It’s been nearly ten years since G-Unit first exploded onto the hip-hop scene & single-handedly changed the game with their mixtape-heavy promotions, gangsta rap-with-pop-appeal, & of course, “Get Rich or Die Trying.” And while 50 Cent is now officially a part of the pop culture zeitgeist, his G-Unit co-hort Lloyd Banks is more of the dark horse — think of Banks as the Kool G Rap of the modern hip-hop generation.
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Needless to say, Banks is often cited by many rappers as an influence, especially because of his almost-Shakespearean punchlines. One such rapper is Trinidad James, whose “All Gold Everything” has been certified gold, and has experienced remixes from the likes of T.I. & 2 Chainz. James recently told SOHH that he respects the “Punchline King,” and cites him as an influence on his work. “Banks, that dude is amazing to me,” James said. “He’s a super good rapper. He’s actually got one of the hardest lines I’ve ever heard in my life. He said something about, ‘I’m from Bankhead, where the Bankhead make this b*tch bounce. Give Banks head and then that b*tch can bounce.’ I was like whoa! You gotta think about it. I’m in Atlanta and this New York, up north dude just did the hardest Bankhead line that I’ve ever heard, outside of Atlanta. I was like, ‘Ah man, this sh*t is hard as h*ll.'”
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