By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Matt Elias
When Lloyd Banks stopped by "RapFix Live" a few weeks ago, he mentioned something many rap fans wanted to hear—Kanye West and 50 Cent would most likely collaborate. However, when MTV News caught up with Fif on the set of "Down on Me," his song with Jeremih, the G-Unit general had his own news to share.
"Lloyd Banks' next single 'I Don't Deserve You,' " said 50 Cent. "It's serious."
The female-friendly track features Jeremih who called the song something "to cruise to."
Banks shared several tracks from his new LP, HFM2 (Hunger For More 2), which hit shelves on Monday (November 22), during his "RapFix Live" chat with Sway. After introducing "Take Em To War" featuring Tony Yayo and "Sooner Or Later (Die 1 Day)" featuring Raekwon, Sway convinced the MC to debut another cut, "Father Time," right here on RapFix. According to 50, this Banks album is a flag in the ground for the MC in some ways.
"Banks' project ... this is his Independence Day," said 50. "And not just selling the CD independently, because he's operating on my pocket, so it's not the traditional independent budget but him just being on his own. I consciously stayed away from the record more to create a stronger distance so people would identify with his talent on this actual project."
Few bosses are able to shy away from the spotlight, a point MTV Jams' Tuma Basa mentioned during our Hottest MCs in the Game discussion on Banks. But Banks has taken his time alone and crafted some rare G-Unit collaborations considering the pack used to be a bit exclusive to many in hip-hop. But Banks' current mixshow single "Start It Up" proves the Queens native is stepping into a new realm.
"It was great, the timing was amazing, because Kanye's ... been watching him," said 50. " 'Start It Up' with Kanye and Swizz Beatz on it and Fabolous and everybody. It's other music artists on it from G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye's label, so they'll get a chance to hear us collaborate more."
Is Banks creating a bridge between G-Unit and the rest of hip-hop? Yes. And we applaud his work.
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