LLOYD BANKS

LLOYD

 Lloyd Banks is unsatisfied. Unsatisfied, despite having an incredibly successful 2003.

A 2003 where he was crowned the street's number one artist, appeared on the year's top-selling record, and sold another two million-plus copies of an album with his own rap troupe.

 Lloyd Banks is so unsatisfied he's titled his G Unit/Interscope Records debut The Hunger For More


Lloyd Banks was born Christopher Lloyd twenty-two years ago and raised in Jamaica, Queens. "My mom is Puerto Rican, my pops is black," he informs. "It was kinda like when I was with my mother's side of the family I was the bad seed, I was the one who was most unlikely to succeed. And then when I was with the black side of the family, I was the angel, because all my uncles are career felons." His parents were young and never married. And his father, who choose to pursue tax-free income on the streets, spent more time behind bars then he did with his son. That left his mother to raise a young man who was close to six feet tall by the 6th grade and who started sprouting facial hair in his early teens. "My mother showed me everything," Banks says. "When I was in the third grade, she took a cucumber and showed me how to put the condom on." Like many kids in the inner city his age, Banks sought to escape the poverty and death of his environment.

Early on he took to writing various musings-ghetto poetry, loose narratives; nothing quite structured, though he was influenced by rap gods like Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. "I listened to Big Daddy Kane a lot, cause that's what my pops listened to," he says. Banks' favorite songs were Rick's "Young World" and Kane's "Smooth Operator," and "Ain't No Half-Steppin'." High school didn't agree with Banks, so he dropped out before his 16th birthday. The freewriting he had been doing had morphed into full-fledged rhymes, but that was a secret. Banks appeared on local mixtapes becoming one of the neighborhood's best unsigned rappers. His only competition was a childhood friend named Tony Yayo. One day, Tony, along with another childhood friend who rapped under the name 50 Cent, approached Banks with the idea of becoming a group. If Banks wanted to be down, he could be part of the crew that they were calling G Unit. Banks was down.


Fronted by 50 Cent, the G Unit quickly redefined the urban music industry. They produced a series of street albums with original numbers and high quality artwork, making the discs something more than a bootleg, but not quite an independent release. 50 Cent was soon signed to Shady/Aftermath/ Interscope Records and released the instantly classic, record breaking Get Rich Or Die Tryin', on which Banks was featured. Then came G Unit's Beg For Mercy, which was still riding high in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 after four months on the shelves. Though these successes allowed Lloyd Banks to tour the world multiple times over, one accomplishment means a bit more than all the rest: Earlier this year, Banks was anointed as 2003's Mixtape Artist of the Year due to his appearance on G Unit mixtapes as well as his own Money in the Bank series. "I take pride in that cause I'm not qualified for a MTV Awards or a Vibe Awards or Grammys or any of that yet," says Banks. "I got my name through the mixtapes."

Working twice as hard and still hungry.







 

 

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