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[New York Times + Prefixmag] "Lloyd Banks Is The Most Important Rapper From New York"
 

 

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Fabolous, wearing a bow tie clipped to his T-shirt and backed by a live band, was pleasant but perfunctory. He was outshone by Lloyd Banks, who may have stealthily become the most important rapper in New York — last year his “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” was a local anthem; this year he’s got “Start It Up.” It’s worth noting that major labels have done little for these two: Mr. Banks’s success came after parting ways with Interscope, and Fabolous’s recent surge has been completely on the back of his mixtapes.
The purest New York moment of the night came during Mr. Banks’s set, when Mobb Deep emerged with “Shook Ones Pt. II.” Ten years ago Jay-Z used the Summer Jam bully pulpit to attack Prodigy of Mobb Deep, showing a childhood picture of that rapper dressed for dance class in a leotard. Prodigy’s emergence here — after a recent stint in prison, and with Jay-Z nowhere in sight — was a small piece of turf reclaimed.

The Atlanta strip-club hip-hop comers Travis Porter appeared briefly during the Diplomats set, to perform maybe one-third of its irresistible, buoyant hit “Make It Rain.” “Racks,” by YC (featuring Future), got a couple of brief spins from D.J.’s throughout the night, as did “Novacane,” by the Odd Future-affiliated singer-rapper Frank Ocean, though neither artist was in attendance. Jeremih came out to sing “I Don’t Deserve You” with Lloyd Banks, but got a better response for the few bars of his driving 50 Cent collaboration “Down on Me” that he tacked on the end.

Even if his set couldn’t match the excitement of Lil Wayne running in as his backing band played “A Milli” or the awesomeness of seeing an entire stadium full of people simultaneously do the Jim Jones “We Fly High” dance, Lloyd Banks’s time on stage might have been most representative of the event as a whole. He was great. He played all the hits from “On Fire” to “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley” and used his homefield advantage to bring out a small festival’s worth of friends (Including Mobb Deep, who came out for “Shook Ones (Part II)” and “Quiet Storm” and inspired a rush ofpeople from the second level to the field). R&B singer Lloyd stole the show for a minute when he joined Banks for “Any Girl,” then proceeded to take off his shirt in the process of some a cappella crooning. Ryan Leslie, out for “So Forgetful,” wore leather pants and funny sunglasses.
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But there was also of an odd sense of malaise, particularly during Banks’s supposed throwbacks, “Warrior” and “On Fire.” Were these songs really released over seven years ago? Had he not announced them as his official “these are for my true fans” songs, those less familiar with the Queens MC might have easily mistook them for new material, jams that could fit into a 2011 radio playlist no questions asked. You couldn’t help but ask yourself if there has ever been a less creative seven-year interval in (New York) hip-hop? Is that even a question?



50 Cent wasn’t there to help out Jeremih, or, for that matter, to help out Mr. Banks, his protégé. This year’s Summer Jam marked a generational shift in hip-hop power, away from Jay-Z, 50 Cent and even, to a degree, from Kanye West, to a younger and more Southern cavalcade of stars, for whom Summer Jam, far from home, is just one more stage to conquer.

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86 comments for "NY Times Crowns Him "Most Important Rapper In New York""

 7 years ago '10        #2
HolyFatherSteve 853 heat pts853 OP
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Pow The only hating n*gga to not give banks his props was that f*ggot Jeff rosenthal, I hope he chokes on the d!ck those 3 homos3xual "brothers" over there love so much

Itsthereal lol
 06-06-2011, 12:44 PM         #3
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Banks is nice but I dont think hes the most important
 06-06-2011, 12:47 PM         #4
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lmao nobody listens to Banks...how is he important, smh ...New York is thirsty as hell
 7 years ago '10        #5
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 Mr Triton said:
Banks is nice but I dont think hes the most important
Then who is? Jay& 50 don't have any new sh*t out right now...

I guess you could say Nicki Minaj but she doesn't rep ny like that
 7 years ago '10        #6
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 braided_uppimp said:
lmao nobody listens to Banks...how is he important, smh ...New York is thirsty as hell
700k people like BBB enough to purchase it and everyone said banks k!lled summer jam, even known haters lol so....
 06-06-2011, 01:03 PM         #7
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 MajorD said:
Then who is? Jay& 50 don't have any new sh*t out right now...

I guess you could say Nicki Minaj but she doesn't rep ny like that

trill talk mayne it is Nicki Minaj but she got 2 thangs goin against her


1. signed to a southern label wit da biggest southern artist

2. she a bi*ch... i mean when female rappers ever been considered a major regional rep?


meanwhile da bi*ch do rep NY, Queens specifically all on her album, interviews etc. naw it aint Banks mayne thats jus delusional thinkin right there mayne. funny as it sound she da kang of NY wit all respect due to da legends who done transcended rap like Jay & Nas
 7 years ago '08        #8
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 braided_uppimp said:
lmao nobody listens to Banks...how is he important, smh ...New York is thirsty as hell
n*gga everybody n ny listens 2 banks
 7 years ago '10        #9
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 Marvin Hagler said:
trill talk mayne it is Nicki Minaj but she got 2 thangs goin against her


1. signed to a southern label wit da biggest southern artist

2. she a bi*ch... i mean when female rappers ever been considered a major regional rep?


meanwhile da bi*ch do rep NY, Queens specifically all on her album, interviews etc. naw it aint Banks mayne thats jus delusional thinkin right there mayne. funny as it sound she da kang of NY wit all respect due to da legends who done transcended rap like Jay & Nas
Nas hasnt transcended rap lol, he a rap legend for sure but will Becky sue be more likey to know him or 50?.....

