BOSSIP Exclusive: True Or False – Did Tony Sunshine Leave Terror Squad Because Fat Joe Didn’t Pay Him?

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Blast From the Past, Bossip Exclusives, Celebrity Interviews


Singer Spoke To BOSSIP About His New Single And His Current Relationship With Fat Joe & Remy Ma

Former Terror Squad crooner Tony Sunshine said he has put his time in the 2000s rap crew behind him.

The singer has a new single, a new sound and a new outlook, and said he quit the squad – which at one time included Big Pun, Fat Joe, Remy Ma and Cuban Linx – not because of a bad music deal, but because he realized he wasn’t getting the shine he felt he deserved.

“I chose to walk away as a perfect gentleman – and I’ve always kept it that way,” Tony told us. “Joe is my brother and our fall out wasn’t over money.”

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Tony said he’s always been able to support himself through shows and appearances, so his music deal with Fat Joe didn’t leave him in the poor house. However, with little radio play, promotion, or even his own marketed single, he decided to leave Terror Squad and go it alone.

“Being a part of the Terror Squad have the fans a certain outlook on Tony Sunshine,” the “T.O.N.Y.” the singer added. “Being part of the Terror Squad, I felt I was coming off as one dimensional, and wasn’t given the opportunity to explore my talent and be creative. Being a free agent allows me to give the world the real Tony Sunshine.”


The Bronx-bred singer, who is publicizing his new dancehall single, “Close” – a rendition of Maxi Priest’s “Close To You” – said there aren’t any hard feelings on his end. And unlike the family of Big Pun, who we exclusively reported agreed to settle with Fat Joe for back royalties and other profits they alleged he screwed the late rapper out of, Tony said you won’t see him air Joe out through the legal system.

“That’s not the type of individual I am,” he explained.

Tony said after leaving Terror Squad, he took a break from music to deal with “the adversities that life hands you,” but said he couldn’t stay away for too long because his art means the world to him.

“Music is all I have,” he said. “And all I know is music. I feel like I had no purpose, so it was a must that I got back to music.”


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