The O.D.: A Mixtape Daily Exclusive
You could just imagine the merch being sold on 50 Cent’s Web site, emblazoned with the slogan “What Would 50 Do?” Tony Yayo said he was inspired by the G-Unit General to put his new mixtape up for sale on the Internet.
“It’s [coming out] now, available on Amazon, iTunes and all these other places — we’re rushing to put it out because of the reaction I got to my new video ’Bullets Whistle.’ Shout-out to ThisIs50.com. Gunpowder Guru coming out in the next 48 hours.
“Sometimes I be in the studio — I watch movies, read books and I just zone. I think I got [the title] from a movie, Gunpowder Guru,” he answered. “I liked the way it sound. I went with it. It’s a real dark mixtape. A lot of it, the production was done by my man Doe Pesci. We decided we give a lot of music away for free. What would 50 do in a position right now? 50 would sell his mixtapes on iTunes. It’s all about the Internet now.”
The first record to come from the tape was “Obama,” although the song has nothing to do with the president or politics and everything to do with drugs.
“I’m not worried about that,” Yayo said about potential backlash he could face for mentioning the president in the same sentence as illegal substances. “It’s a playful song,” Yayo added. “I’m happy we got a black president — it’s a playful thing.”
Don’t expect any lighter material to come off the tape — this is certified Queens-bred gangsta music.
“I got a joint called ’Murder,’ then ’Southside’ where I’m shouting out cats like [DJs] Grand Master Vick and Doggtime. I got a joint with my artist Louis Castro. The next joint I’m gonna come with is ’Back Against the Wall.’ It’s a dark vibe. When I seen 50 did the War Angel, it was dark. I took the same vibe.”
50, Yayo, Lloyd Banks and DJ Whoo Kid will start an overseas tour on February 22 that is set to last until sometime in April. 50 is slated to film two movies when he returns and then the Unit start a U.S. tour in June.
“That’s when the albums will come — me and Banks,” Yayo explained. “We gonna drop it independently. We not on Interscope anymore. I feel the stuff I went through on a major was nonsense. You make more money on an independent label.”
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