And yeah I guess nicki is the king of ny right now, Banks is 1st for heteros3xual males
 7 years ago '10        #10
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banks is all we have in ny right now
 7 years ago '09        #11
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 kawgre12 said:
banks is all we have in ny right now
 7 years ago '05        #12
Str8 outta Cuse 5 heat pts
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Banks is top 5 right now easily.
 7 years ago '10        #13
HolyFatherSteve 853 heat pts853 OP
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 Akira Son Bio said:
No one cares for Banks right now
How can you save that when every magazine and reviewer are saying he had the best set last night? Lol
 06-06-2011, 03:31 PM         #14
Master P 
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PLK all u northerners got, hold up maybe Juelz, Maino or Uncle Murda will release a 5 mic classic
 06-06-2011, 03:39 PM         #15
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 Marvin Hagler said:
trill talk mayne it is Nicki Minaj but she got 2 thangs goin against her


1. signed to a southern label wit da biggest southern artist

2. she a bi*ch... i mean when female rappers ever been considered a major regional rep?


meanwhile da bi*ch do rep NY, Queens specifically all on her album, interviews etc. naw it aint Banks mayne thats jus delusional thinkin right there mayne. funny as it sound she da kang of NY wit all respect due to da legends who done transcended rap like Jay & Nas
naw shawty i dun gots ta say dat da boi jigga mayne is currantly da most impatant rappa frum da ny. fallawed by nas

minaj, shawty jist cawny
 06-06-2011, 03:40 PM         #16
Infamous B 
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but on the real, at least half the new york n*ggas that came out in the last 10 years have been lame as hell. big apple fell off.
 7 years ago '05        #17
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Yup but of course n*ggaz is gonna continue to front and act like he dont deserve that multi platinum spot.

And here in front of everybody this n*gga put on a better show than all the so called "hot rappers of the moment". n*ggaz is fu*king stupid and dont know what showmanship is.

Banks demonstrated that and n*ggaz still dont understand a good thing when they see it...
 06-06-2011, 03:52 PM         #18
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 MajorD said:
Nas hasnt transcended rap lol, he a rap legend for sure but will Becky sue be more likey to know him or 50?.....

And yeah I guess nicki is the king of ny right now, Banks is 1st for heteros3xual males


i say he transcended NY rap becuz his focus has broadened wit age. he's at a point in his career where that KONY sh*t aint even important to him, he's thinkin world music as evidenced wit the Damian Marley project


and well all got our opinions on Nicki artistic merit but it cant be denied that she's da biggest non mogul NY artist at da moment
 06-06-2011, 03:55 PM         #19
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 Infamous B said:
naw shawty i dun gots ta say dat da boi jigga mayne is currantly da most impatant rappa frum da ny. fallawed by nas

minaj, shawty jist cawny

awready spoke on Jay & Nas who we all know are legends. but as far as this era of younger/newer artists in a youth driven market, Nicki is bigger than Lloyd Banks. which wuz da whole objective of this thread jus to keep it in perspective
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Summer Jam 2011 was held yesterday (June 5) in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

More than 50,000 people turned out to see Lil Wayne, Drake, Birdman, Young Money, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Lloyd Banks, Dipset, Wiz Khalifa, and Waka Flocka perform.

The New York Times showed up to review the event. They ended up being less than impressed with most of the acts, except a few.

Ross got the hardest, his set was merged into the end of Lil Wayne's for some reason. The Times said the rapper looked: "mid-’90s-Versace-esque shirt unzippered; belly and brea$ts dangling; arms flailing as if he were in reverie."

None of the other acts seem to stand out either, but Banks was given you a glowing review. Both for his performance and steady rise to the top of the New York rap scene.

[Lloyd Banks] may have stealthily become the most important rapper in New York — last year his “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” was a local anthem; this year he’s got “Start It Up.” It’s worth noting that major labels have done little for these two: Mr. Banks’s success came after parting ways with Interscope.

The purest New York moment of the night came during Mr. Banks’s set, when Mobb Deep emerged with “Shook Ones Pt. II.” Ten years ago Jay-Z used the Summer Jam bully pulpit to attack Prodigy of Mobb Deep, showing a childhood picture of that rapper dressed for dance class in a leotard. Prodigy’s emergence here — after a recent stint in prison, and with Jay-Z nowhere in sight — was a small piece of turf reclaimed.

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