"That describes the aggressiveness," Tony Yayo told us recently. "A lot of people out there sleep on the Unit, but the Unit is back. You be hearing a lot of rumors, people feel certain ways, but we're over 30 million sold as a whole. I been hearing a lot of people sleeping. The hip-hop eras change; down South is winning. We're like the only ones holding it down for New York."
The conversation about music abruptly transferred to legal talk. Yayo is due to stand trial on assault charges January 10 for allegedly smacking the son of Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond. Henchman manages Game and Gucci Mane among others.
"I'm not guilty either," Yayo said, unsolicited. "I'm going to court. I'm out on bail. I swear to my kids, I didn't smack that kid."
Yayo is optimistic that the trial will go his way.
"I don't smack kids," he insisted. "It kinda hurt my feelings [when] the Daily News and everybody said bad things about me. I have a criminal record already, so the system looks at me like, 'This guy's been to jail before, and he's a problem.' I'm not that type of guy."
If he is convicted, jail wouldn't be new to Yayo.
"I been to jail before," he said. "I been in a cell. I had a shower and toilet. … I don't wanna go to jail, but hey, life is life. … My mom's crib got shot 21 times. I didn't cry to the public about it. I don't know who did it. A lot of people don't like G-Unit, a lot of people do." …