Lloyd Banks, is an American rapper and member of the rap group G-Unit.
Banks was born in New Carrollton, Maryland and raised in Queens, New York City; he is of mixed Puerto Rican and African American descent. His father spent most of Lloyd’s childhood in prison, leaving his mother to raise him and his two siblings. Lloyd attended August Martin High School. For his stage name, he took his great, great-grandfather’s name Banks, which was passed on by his uncles who also shared it.
He dropped out of high school and joined G-Unit in 2003 with fellow rappers 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck. G-Unit released two albums, Beg for Mercy in 2003 and T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight) in 2008. Banks released his first solo album The Hunger for More in 2004 with the top ten single « On Fire ». He followed with Rotten Apple in 2006 and left Interscope Records in 2009.
In 2004, Banks was awarded 2004’s Mixtape artist of the Year at the Mixtape Awards.
In 2005, « On Fire » was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance. In 2006, « Touch It [Remix] » was nominated for Hip-Hop Video of the Year, and won for Best Collaboration at the BET Awards. The award was shared by Banks and his collaborators, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Papoose, and DMX. In 2010 with the excitement surrounding the release of H.F.M. 2 (Hunger for More 2) and his return to Hip-Hop’s spotlight Hip-Hop news website HipHopDX wrote that Banks had the « Comeback of the Year ».
He reunited with G-Unit for a brand new album in 2014.
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