G-Unit’s 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Kidd Kidd, Lloyd Banks made an appearance Wednesday morning on The Breakfast Club and, based off some of the quotables, listeners are better for it. Kind of.
Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne gave the Queens crew the majority of the mic time, barely interrupting to allow 50, who spoke the most on behalf of G-Unit, to elaborate on the Unit reunion, pure artistry vs. actually getting people to care about your music, and Olivia (“Missy started hitting it”).
A lot of it seemed thoughtful and sincere–especially the part about getting an artists’ artist like Lloyd Banks to interact more via social media. Banks does clear the air about what led to the group losing touch with each other.
“Me and 50 wasn’t talking for a while. A long time. And then everything happened with Yay’. And next thing I know my name was in the mix. I started hearing my name. ‘Oh, Banks this. Banks that.’ 50 crazy, so…It was a lack of communication on both our parts. I don’t know what to chalk it up to. We been doing this for a long time. Over 10 years. Went from being in a condo just planning over what we wanted to happen and to watch it play out…It wasn’t just me and 50. It was points me and Buck didn’t talk.”
Later, he goes on the reconfirm his commitment to the music.
“I mean, I came in the game this way. And the artists that I grew up on like Snoop and people like that—I just told him the other day. They let me know I ain’t have to be nobody other than who I am. I’m not gonna change for the industry. I don’t care what interview I’m at. What state I’m at. Who I’m talking to. I’m just not gon’ be that way.”
“…(W)e’ve been through a lot, man. And people go through they ups and downs. And I just feel like it was never not about the music for me. And that’s what’s most important…And I feel like a lot of people for some reason they’re not leading no more. I keep hearing people say ‘I don’t care. I’m not a rapper. I don’t do—’ Then what you do then?”
And of course, Charlamagne had to ask about 50’s spat with Floyd Mayweather, whom Charlamagne put on blast a couple of weeks ago with an audio clip that allegedly proves Floyd’s a poor reader.
50, who initiated the whole “Reading Rainbow” beef, spoke on Floyd’s supposed illiteracy.
Charlamagne: At what point did you realize that he couldn’t read?
50: I knew, I knew, because he’ll have a hard time. Because he’ll pass it. Anything you give him, he’ll go… [Makes passing motion] And give it to Ms. Jackson or give it to someone else to look at it.
Before that, 50 also addressed his current relationship with Mayweather.
It’s not like I want to hurt him. I like him because he thinks he can do anything. He’s like my younger brother. He can do and say anything he wants, at any point, and it’s cool. He’ll go and say he slept with T.I.’s woman and then say, Oh, I didn’t say that, right after it’s cool and like he didn’t just say it, and I dont have to answer to it in a press conference. When it’s the point that you want to make, the most exciting… Like, that’s his moment at the press conference to say that.
The G-Unit head honcho then sums Floyd’s whole schtick up by saying, “everything [he] does is to irk someone out,” which everyone can tell he’s done to 50 at this point. It’s not the most enlightening waste of almost 20 minutes someone could find, but it does add another layer of exquisite smelling sh*t to this celebrity feud.
Watch the whole thing below.