50 Cent isn't just rough on Young Buck. In his new book Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter, he has very critical words for G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.
"If the success of Power was one of greatest accomplishment than one of my biggest dissapointments was the unfulfilled potential of Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo of G-Unit. Both Power's rise and G-Unit's fall is testimony to how growth is the key element in any journey. I always thought if I had done a better job teaching Banks and Yayo how to evolve and change their habits they each would be in better places now. Instead, they both stay stuck in their mindset and as a result, the success they desire has elude them.
In Bank's case, a lot of his failure to grow as an artist is connected to his emotional composition ... Banks wanted things to come to him, instead of going out and getting them himself. That's not me trying to assassinate his character. The guy has 'lazy Lloyd' tattooed on his arm," 50 said and went onto explain Banks was only confident when he was a big fish in a small pond.
As for Yayo ...
"Tony Yayo's issues were different ... he was very much from the streets. Yayo was wild from the day I met him. In our world, it was a temperament that served him well," 50 said, explaining that in the beginning G-Unit needed that energy from Yayo.
However, things changed as 50 Cent and G-Unit got bigger, and Fif realized they were going to have to project a more corporate image to get to the next level.
"Transitioning from a street lifestyle to a more public persona was going to require a new mindset. Yayo didn't seem to register that. If I got into a disagreement with another artist, Yayo's reaction was 'let's just bang him.' If we got $100,000 for a series of club appearances, Yayo wasn't thinking about putting it in the bank. His first thought would be 'hey this can get us three and a half kilos of cocaine. Let's flip that and we can get some real money.'"
50 Cent said he tried to get Yayo to calm down, but Yayo wouldn't listen and accused Fif of being uptight.
In the end, 50 Cent had to accept that Yayo and Banks are who they are and because of that would never have the success they wanted.