You may remember Lloyd Banks from his successful run as part of east-coast hip-hop group, G-Unit.
The group formed in 1999 and was made up of longtime friends, 50 Cent, Tony Yano, and Mr. Banks. The hip-hop collective has gone through a series of different members and all of the rappers have enjoyed solo careers respectively. Banks made waves of his own in 2004 with the release of his debut solo album, Hunger For More.
Banks left G-Unit officially in 2018 but it's not his departure from the group that has got fans worried. A series of cryptic tweets and one undeniably sad statement released by Banks on his Twitter page has got everyone thinking: what's up with Lloyd Banks?
Frankly, from what he's been posting recently, it seems as though the rapper is going through a tough time.
Either he's going through some sort of mid-life crisis, he's had his heart broken, or he's just feeling a bit sad. Whatever it is, his fans on Twitter have been rallying round to offer their support.
Here's what's gone down...
Lloyd Banks seems to be going through some inner crisis.
During the early days of G-Unit, Banks was shot in the near-fatal attack.In September 2001, when leaving a nightclub in Queens, Banks was shot in the back and stomach. Lloyd reportedly ran all the way to the nearest hospital. He couldn't remember anything except waking up the next day in his hospital bed and watching the terror attacks of 9/11. Speaking to Vice, Banks recalled: "I woke up in the hospital watching the buildings fall down. I thought I was watching Independence Day or some shit."
The success of G-Unit ensued throughout the noughties.The trio enjoyed worldwide success. G-Unit's commercial debut, Beg For Mercy (2003), sold 2.7 million copies in the U.S. and 6 million worldwide. But it wasn't always plain sailing...
In 2004, G-Unit performed on Saturday Night Live.Hosted by Jessica Simpson, the hip-hop group performed on the much-loved American skit show. This appearance on January 17th came at a troubling time for the act. Tony Yayo had spent all of 2013 in prison, after first being caught up with a weapon possession charge in 2002. 50 Cent was also in trouble for being found in possession of a handgun but it was only Yayo who served time after it was discovered that he was already under warrant and had skipped bail. Shortly after being released on January 8th, 2004, Yayo was back in the cells. The rapper was found to have a forged passport and was sent to federal prison.
"Free Yayo."Eminem showed his support for Tony Yayo during his 2003 Grammy Awards performance. The "Cleanin' Out My Closet" hitmaker displayed his views about Yayo's incarceration by wearing a "Free Yayo" t-shirt.
During Yayo's absence, he was replaced by Young Buck.50-Cent recruited Young Buck to take Tony Yayo's place while he was in prison. Buck actually stayed with the group until 2008, however his departure was less than amicable...
50-Cent kicked Young Buck out of the group because of his behavior.In 2008, 50-Cent announced that Young Buck was no longer going to be part of the G-Unit. After unexpectedly calling New York’s Hot 97 radio station, 50 Cent unleased a tirade about his ex-wife before declaring: "You can take this as an official notice right here – pretty much you can say: Young Buck is no longer in the group G-Unit." 50 Cent had made no secret of his less than harmonious relationship with Buck over recent months, so the fact that he had kicked him out wasn't that much of a shock. Buck was rumored to have upset 50 Cent by "excessive spending" and "inconsistent behavior."
Young Buck wasn't the only member to get kicked out of G-Unit.Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known as The Game, became a member of the group around the same time as Buck. It was Dr. Dre and Jeremy Lovine that encouraged 50 Cent to add The Game to the line-up in late 2003. This was perhaps one of the worst working relationships ever. 50 Cent and The Game had a very public love-hate relationship. More hate than love, mind...
Diss tracks, credit disputes, tensions, and shoot-outs.The Game's relationship with G-Unit sure was rocky. Rumors of the tension between 50 Cent and The Game became public knowledge when Taylor released his debut album, The Documentary (2005). 50 Cent was annoyed by the diss tracks and claimed that he deserved credit for at least five of the tracks. So what happened next? The Game showed up at Hot 97 radio studio, along with his entourage. 50 Cent was there with some of the G-Unit entourage and The Game's entourage took fire. Everyone got out unscathed but it sure wasn't friendly... The Game officially left the group in the summer of 2006.
