you spend $4 million on something that’s not guaranteed yet? And another thing you have to remember too is with female artists, it’s totally different on the road than for the male artists. If I have a regular male artist, all I have to do is get him regular sh*t…Woman [artist], you gotta have her feet done, nails done, eyebrows done, you got makeup for hours before the show — so it’s more maintenance.” (Fobez DVD)
50 previously said Olivia used her finances as if she where an R&B superstar.
“Yeah, that was a loss,” Fif said about investing in Olivia’s G-Unit run. “The problem you get with female solo artists is they look, their game is really small. So they look at it and say, it’s Beyonce, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole but when you have an African American female solo artist, she sees where she fits immediately. Problem is, they spend financing like those artists at that point, having the set-up, the make-up artist, the stylist, those different things but when you don’t have a record that connects fast enough, you’ll accumulate a tab like a motherf*cker. And you look around like ‘You spent $2 million on this sh*t and have me compromising myself at certain times.’ See, I made sacrifices for other artists that I don’t think people acknowledge them. Don’t get f*cked up, when I’m doing the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ soundtrack, I know I’m supposed to be doing ‘I’ll Whip Your Head Boy,’ and I’m doing ‘If I Was Your Best Friend,’ because I’m already two million in the hole on the actual project. I already spent all this paper moving around doing all this other sh*t that I gotta keep that in a position where I can potentially sell it.” (All Hip Hop)
Last month, the singer justified her high maintenance costs.
“I mean, I’m worth it,” Olivia suggested in an interview. “You should have spent four [million]. I’m just saying, if you have an R&B artist and you’re used to dealing with a whole bunch of rappers who all you have to do is get up and put on a sweat suit, like, come on. That’s not fair. I’m a girl, like you said, I’m beautiful, I don’t wanna OD and be extra cocky, but come on. There’s a lot of stuff that comes with having an R&B artist, so, what’s the problem? He can afford it. I’m your artist, you love me, you gonna take care of me, you gonna take care of all your other artists so why is it a big deal for me? I don’t know what he spent, but the point is you’re supposed to be taking care of your artists. Why would you even want to throw out a number or whatever you’re doing. It’s not that serious.” (Forbez DVD)
The singer is currently working on her new album, Show the World.
If you’ve been wondering what songstress Olivia Longott has been up to after branching off from G-Unit, then here’s the scoop. The Blond Bombshell has been touring overseas in Africa where she has made quite a name for herself. Olivia has successfully tried her hand in acting, with two movies under her belt, Peephole andConspiracy X. She is currently gearing up to release her first solo album, titled Show the World, under the management of music mogul, Rich Dollaz of Dollaz Unlimited. Collaborations are said to include Missy Elliot, Ne-Yo, Bryan Michael Cox, Rockwilder and a possible duet with Betty Wright. (Hip Hop Weekly)
Check out Tony Yayo speaking on Olivia below: