G-Unit‘s Tony Yayo has decided to follow in 50 Cent‘s footsteps by venturing into the film industry and launching of his own website, RockStarGroupie.
In addition to the Internet and movies, the “Talk of New York” is also planning to start his own restaurant.
“I’m working on my website, RockStarGroupie, because I’m seeing the finances that guys like Vlad are generating, and 50 and endorsements and I see all kinds of big things happening” Yayo said in an interview. “I’m working on RockStarGroupie the website, been working on that for a while, I’m working on Purple Heart clothing line, I got a partner on that…I actually want to open up my own restaurant, so I’m actually working on that…And I’m looking to get into one of those movies, shouts-out 50, put me in one of those movies man! You cut my part in [Before I] Self Destruct, it’s cool…I haven’t had an album in five years, and financially, it’s nothing to complain about… gives us the opportunity to go out and get money, a lot of n*ggas don’t have that. Like, when you see the situations like Jay-Z and [Beanie] Sigel — or Fat Joe and Remy Ma, I remember Remy used to complain, ‘Yo, this n*gga’s giving me a thousand dollars,’ what kind of sh*t is that?” (Vlad TV)
50 recently spoke on the advantages of taking an artist’s marketing online.
“As far as the Internet is concerned, it’s so new that the younger kids can take better advantage,” Fif explained in an interview. “Soulja Boy is one of the guys that is more open-minded to the Web, and he’ll go there immediately…I watched and learned from people like him. From my perspective, what the mixtape circuit was is now a viral video…When I make material and I see it be viewed a million times, I know that I pleased a small demographic that watched it so often that there’s a million views. Or a broad demographic of people are drawn to it. I feel good either way… As [the Internet] changes and there’s new applications and new things involved with the site, I learn that right away. That makes me comfortable…The kids, the new age group, the new kids are more perceptive of computers. They don’t have to have the experience of going to purchase your CD or going to see your movie.” (XXL Mag)
No longer on Interscope Records, Yayo recently talked about his independent hustle.
“If I was still on Interscope, I would say I would probably have to wait a long process to get my mixtape on iTunes,” Yayo explained to DJ Green Lantern. “And now my mixtape’s on iTunes, go pick it up — I get my bread faster instead of waiting on the label to make moves for me. Them days is dead…We’re gonna drop these independent records this summer, it’s more money for me anyway, so, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s the do it yourself [era]. Eh yo, all those Hype Williams days are over. N*ggas used to spend half a million for a video. Now — my videos are done in five minutes.” (DJ Green Lantern TV)
According to the rapper, new G-Unit solo releases are set to drop in the summer.
“Everybody all knows, me and [Lloyd] Banks are not on Interscope anymore,” Yayo explained in an interview. “We’re not on a major anymore. Me and Banks are dropping two albums in the summer independently, through a deal that 50 [Cent] is conjuring up for us. It feels good to know that I have no red tape put on anything…If I had to deal with Interscope, I’d have to deal with the label and they’d have to sign off. Now I can do what I want. It’s exciting to work with new guys. Some of these kids shooting video are [teenagers]. It’s new energy. A lot of these labels need new energy – people who are willing to bust they butt, go in and do what they’ve got to do.” (Hip Hop DX)
Check out Tony Yayo’s interview below: