Three years ago, 50 Cent and Kanye West went toe-to-toe in a SoundScan battle over who would sell more albums during the first week of release.
West's Graduation proved to be the winner, but on November 22, when the Chicago rapper releases My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, another member of 50's crew will have a project next to Ye's on the shelves: Lloyd Banks' The Hunger for More 2.
This time, however, there's no billing of a Roc/G-Unit rematch of any sorts — 50 is content to let Banks live on his own.
"This is his Independence Day," 50 told MTV News. "Not just selling his CD independently, because he's operating on my pocket, so it's not the traditional independent budget. But just him being on his own. I consciously stayed away from the record more to create a strong distance, so people would identify with his talent on this actual project. And the timing was amazing, 'cause Kanye has been watching him."
The G-Unit boss was referring to West's Twitter message over the summer stating that Banks was among the most underrated MCs in hip-hop. Banks and West subsequently collaborated on a pair of tracks, West's "Christian Dior Denim Flow" and Banks' "Start It Up."
The latter appears on Banks' album, while West's number was a part of his G.O.O.D. Friday music series.
Banks recently insisted there was never any tension between 50 Cent and West, revealing future collaborations between the two are on deck.
Fif, for his part, teased a remix to Banks' "Start It Up" featuring the G.O.O.D. Friday crew.
"There's another version," he said of the track that already features Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie and Fabolous. "You'll get to hear us collaborate more."