First [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] recruited [artist id="1245018"]Lloyd Banks[/artist] for his [article id="1649207"]"Christian Dior Denim Flow,"[/article] and then the two MCs collaborated again on the [article id="1649548"]G-Unit rapper's "Start It Up."[/article]
After recording two songs together — with a bevy of featured guests like Ryan Leslie, Fabolous, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend and Swizz Beatz — could the pair soon be onboard for a number that also includes Yeezy foe 50 Cent?
Well, yes, a 'Ye/Fif banger will soon see the light of day, according to Banks.
"We don't got that record on [article id="1645737"]The Hunger for More 2,[/article] we want to balance it out," Banks told MTV News. "But we got more projects coming. [article id="1645759"]50 got a project[/article], Yayo got a project, there's plenty of projects and space for it to happen. On my album, we got 'Start It Up' to set it off."
The Queens lyricist explained his newfound penchant for collaborating outside the G-Unit family, from the Juelz Santana-assisted "Beamer, Benz or Bentley" to his Kanye offerings. Banks said his past collabos were limited to his circle because of the success the Shady/Aftermath camp was enjoying at the time. Now, as he looks to establish his solo star, he's realizing that different artists represent artistic options he wants to tap.
"Nothing stays the same and this kind of change ... a lot of people are looking at it like the collaborations are happening all of a sudden," he said. "But it's because when we first came out in the industry we had such a big umbrella that if you needed a feature you didn't have to look too far. If you needed an R&B feature, Nate Dogg was there. Or Snoop was there if you need a weed record; Buck was down South. We had so much under the umbrella that I didn't need to look outside the circle. The collaborations, specifically the New York ones, are important, especially if we want to get back in the position that we should be."
What do you think of Banks reaching out to MCs beyond the G-Unit camp? Is it good for hip-hop? Tell us in the comments!