Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of October 2016?
At the beginning of August, less than two weeks after Everybody Looking, Gucci Mane announced that Woptober would be his follow-up album, basically claiming the month of October for himself. Little did he know that the month would be filled with top-notch projects from his peers; to be fair, Woptober is still in the running for the month's best, though it's a tight race.
From roughly 2002-2006, there was no rap crew more respected and more popular than G-Unit. Comprised of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and eventually Young Buck, G-Unit rose to prominence on the strength of their vivid, swaggering, numerous songs about their exploits running the perilous streets of Southside Queens.
10 Essential Lloyd Banks Tracks
Lloyd Banks was 22 when he released his debut album The Hunger For More in 2004, one year after 50 Cent's monumental debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Banks had already forged a reputation as the Punchline King, and he was G-Unit's undisputed next-up. He felt like the next big thing in rap.
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of September 2016?
September 2016 is no more. It was a good month, a month that gave us much new music as we could handle. September 2016 saw the release of dozens of quality hip hop and R&B albums and mixtapes. We whittled these down to what we believe to be the twelve most significant releases of the month, and we want your help to decide which project was the absolute best. Here are the twelve:
Staff Picks Playlist (September 30)
A whole heap of new music came through at the end of this week, including albums from Danny Brown, Dave East, DJ Mustard, and Solange. Those each deserve repeat spins, but for a recap of all that surfaced in the hip-hop world over the past week -- one that shows just how expansive the genre is today -- then press play on our latest Staff Picks SoundCloud playlist.
The Game's 5 Best Diss Tracks
The Game's fallout with 50 Cent shortly after the release of The Documentary in 2005 led him to release not one, not two, but dozens of diss tracks against 50 and G-Unit. While Game has taken shots at other rappers -- and non-rappers ("I'd kick David Beckham's ass on any given day") -- roughly 97% percent of his diss tracks have attempted to humiliate and emasculate G-Unit. In light of Game's new Meek Mill diss track "92 Bars," let us revisit five of the most memorable diss tracks released over the course of his prolific diss career.
Lloyd Banks Announces "All Or Nothing: Live It Up" Mixtape Release Date
Lloyd Banks doesn't drop tapes too often anymore, so it's always a big deal when he does. Fans of the G-Unit rapper will be happy to hear that his upcoming All Or Nothing: Live It Up mixtape with DJ Drama now has an official release date, and they'll only have about a week's wait until the music arrives.
Lloyd Banks Announces New Mixtape "AON: Live It Up"
Lloyd Banks is not nearly as he was in the mid-00s, when his debut album The Hunger For More sold nearly half a million copies in its first week. He hasn't really fallen off, though he has certainly released far less material. Before last year's Halloween Havoc 2, the last tape he released was 2013's F.N.O.
50 Cent Says The Game & Lloyd Banks' Instagram Photo Was For Publicity
The Game recently attended a club party in Hollywood that was hosted by 50 Cent, perhaps a sign that their decade-old beef might finally be coming to an end.
The Game Explains Lloyd Banks Photo, Says He Talks To Young Buck Regularly
The Game and Lloyd Banks took a photo together in Dubai last night, and 50 Cent has already shared and deleted some thoughts about it.
50 Cent Reacts To The Game & Lloyd Banks Taking A Picture Together
Wednesday night, The Game gave us a big surprise on Instagram, posting up a photo of himself and Lloyd Banks kicking it in Dubai. Of course, this was a big deal because Game and G-Unit haven't exactly been cool since their falling out about a decade ago.
The Game & Lloyd Banks Reunite In Dubai
It’s been years since The Game has been amicable with his former crew, but it appears it’s not everyone from G-Unit crew that he's had a problem with. While out in Dubai this week, the Los Angeles Confidential ran by his former G-Unit homie Lloyd Banks and ended up taking a picture with him, which he just posted on Instagram. The caption simpy read “Still,” which should make any rap fan from the 00’s very happy to see.
#TBT: Lloyd Banks' Early Singles
It's been about 11 years since Lloyd Banks began releasing a string of platinum singles for his debut album The Hunger For More. The Queens-born MC took the game over with those cuts: "On Fire," "I'm So Fly," and "Karma." Banks didn't slow down for about a decade, marking an unforgettable run that has to be given tribute with a Throwback Thursday.
Lloyd Banks Reveals "Halloween Havoc 2" Mixtape Tracklist
Lloyd Banks has been quiet for too long, so fans will be happy to hear that the G-Unit rapper is dropping a new mixtape later today. After teasing the possibility of the sequel back in 2012, Banks is now delivering on his promise of the Halloween Havoc 2 mixtape, the follow-up to his 2008 project.
Is Lloyd Banks Finally Dropping His "Halloween Havoc 2" Mixtape?
Lloyd Banks is quick to announce projects, but not as quick to deliver on the promise. The G-Unit rapper hinted at a sequel to his Halloween Havoc mixtape way back in 2012, and so far, we've seen no sign of it.
Lloyd Banks Says That "Cold Corner 3" Will Be A Commercial Release
The last time we heard from Lloyd Banks, it was during the G-Unit press run for The Beast Is G-Unit. At that time (back in March), the Punchline King confirmed that Cold Corner 3 was indeed still happening, but that's about where the information started and ended.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
Who Had The Better Verse: Fabolous Vs. Lloyd Banks
New York has always had a strong lineage of lyrical rappers. The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Rakim, and Jay Z cultivated New York Rap with their lyrical candor and unblemished wordplay. While some tried to follow the blueprint of these rap aficionados, many failed. Despite there being a dearth of lyrical rappers representing NY, Fabolous and Lloyd Banks have undoubtedly left their marks. Neither is loud and boisterous, but each pack huge punches within their arsenal. When both men collide on a record, all you hear are #bars, making it pretty difficult to gauge who out-rapped the other.
Lloyd Banks Confirms "Cold Corner 3" Still In The Works, Speaks On "Hot Nigga" Beat
You might recall that two years ago, Lloyd Banks announced Cold Corner 3, and at the time, he said it could drop in two weeks time. Well, two weeks has definitely gone and went, and no sign of Cold Corner 3.
G-Unit Talks "The Beast Is G-Unit" EP, Fake Love From Other Rappers
G-Unit is out on the road promotion their new EP The Beauty Of Independence. Stopping by Connecticut's Hot 9.31, Buck, Banks, Yayo and Kidd Kidd, addressed why their new projects don't have guest features. “I know a lot of [the love] is not genuine... I think a lot of it really is genuine when it comes from the fans,” Young Buck said. “From the artists, nah, I don’t know. It’s like I didn’t see none of you dudes rooting to try to get G-Unit back together when we were not together.”