Quick Facts of
- First NameTony Yayo
Tony Yayo, an American rapper, came into the hip-hop world after forming a group named G-Unit (1999- Present) with rappers 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks.
Professional for over 2 decades, Yayo got breakthrough to fame after with the release of debut studio album Thoughts of a Predicate Felon (2005)- it charted #2 in Billboard 200 & enlists some famous songs: ‘So Seductive’, ‘Curious’ and ‘I Know You Don’t Love Me’.
Currently signed to G-Unit Records, Tony’s career journey barely seems to be free from issues though; he already faced days in prison for possession of a weapon.
How Much Net Worth Tony Yayo Has?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, 42-year rapper Tony Yayo has a net worth of $6 million as of April 2020.
Without a doubt, his career in the rap industry got him such a hefty fortune- the major thanks to his stints in hip-hop group G-Unit that garners him cut from albums sales & royalties.
The G-Unit formed in 1999, released their debut album Beg for Mercy (2003), which became 2-time RIAA Platinum certified.
Later in 2005, with the record label Interscope, Yayo released his debut solo studio album, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon. It became RIAA: Gold certified with over 750,000 copies sold in the US only, while worldwide reported at 1 million copies sold.
Furthermore, Tony serves as the CEO of the label named G-Unit Philly.
Breakthrough In Rap Career: Journey To Fame
In 1997, at the age of 19, Tony turned professional & worked alongside childhood friends 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks for music releases.
Then in 1999, they formed a hip-hop group G-Unit & later in 2003, released the group’s debut album Beg for Mercy (on November 14, 2003)- it ranked #2 in both Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Reportedly, the album sold 5.5 million copies worldwide & became 2-time Platinum by RIAA, with 2.7 million sales in the USA.
Then, on August 30, 2005, Tony Yayo’s career saw a major breakthrough after he released debut solo album Thoughts of a Predicate Felon.
After the Interscope Records dropped him in 2009, Yayo signed with 50 Cents’ record label G-Unit for the release of the second solo album, though, no official release date or name of the album is out.
Some of the famous songs of the rapper are So Seductive, Curious, Pass the Patron and Haters.
Venture With The Hip-Hop Group ‘G-Unit’:
With the group, Tony has released 2 studio albums & 2 EPs.
- Beg for Mercy (November 14, 2003)- Charted #2 in Billboard 200 & became 2-time RIAA Platinum
- T.O.S: Terminate on Sight (July 1, 2008)- Charted #4 in Billboard 200
- The Beauty of Independence (August 25, 2014)- #17 in Billboard 200 & sold 20,000 copies in the US
- The Beast Is G-Unit (March 3, 2015)- Became #27 in Billboard 200 & made 23,000 sales in the US
Furthermore, the rapper records a total of 16 mixtapes so far; some of them are listed below:
|Friday Off Papers: G-Unit Radio 23||March 2, 2007|
|S.O.D||September 29, 2008|
|Black Friday||November 14, 2008|
|Bloody Xmas||December 25, 2008|
|The Swine Flu series (1 & 2)||2009 (on May 26 & June 10 respectively)|
|El Chapo series (1,2 & 3)||2011, 2012 & 2015 respectively|
|Godfather Of The Ghetto||June 28, 2013|
Other Sources Of Income: YouTube & Instagram
The Queens, New York-born rapper has a YouTube channel TonyYayoVEVO, created on May 12, 2009, which has over 36.7K subscribers & a total of 24.386 million views as of April 2020.
According to Social Blade, Tony’s YouTube channel can sum up to $1.7K – $26.9K per year.
Another potential source of income for Tony Yayo is endorsements through Instagram, though, the rapper is yet to reveal any promotional deal.
Meanwhile, his Instagram account has over 542K followers with an engagement rate of 1.42%. As per Influencer Marketing Hub, Tony’s Instagram has the potential to earn in the range of $1,617 – $2,695 per sponsored post.
Where Does Tony Yayo Live?
The American-born rapper currently lives in Queens, the borough of New York City with his daughter named Maniyah (born in 2003).
However, Tony is low-key about his relationship details, his baby-mama & properties.
As per MTV, while he was released from the prison in 2004, his G-Unit crew gifted him a new house & a car; later he was signed to the G-Unit record label, solely owned by rapper 50 Cent.
Imprisonment On Possession Of Weapon & Alleged Assault
Back on December 31, 2002, Tony Yayo along with 50 Cent was arrested for possession of weapons: Glock 20 handgun and a Colt AR-15. As a result, the rapper was imprisoned for an entire year (in 2003) & released on parole on January 8, 2004.
However, just a day after his release, Yayo was arrested again for possession of forged passport & held in federal prison for a month.
During his time in prison, rappers of the G-Unit, as well as Eminem, started a campaign to free Tony; even more, the Rap God rapper wore “Free Yayo” T-Shirt in 2003 Grammy Awards.
He was released on February 24, 2004.
The legal troubles once again got the rapper, as Yayo was charged with an alleged assault on a 14-year-old boy on March 24, 2007. After series of hearings, the prosecutors dropped the charges in February 2008.
Tony was born Marvin Bernard on March 31, 1978, in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York. An American by nationality, Yayo hails from Haitian descent.
Reportedly, he is the youngest of 3 children; his parents divorced when Tony was 16.
His stage name “Tony Yayo” is inspired by actor Al Pacino‘s character Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface.