Prepping to release the G-Unit collective’s sophomore salvo, Shoot To Kill, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo reveal some of their targets. Being a part of one of the rap games biggest groups today puts a lot of eyes on you. Two individuals in particular stand out one. One for his notoriety and outspoken nature, the other for his ill punch lines and lyrical flow, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, respectively. The G-Unit generals spoke to AllHipHop.com about the future of the group and the T.I. situation, addressed past rumors and provided us a glimpse into what they are doing for 2008.Yayo and Banks are focused on the future of G-Unit and trying to recapture the hunger that brought them to this point in time. Banks and Yayo have been absent from the scene some time, and they both had a lot to say regarding their hiatus from the charts. From their responses, its easy to see their starving to get their position back.AllHipHop.com: So Yayo, you have to be more excited that you are apart of the process of this G-Unit album since you were locked up on the first album. Has being on this album changed things a lot?Lloyd Banks: It changes it a lot. Coming up rapping, before I actually got on, before anyone got one, any one of us, that was my battery. You know what Im saying? I went off of what his last verse was and really didnt pay attention to anything else that was out there.. because I felt like that was all that I needed. So, when [Yayo] got locked up it was like, Damn!. Thats why he was on the Hunger For More album. I held my project back to make sure that he was on that. Tony Yayo: First day I got out I came and recorded on Banks album. Lloyd Banks: Cause I know when I do shows, 9 times out 10, he gonna be there. I needed something for him to come out and rock. Fresh out the jail cell, you know what Im saying? So, this album is going to be the same drive, because we all coming from the same place. Tony Yayo: Banks is hungry again, period. Lloyd Banks: But he makes me even more [hungry]. You know how that is. Being onstage. I look to my right, I know if I make a mistake he gonna catch it. That applies on the stage, in an interview, wherever you at. Tony Yayo: G-Unit we on a whole other category than a lot of rappers, to me. And its not like to brag or boast, but like I said, we get the checks but we never get the trophies. I mean, you look at what 50 sold, what Banks sold, what I sold, what Buck sold, as a whole. What 30 million records sold? No group has done that yet, as a whole. So, its like, when you look at that, you gotta give us the credit. People see sales is down now, so [they say], Oh, G-Unit is falling off! But sales is down for everybody. You got rappers doing 1,900, 4,000, 5,000 units. I look at it like, Man, lets just have fun with it. You know, we made a lot of money and went though a lot of things. When you get a lot of money egos change, because now I can go to the bank and withdraw what I want to do, buy that car I wanna buy, so if you havent made enough money yet, you havent changed. Weve changed, all of us, as men. You understand what Im sayin? And we back, Man. AllHipHop.com: When you say that you havent brought home any trophies, is that something you want?Tony Yayo: I mean we want trophies, but its like our music is so aggressive, what we rhyming about, we know were not going to get any trophies. Dudes like Kanye and Common Sense will be nominated way ahead of a Lloyd Banks or a Tony Yayo. Cause people see the aggressiveness in the music. But thats where we came from. Kanye is rapping about being a college dropout. Im rapping about being a high school dropout. And to me, 70% of people tune into what their environment is. In our environment there was nothing there. 50 lived down the block from me, Banks lived down the block from me, and with everybody in my neighborhood the thing was to sell drugs. Lloyd Banks: We came a long way, man. We exceeded everybody elses expectations a long time ago. Way before we did ours. There was a point when the mixtape first came out, 50 Cent Is The Future, where its me, Yayo and 50 on the cover at [that] point, Man, I didnt even know where this was gonna go. We was riding around super dirty. You know what Im sayin? Super Dirty. Like if we had gotten knocked one time, we wouldnt have been here talking to you now. Not saying we were satisfied or content with that, but to be honest with you, I didnt know where we was going to end up if that deal didnt come through. If Yay didnt call me like, Yo, the deal went through. I honestly couldnt tell you what was going to happen in the 8 or 9 months. I was happy at that point. So, to get here now, at the point we are now and have sold as many records as we did . Forget about the sales, lets just talk about the overall influence of the hood, mainstream America, everywhere Tony Yayo: When you go overseas and people know a Lloyd Banks record in Japan or Africa and they know So Seductive in Estonia, and we go to Ireland and they know Lloyd Banks.Lloyd Banks: Weve put in a lot of work, Baby. What are we on like 25 mixtapes right now? We made a mixtape in a matter of two days. 8 records a day type sh*t. The grind was always there, it was just like nothing stays in one place in one time. To me, it just feels like it ain’t the time for the real ni**a right now. Tony Yayo: And the hate come from because sh*t , I was locked up for two years and when I came home, I came home to money, I came home to condos and everything. Banks was totally different. I pinched myself to see if I was f*cking dreaming. Thats why I got locked up 12 hours later, because I was f*cking trying to play catch-up and was just so hype. I had a condo, cars, everything waiting for me. So, the hate comes from when you see groups like Fat Joes Terror Squad and D-Block and Black Wall Street, these artists havent gotten these things and they been in the game. How long has Fat Joe been in the game? He been in the game for about 15 years now. Jealous-ones envy. [Fat Joe] was rhyming before Biggie, before Big L, before Tupac, some of the greatest. So, really the truth inside is how he feels is like, I deserve that sh*t! I been in the game for 15 years! Lloyd Banks: And thats how it go on the block too. Tony Yayo: When you look at Jadakiss and all of them, D-Block and all of them, its the same thing with them. They was rapping next to one of the greatest rappers alive, Biggie Smalls And what have