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50 Cent Says He Wishes Tony Yayo Was More Popular Than Him

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One thing is certain, 50 Cent loves Tony Yayo. The “So Seductive” rapper has remained loyal to his G-Unit boss throughout the years and it’s no surprise Fif continues to speak favorably of him.

During his recent interview with Big Boy on Big Boy’s Neighborhood, 50 Cent admitted that he would’ve preferred it if Tony Yayo, born Marvin Bernard blew up instead of him.

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“My solo album took off so big that I just brought them with me,” 50 said. “So it was clear that it was me creating opportunity for everybody else in the crew, but we was all together. I wish it would have been Yayo, because then I coulda did all of the business. If he woulda did what 50 Cent did, then I would have been running the whole thing.” He continued, “It would still be two of us. He’d still be 50 cent as the artist and I’d be the largest asset to us.”

Back in August, 50 Cent explained why he still maintains a cordial relationship with Tony Yayo, despite falling out with other G-Unit members.

“[Yayo] is a different animal. If he does something wrong, I don’t care what magnitude of it is, he’ll go, ‘My bad.’ And he’ll go, ‘Aight.’ And we just keep going ’til the next time he does something wrong. That’s the relationship! That is our relationship,” Fif told Charlamagne on The Breakfast Club. “Now, when you look at Banks, all these other guys, they came in by way of him and they have a different temperament. It’s not like, it’s not the same relationship.”

“So, I don’t necessarily go back to carrying him. Yay is different.”

50 Cent signed childhood friends, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks to G-Unit after Interscope granted him permission to run his own label. As a group they released a number of mixtapes in the early 2000s, including 2002’s 50 Cent is the Future, No Mercy, No Fear, and God’s Plan.

Elsewhere in his interview with Big Boy, 50 Cent says Dr. Dre offered to produce music for his next album.

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“As soon as I said that, I got a text from [Eminem] that he had already spoke to Dre, and that Dre is in there and he got some crazy stuff for me to go hear,” said 50 Cent, in reference to a recent tweet he put out about recording new music.

“This is my process: I’ll go make something, what I can find, the best music that I can put my hands on. And when I feel real good about it, I bring it to put pressure on Dre to offer me something. ‘Cause he’ll have something… He’s always had something.”

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