News: Lloyd Banks Looks Beyond Music, "We're In Talks Right Now For My Own Reality Show"

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 4:35PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit's Lloyd Banks recently spoke on his career outside of music and hinted at an upcoming reality show and a possible movie.

With two albums in, Banks talked about taking his talent beyond the studio.

"We are in talks right now for my own reality show," Banks revealed in an interview. "I don't know man...if that becomes a go then I'll definitely take that approach. You'll definitely see me on the screen soon. I have some scripts and things on the table. I'm a writer also so I like to create my own thing too. As an artist I don't want to limit myself, I want to write the screen and produce it and everything too...Me as an artist and as a fan of hip-hop I'd be more excited to hear a Lloyd Banks album, than to see a Lloyd Banks movie. Maybe as I get older...When these [Dr. Dre and Eminem's] albums came out, they were around my age, so it's hard to take me and put me in the shoes of some of these guys. They've already been in the game for over 10 years. Maybe down the line." (Hip Hop Canada)

Fellow New York rapper Maino also recently hinted at a reality show he has in the works.

"It's 90 percent solidified," he said. "This is why I haven't really spoke on it because it's not etched in stone yet. But there's something reality-based and around MTV 'ish. It's about a white dude, he doesn't come from my culture. He doesn't understand the rap game, he doesn't understand what it means to be a rapper everyday. He lives with me and tries to like, understand what goes on in our world...Nothing I do is scripted. So if you see smack somebody then maybe it's really going down." (Shade 45 Lip Service)

Banks has been making his rounds as of late via the mixtape circuit, for which he claimed was partially motivated by Lil Wayne.

"I would lie to say it doesn't," Banks said regarding Wayne's motivation. 'You need something -- it's right there plain in your face. I always felt like that was the formula, like that was the structure I needed to be successful. It's just like the record label looks at it like you're over-saturating. They don't understand the freestyle. They don't make any money off of the freestyle. Anything that they don't make money off of, it doesn't make sense. That's why I had to get away from it. You can't tell me this shit doesn't make sense when this is what got me sittin' in your office. We've done it! We've made it possible for Wayne to understand that formula, and he took it and ran with it!" (Hip Hop DX)

No longer an Interscope solo artist, Banks is currently shopping for a new record deal.

"I'm not a solo artist on Interscope," he said in an interview. "I'm pretty sure in the next couple of months it will probably be inked out. There are a lot of things on the table right now and this is 50 [Cent's] last album requirement for Interscope Records. We'll be in negotiations at some point with him and as a whole in the very near future...As far as contracts go, I'm not going to be signing no 360, five album deal. I got offers right now for one album and things of that nature. Overall experience and how much time you have to dabble with will determine what you get into...I probably got 80 to 90 records in preparation so when I finish my next mixtape I'm going to only focus on my new album and put the finishing touches on that." (Hip Hop Game)

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