During the latest episode of his interview with VladTV, Yayo recited the first lines that 50 spat so many years ago. According to Tony Yayo, they were all in their mutual friend’s basement when 50 Cent busted out the rhyme and showed everyone he had some serious skills.
“The sale expired / Quarter mil bail / Fresh out of jail / Shit is really real / N-ggas is locked up man I pray they don’t tell / 100 man indictment my lawyer gotta fight this / N-ggas know that I is never pressed into dough” Yayo rapped. “N-ggas know I don’t serve nobody I don’t know / Son said he was from OT / Sold 11 to Oz / His man brought him to me but he don’t really know b / Said it was hot, Duke was an officer.”
Yayo explained that they were all deep into hustle at the time and whenever the cops rolled around, they would go to their friend’s basement to lay down and bang out some freestyles. He added that rhyming was what gave the stamp of approval that 50 Cent was getting better by the minute.
Vlad said it was interesting that 50 left such an impression since he didn’t originally want to be a rapper, and Yayo replied that it’s not anyone’s dream to become one.
“I think people just go into it, like you see the kids from The Bronx, they just go to the studio, they drill, I don’t think… we were still on the streets,” Yayo said. “If it was selling drugs over music, it was selling drugs. Music didn’t make me money at the time, so it was a hobby for me.”
Yayo went on to say that his friend’s basement was important in laying the groundwork for G-Unit because he, 50 and Lloyd Banks would always go there when they took a break from the hustle and bustle and would jam to tracks past Wu-Tang Clan, Anita Baker, Fugues and more.
During his interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood, 50 Cent revealed that he wishes Tony Yayo would have blown up instead of him. In his comments, 50 echoed the point Yayo made about not wanting to be a rap star.
“My solo album took off so much that I just brought them along,” said 50. “So obviously I was the one who created an opportunity for everyone else in the crew, but we were all together. I wish it would have been Yayo, because then I could have done the whole business. If he would have done what 50 Cent did, I would have run it all.”
He continued, “It would still be the two of us. He would still be 50 Cent as an artist and I would be the biggest asset to us.”