Tony Yayo at Busta Rhymes’ "Touch It" Video Shoot
Date: February 2006
What Happened: During the filming of Busta Rhymes’ star-studded video shoot for the “Touch It (Remix),” (which featured Lloyd Banks) G-Unit member Tony Yayo got into a war of words with famed producer Swizz Beatz as well as members of the Ruff Ryders camp. The dispute ended in gunfire and resulted in the death of Busta Rhymes’ security man, Israel Ramirez.
A witness said Yayo was insulting Swizz Beatz, Darrin "Dee" Dean, and Joaquin "Waah" Dean [CEOs of Ruff Ryders Entertainment]. Although the shooting was never pinned on Yayo, it was believed that an argument which began at the shoot “moved to the street.” Outside, a pushing and shoving match ensued and an unidentified assailant fired at least eight shots and one of them hit Ramirez, who later died on arrival at a Brooklyn hospital.
A witness said, "Then Yayo started talking to Busta, saying, 'My bad, I'm not trying to disrespect you. I ain't gonna make it hot.’” The shooting became a huge source of controversy.