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On [[December 31]] [[2002]], nearly a year before the release of G-Unit's highly anticipated album, ''Beg for Mercy'', Tony Yayo was arrested along with 50 Cent on weapons-possession charges. During a background check, police discovered Yayo had an outstanding warrant for a previous weapons-possession charge. In early 2003, he was sentenced for bail jumping and would remain in jail until the beginning of 2004. As a result, he was unable to record for the album and was therefore only featured on two tracks that had been recorded before.
 
On [[December 31]] [[2002]], nearly a year before the release of G-Unit's highly anticipated album, ''Beg for Mercy'', Tony Yayo was arrested along with 50 Cent on weapons-possession charges. During a background check, police discovered Yayo had an outstanding warrant for a previous weapons-possession charge. In early 2003, he was sentenced for bail jumping and would remain in jail until the beginning of 2004. As a result, he was unable to record for the album and was therefore only featured on two tracks that had been recorded before.
   
During Tony Yayo's imprisonment, G-Unit became increasingly popular. They started a campaign called "Free Yayo". Many G-Unit videos featured the group's members wearing "Free Yayo" t-shirts, but Yayo himself was unaware of the attention he was receiving. The prison inmates that Yayo shared a television with preferred watching sports rather than music videos. When Eminem and 50 Cent were scheduled to make an appearance during the Grammy Awards, he convinced everyone to change the channel. It was the first time he saw a "Free Yayo" shirt-this time worn by Eminem.<ref>[http://xxlmag.com/Features/2005/july/yayo/index.html Eminem wearing ‘Free Yayo’ T-Shirt]. Accessed [[July 29]] [[2007]].</ref> Inspired by the shirt, he started working extra hard on his rhymes while keeping in touch with the G-Unit crew who were letting him know that he would get his chance once he was a free man.
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During Tony Yayo's '''50 CENT IS GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO IS OBAMA'''imprisonment, G-Unit became increasingly popular. They started a campaign called "Free Yayo". Many G-Unit videos featured the group's members wearing "Free Yayo" t-shirts, but Yayo himself was unaware of the attention he was receiving. The prison inmates that Yayo shared a television with preferred watching sports rather than music videos. When Eminem and 50 Cent were scheduled to make an appearance during the Grammy Awards, he convinced everyone to change the channel. It was the first time he saw a "Free Yayo" shirt-this time worn by Eminem.<ref>[http://xxlmag.com/Features/2005/july/yayo/index.html Eminem wearing ‘Free Yayo’ T-Shirt]. Accessed [[July 29]] [[2007]].</ref> Inspired by the shirt, he started working extra hard on his rhymes while keeping in touch with the G-Unit crew who were letting him know that he would get his chance once he was a free man.
   
 
On [[January 8]] [[2004]], Tony Yayo was released from prison,but after presenting a forged passport to his parole officer a day later, he was imprisoned again for a few weeks. Upon release after being sexually assulted, Tony Yayo was finally able to start work on his debut album. Whilst working on his album, he was also recording on the ''G-Unit Radio'' mixtape series in which he announced his return on the street level.
 
On [[January 8]] [[2004]], Tony Yayo was released from prison,but after presenting a forged passport to his parole officer a day later, he was imprisoned again for a few weeks. Upon release after being sexually assulted, Tony Yayo was finally able to start work on his debut album. Whilst working on his album, he was also recording on the ''G-Unit Radio'' mixtape series in which he announced his return on the street level.

Revision as of 15:50, 19 December 2008

Tony Yayo
Tony Yayo by Frank DeMaria.jpg
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1999–present
Labels G-Unit, Interscope
Associated acts G-Unit, Eminem, Obie Trice, Joe
Website www.tonyyayo.com

Marvin Bernard, better known by his stage name Tony Yayo, is a rapper who is part of the rap group G-Unit.

Biography

G-Unit

Tony Yayo performing at Villanova Hoops Mania in 2005.

50 cent got his own record label by Dr. Dre and released the album Get Rich or Die Tryin. Soon after the group had established their own record label, G-Unit Records, G-Unit released their first official group album Beg for Mercy in November 2003, which went on to be certified 2x Platinum. [1] [2]

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On December 31 2002, nearly a year before the release of G-Unit's highly anticipated album, Beg for Mercy, Tony Yayo was arrested along with 50 Cent on weapons-possession charges. During a background check, police discovered Yayo had an outstanding warrant for a previous weapons-possession charge. In early 2003, he was sentenced for bail jumping and would remain in jail until the beginning of 2004. As a result, he was unable to record for the album and was therefore only featured on two tracks that had been recorded before.

During Tony Yayo's 50 CENT IS GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO IS OBAMAimprisonment, G-Unit became increasingly popular. They started a campaign called "Free Yayo". Many G-Unit videos featured the group's members wearing "Free Yayo" t-shirts, but Yayo himself was unaware of the attention he was receiving. The prison inmates that Yayo shared a television with preferred watching sports rather than music videos. When Eminem and 50 Cent were scheduled to make an appearance during the Grammy Awards, he convinced everyone to change the channel. It was the first time he saw a "Free Yayo" shirt-this time worn by Eminem.[3] Inspired by the shirt, he started working extra hard on his rhymes while keeping in touch with the G-Unit crew who were letting him know that he would get his chance once he was a free man.