Lloyd Banks didn't exactly keep away from the fighting.Banks makes his tough-side interior pretty clear through his lyrics. If you thought that he wasn't one to get involved in drama, think again... he once rapped: "Even my father knows where the revolver goes… I’ll bring the beef to your front door like Dominoes." And if you still weren't sure whether Banks was up for a fight... how about when he rapped: "You violate, I’m sending you to God.. I’m no peacemaker, that’s my jeweler's job?"
At that time, there was no blood-loss between Banks and The Game.When The Game publicly discussed his battle with depression and how he had previously attempted suicide, Banks made some unsettling comments. Speaking to SOHH about The Game's comments, Banks stated: "I heard he's going to terminate himself so good luck on that. I predicted that too. So, next time you in the dark and you think about blowing your noodles all over your nice little paint, just do it like Nike." Yeesh.
It seems like Banks has been suffering from depression himself over the past couple of years...The thirty-seven-year-old rapper has been concerning fans with his less than positive outlook in recent times.
Not that life has been all bad since he left G-Unit...
Banks has also got a baby-girl.
The Game has also embraced fatherhood.
Lloyd Banks faced some losses over the last couple of years.
The series of cryptic tweets...
Withdrawal— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks)1566873444.0
Wanting to retreat from the public eye?
unwanted attention— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks)1567444090.0
Lloyd Banks has been considerably more private in recent years.
Remember when this happened?Back in 2006, Banks' second album, Rotten Apple, was leaked online. Why? How? Because the rapper had a threesome with two random ladies and woke up to discover that they had stolen the CD with all of the demos on. Addressing the rumors with SOHH Magazine, Banks stated: "Next thing I know, [I] can't find the CD. I'm assuming it had to be from one of those situations when you got too much going on around you. Maybe I'mma just stick to one girl from now on. That's the only explanation that makes sense."
Fans have been requesting new music from Banks.
@Lloydbanks Drop something blue!— Don P. (@Don P.)1566873492.0
Nobody cares about Banks, really?
Let’s be real..ain’t nobody checking for banks anymore https://t.co/SWC7wTnqys— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks)1567656810.0
Not if his fans have anything to say about it!Thousands of Banks fans took to the post and insisted that they all genuinely were interested in what the rapper would make next.
Online distribution company Dat Piff is interested...The company seemed keen to make the rapper a deal that he wouldn't be able to refuse.
"That's a lie!"
@Lloydbanks That’s a lie, there’s tons of people who consider you top 5 all time and can’t wait for more music. Onl… https://t.co/j0vTwp3lHy— Dardante Shtaz M.D. (@Dardante Shtaz M.D.)1567657131.0
Fake news?Twitter user, Carlos Beltran, had no idea why Banks was claiming that he was no longer popular. Beltran was confused because he had seen Banks play to a packed crowd not too long ago.
It's true, Lloyd Banks still draws a crowd.This photo was taken in 2017 and shows Banks perform to a packed crowd at "The Pool After Dark" event at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Fans are confident that Banks' legacy will carry.The rapper's fans do not believe for a second that his work will be forgotten... even if Banks seems to think so.
Whatever he's going through...
@Lloydbanks I hope you've been reading all the responses to this tweet. You see that a lot of people still care and… https://t.co/41b9dbc7nH— Sermon (@Sermon)1567714858.0
Banks has swiftly changed his tune.
One sarcastic tweet did all of this? Lol calm the F%#k down— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks)1567791306.0
"Lol my bad!"
Lol my bad..was just joking! Interacting with the ppl https://t.co/TRNnl0qEJ0— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks)1567707630.0