they accomplished from doing that? Theyre not 30 million albums sold. They havent sold any records, theyre doing deals with independents, they havent accumulated what G-Unit has accumulated, as a whole. This is where the anger comes from. As well, as The Game. Lloyd Banks: In a matter of three or four years. If you could look at me in my face and tell me you havent been moved or inspired by us to get in the f*cking studio, your 100% lying, period. Half the records that came out, right now its G-Unit against the whole industry. Tony Yayo: Yea, its G-Unit against the world and in this industry shit ain’t no f*cking love.Lloyd Banks: But I could careless, because I could show you my phone right now, I dont got a rap n*gga number in my phone right now. AllHipHop.com: Yall dont think that maybe you have fueled some of the hate? Lloyd Banks: You know what it is, a lot of people dont see the way we fit in, man. We grew up together. If you look at the industry, theres make-ups to break-ups everyday. Look around. Look how easy it is to manipulate a ni**a and get him to feel like if you go over there youll be better. We dont live by them values. Tony Yayo: Cause its business with them, with us its friendship. Its different. Lloyd Banks: Ni**as wanna get in where they fit at. A lot of ni**as see how tight we are and dont see how they fit in. Tony Yayo: Ni**as might go through they sh*t, but what happened to loyalty. 80% of these rappers havent been on the street. They havent been on the street because they have no values, I have values. What happened to knowing you could have money around your man and no money be missin? What happened to you could trust ni**as with your kids and nothing happen to your kids? What happened to you could trust a motherf*cking ni**a with anything? You dont find ni**as like that no more. So, when you find a ni**a thats loyal to you and is loyal to what youre doing, thats why Im in the situation Im in. Cause I was always with 50 from the beginning. Banks always knew I was loyal. Banks was my man, he lived right across the street from me. I was just kissin his grandmothers feet, cause I gotta fly to Vegas. You know what I mean? So, its like we family. Its different. Ni**as like Game, they come around. Games Momma was calling ni**as phone like, I cant believe it. Congratulations! Im happy for what you did to our son.. Yea, cause your son was a bum before we knew him. Fif wrote the records for him. The reason why I dont like these dudes is cause I dont understand what was the reason to flip. You coulda still gotten money with us. It was really a big problem like that, but f*ck him. And its dudes insecurities, like I dont want be a 50. A lot of people look at G-Unit like, Are they in 50s shadow? No, Lloyd Banks sold two million records with Hunger For More. Young Buck went platinum. I went gold and my album came out when I was on house arrest. But we dont get the trophies and we dont get the recognition from Hip-Hop. MTV didnt even want me on the red carpet. [VH1] Hip-Hop Honors and sh*t, I didnt see no invites in the mail. But you know what, f*ck em. AllHiphop.com: Well the perception might be a little different. Sometimes people see you in concerts and think that you can do anything cause your G-Unit. If you can express what kind of scrutiny yall go through. Why cant you do whatever you want as people think you can?Lloyd Banks: Cause some sh*t just ain’t meant to be done. I mean, we rap, were talented, dont get me wrong. But, before we were rappers, we was people too and this sh*t is not accepted. Tony Yayo: In the industry, they want you to hold your tongue like even Violator and Interscope, there are certain events that they dont want Yayo around, because Yayo has bad publicity for smacking a 15 year old kid right now. But you know what, Im guilty until Im proven innocent. You know how its supposed to be how you innocent until proven guilty? Im guilty until Im proven innocent. And its like certain venues be like, We dont want Yayo to walk the red carpet next to 50, or we dont want that. Listen, these motherf*cker care about 50s money. My whole thing is, Bro, I dont care about 50s money. I dont care about Banks money. If we was to be broke tomorrow, I would be with them figuring out who we would be going to rob. AllHipHop.com: But isnt that a part of your aggressive nature, that might have brought that on? You are street cats, and everybody knows how aggressive yall are. Is everybody on red alert, now that Yayos comin?Tony Yayo: Yea, of course they on red alert.Lloyd Banks: They should be! But them ni**as claim that they abide by the same law, so they should know too. They should look out for just more than The Unit. Every group from New York that claims to be from the street has to abide by the same law, period. Aint nobody exempt from that.Tony Yayo: I was talking to Miss Info one day, right and she said to me, Yall different, yall dont want to go to Puffys all white party or go to a Russell Simmons event. And we just different, man. Its not like Im trying to prove anything or trying to be hood.Lloyd Banks: Its the Champagne Era. I never really gave a f*ck to be honest with you. You could say thats helped me in ways or thats hurt me in ways. That was just me. I had trust issues. Let alone, its hard for a ni**a to just come in the game like that. We didnt have like [BETs] Freestyle Fridays and all that sh*t. Like I went straight from the street to the camera. So, hey, excuse me for not blending in like the rest of these ni**as, but thats just me, I have trust issues. To this day, I dont f*ck with ni**as. I might say, Whats up? and keep it movin. Cause ni**as is the same, they can get on a record tomorrow and talk about you. Take kindness for weakness and they look at it that way. We dont care, not about the next man and what he doin. Tony Yayo: With me, the thing is, Im just a street ni**a, the epitome of a street ni**a. All these other ni**as talking like, Yo, Im street Im this and that.. To me, being street is loyalty. I got a sister. My sister go and spit on a ni**a, right? Then the ni**a go and spit on her. I dont even wanna hear the story, ni**a. Thats the same thing with [Banks] or the same thing with Fif. Thats the same thing with all the ni**as thats in my clique. Lloyd Banks: I dont understand why thats so shocking. I dont give a f*ck if Im 100% wrong, he could be 110% wrong, and thats my ni**a. You wrong, until its all over and you go and talk about it.