On January 8 2004, Tony Yayo was released from prison,but after presenting a forged passport to his parole officer a day later, he was imprisoned again for a few weeks. Upon release after being sexually assulted, Tony Yayo was finally able to start work on his debut album. Whilst working on his album, he was also recording on the G-Unit Radio mixtape series in which he announced his return on the street level.

Albums

While his appearances on mixtapes announced his return on the street level, his summer hit "So Seductive" let the rest of the world know. In August, while his single was dominating urban radio, MTV, and BET, Tony Yayo released his debut, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon.[4] The other singles that were released from this album were: "Curious", "Pimpin'", "Drama Setter", and "I Know You Don’t Love Me".

Tony Yayo has confirmed that work is in progress for his second studio album.[5] The album was originally called Godfather of the Ghetto, then I Am 50's Tax Write-off, finally leaving Tony Yayo undecided on a title. However Tony Yayo stated that his "2nd album" will be released after 50 Cent's 6th album (but 4th album with Interscope). He said he wants to time this album right, since there's a dramatic increase in album leakage, and early downloading, so he wants to make this album so goddamn good, people will have to buy it. "I mean we've learned that timing and good singles matter because the 1st single for T.O.S was the worst song on the album, personally I didn't like "I like the way she do it" but 50 insisted for this single". If I had choice of singles I would have picked "ready or not" "no days off" "casualtys of war" and "straight outta southside" to finish off the succses of the album and with those hot songs. I think T.O.S would have flew past the million sales mark in the first week but the garbage 1st single caused it to be ignored and sell less, and not be has successful as our 6 million selling debut album "beg for mercy" so i wanna release the best singles on the album and at the right time to make this album big." Tony yayo stated in an interview with M.T.V. [6]

Controversy

The Game

Tony Yayo willingly involves himself in the G-Unit and The Game feud. He has been known to denounce The Game's street credibility in various interviews and diss songs. On his mixtape G-Unit Radio Pt.23: Finally Off Papers, Tony Yayo made some hits towards The Game in the track Mo Money, Mo Problems by poking fun about his album sales being considerably less without the help of 50 Cent or G-Unit. At the end of the track, he finished by calling The Game a "faggot". In an interview with MTV, Tony Yayo aired his feeling towards many rappers who he "doesn’t believe".

He said

I don't believe Cam'ron, I don't believe Jim Jones, I don't believe Lil Wayne, I don't believe Baby, I don't believe Game and I don't believe Fat Joe[7]

Czar Entertainment

On March 24 2007, Tony Yayo was arrested for allegedly assaulting the 14 year-old son of The Game's manager, Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond. Tony Yayo and 50 Cent were accused of approaching the child, with members of their entourage, and pushing him against a nearby wall. This was when Tony Yayo reportedly slapped the boy several times and said "Fuck Czar Entertainment". Tony Yayo has pleaded "not guilty" and 50 Cent has since proven his innocence with video footage showing him at his Connecticut mansion at the time of the alleged incident.[8]

Tony Yayo made his first court appearance on the morning of April 25 2007 in New York. The case was adjourned to July 24. Tony Yayo’s Lawyer has expressed his belief that Yayo is innocent and commented on the situation in an interview with MTV:

After a thorough investigation, I steadfastly and adamantly state to you that Tony Yayo did not slap anyone, I am hopeful that when the authorities complete their investigation, they will come to the same conclusion. Yayo, as a father, understands the allegations and would never do anything to harm a child… [9]

On April 18 2007, the house of Tony Yayo’s mother was "sprayed with bullets". The attack is believed to be in connection with Tony Yayo’s recent arrest. [10] The Game later released a "diss" track on his mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 4: Murda Game Chronicles, titled "Body Bags".

On July 24 2007, Tony Yayo attended a court hearing regarding his alleged assault. The prosecution offered him a nine-month prison sentence if he pleaded guilty, which he rejected. His lawyer, Scott Leemon, said:

The prosecution's nine-month offer is one Tony vehemently rejected. It's not even a good offer for a guilty person, and Tony denies the allegations absolutely.[11]

One of the men from Tony Yayo's entourage, a co-defendant, admitted that it was him, not Yayo who slapped Henchmen Junior on January 10, 2008.[12]

Cam’ron

Tony Yayo openly involves himself in 50 Cent's Feuds. The most recent example of this would be the 50 Cent Vs Cam’ron Feud. Although Tony Yayo hasn’t released a direct diss track towards Cam’ron, he has voiced his opinion through interviews. In an interview with MTV, Tony Yayo commented on what he thinks of the situation:

