No one Twitter should have all that power.
Back in August, [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] exchanged messages with Justin Bieber over Twitter, and the rapper/producer ended up remixing the teen's "Runaway Love" with Raekwon. Now, West and [artist id="1245018"]Lloyd Banks[/artist] have locked in together after the "Power" rapper complimented the G-Unit MC's abilities on Twitter, calling Banks one of the most underrated artists in hip-hop.
Last week, West released "Christian Dior Denim Flow," featuring Banks, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Pusha T and Ryan Leslie. And on Thursday (October 7), Banks dropped his new record, "Start It Up," featuring West, Fabolous, Leslie and Swizz Beatz.
"The whole Kanye thing happened, it was shortly after the tweet that he wrote, the comment he made about me being underrated and should be in everybody's top five," Banks told MTV News over the phone Thursday. "We read that statement, and it kind of took off on its own. I definitely appreciated that. Just for him to say that opens up the eyes that have been watching him [to me]. And from there, it made sense to go into the studio with him. Shortly after that, we went into the studio."
"Start It Up" is slated for Banks' next album, The Hunger for More 2, set to be released on G-Unit/EMI. In the past, the G-Unit artist recorded mostly within his crew, from 50 Cent to Tony Yayo to Eminem. But since the success of "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley," featuring Juelz Santana, the rapper is now opening up his circle of collaborators.
For "Start It Up," the track was originally scheduled to just feature Banks and Fabolous but soon swelled to a larger composition.
"That was one of the last joints I recorded for my album," Banks explained. "Originally it was me and Fab, then I got Kanye, then Swizz was in the city and so was Ryan.
"The difference from that track being me and Fab and having Kanye was 24 hours," he added. "I didn't have it for a minute. We did it recently."
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