I feel like Cam’ron is a peon. Let's ask the general public: When is the last time Cam’ron made a fucking hit? It's time for these niggas to pay the piper. Rap is a competitive sport and I play around with it. Sometimes dudes catch feelings, sometimes they don't. Me, I don't understand these dudes. These dudes reach out on the phone and try to call people. After that incident, Jim, he reached out to Buck. This is what Buck tells me: Jim Jones reaches out to Buck and was trying to tell Buck to get me on the phone. I don't do the phone thing. I don't need none of these rap niggas to be my friends. My best friend sells the most records and makes the most money ... I've seen checks for $5.5 million that 50 Cent is generating monthly just from his Vitamin Water. I don't believe Cam’ron, I don't believe Jim Jones, I don't believe Lil Wayne, I don't believe Baby, I don't believe Game and I don't believe Fat Joe[13]

Jim Jones

This feud took off when Tony Yayo yelled "boring" instead of "balling" (a reference to "We Fly High") backstage at a show where both G-Unit and Dipset were performing.[14] Jim Jones responded in an interview on a radio station by saying that Tony Yayo was an immigrant. Jim Jones said:

I don't know if he said that, but if that little nigga said that he need to get his money up 'cause I'm balling for real, you know what I'm talking about?. It's all aggressive competition to each his own, smell me? You dig? That nigga's an immigrant. He's a straight hater, he belong in little Haiti[15]

Tony Yayo took a shot at Jim Jones on Shade 45, claiming that Jim Jones was trash, and that he was disrespecting Haitians.[16] Tony Yayo stated that Jim Jones tried to phone him, but Tony Yayo refused to take the call. He said:

Jim was trying to reach out to me, reach out through other people from the street, but I never accepted his call. He gets on radio and says, "Yayo, you's an immigrant". So you disrespecting every Haitian on the planet. So he played himself like that. I'm like, "These dudes is fools". Jim Jones cannot fuck with me creatively. You can't be serious. Cam'ron, none of them can fuck with me creatively, and I got more money than them. I can call 50 right now and borrow $5 million dollars. It's not a problem.[17]

Tony Yayo later addressed Jim Jones on his mixtape Finally Off Papers (G-Unit Radio Pt. 23) on the track "Mo Money, Mo Problems".[18] He yells "Boring!" in the background to mock Jim Jones as well as shouting other insults towards him at the end of the track. [19]

Tony Yayo and Jim Jones have settled their feud and have even performed together. They also both appeared on BET's "Rap City" which 50 Cent was hosting.[20]

Discography

References

  1. ^ Lamy, Jonathan (December 18 2003). 2003 Ends With a Bang!. RIAA. Accessed July 10 2007.
  2. ^ 50 Cent Biography: Contemporary Musicians. eNotes. Accessed July 18 2007.
  3. ^ Eminem wearing ‘Free Yayo’ T-Shirt. Accessed July 29 2007.
  4. ^ Tony Yayo-Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon-Release. Accessed July 29 2007.
  5. ^ Steve Raze (November 5 2007). Lloyd Banks & Tony Yayo: Shooters, Part 2. AllHipHop. Accessed November 6 2007.
  6. ^ DefSounds. May 22 2008. G-Unit Q&A Session Part 2. DefSounds. Accessed May 24 2008.
  7. ^ Tony Yayo Speaking on Rival Rappers. Accessed July 29 2007.
  8. ^ Rich Rock (March 24 2007). Tony Yayo Arrested For Teen Assault, Young Buck Release Distracted. SOHH. Accessed July 29 2007.
  9. ^ Tony Yayo’s lawyer Commenting on Alleged Incident. MTV. Accessed July 29 2007.
  10. ^ Tony Yayo’s Mother’s House Attacked. Accessed July 29 2007.
  11. ^ Update: Tony Yayo Rejects Deal In Rosemond Assault Case, "It's Not Even A Good Offer For A Guilty Person," Says Lawyer. SOHH. Accessed July 29 2007
  12. ^ HHWorlds.com - Tony Yayo's Co-Defendant Reveals He Slapped Jimmy Henchman's Son (January 10, 2008)
  13. ^ Tony Yayo Talking About Current G-Unit Situations. Accessed July 29 2007.
  14. ^ Tony Yayo confirms that he yelled ‘Boring’ at Jim Jones
  15. ^ Jim Jones speaking about Tony Yayo situation. Accessed July 29 2007.
  16. ^ Tony Yayo Dissing Jim Jones On Shade 45. Accessed July 29 2007.
  17. ^ Tony Yayo talks about Jim Jones situation. Accessed July 29 2007.
  18. ^ Tony Yayo-“Mo Money Mo Problems”-Game and Jim Jones Diss track
  19. ^ StopNetBanging. (March 2 2007). Tony Yayo–Mo Money Mo Problems (Jim Jones And Game Diss). Def Sounds. Accessed July 29 2007.
  20. ^ Jayson Rodriguez (September 14 2007). 50 Cent Joins Forces With Jim Jones, Covers Kanye West at First of Five NYC Shows. MTV. Accessed October 15 2007.

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