News: Lloyd Banks Co-Signs "We Are The World" Remake, "It Doesn't Disappoint Me They Had Rap In It"
Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 11:25AM
G-Unit's Lloyd Banks has shared his reaction to the star-studded remake of "We Are The World" and explained how the disaster in Haiti really hit close to home for him.
Banks has close connections with Haitians including the Unit's Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid.
"To be honest with you, I'm very aware of the record and how big the record was. It doesn't disappoint me they had rap in it now. It's kids out there that never heard the record to begin with. I can't say they messed the record up. If anything, they brought it to a new audience... Actually, when I had first came back from jail, I seen that," he explained in an interview. "It was the first thing I saw in the airport. It really bothered me. People was sending me stuff through the phone; [pictures] of people lined up dead. It really bothered me. From that point on, I was like, 'Whatever I could do [to help], I'll be there. A concert or whatever.' I have a lot of close friends that are Haitian, including Sha Money XL, Tony Yayo, Whoo Kid and some of my guys from the street. It's like, 'D*mn, they got family members they still haven't heard from to this day.' I wouldn't know what I would do in that situation. My heart goes out to all those people who lost somebody." (MTV)
Yayo previously allowed his voice to be heard through Twitter regarding the event.
"Text 90999 for Red Cross Relief. Text 501 501 to donate $5 thru YELE. For more info visit www.yele.org Thanks once again to everyone supporting Haiti For more Haiti Relief info visit worldvision.org, carmafoundation.org, unicef.com, sirius.com/haiti, & xmradio.com/haiti For more Haiti Relief info visit worldvision.org, carmafoundation.org, unicef.com, sirius.com/haiti, & xmradio.com/haiti Tony Yayo & DJ Whoo Kidd plus more discuss Haiti on Sirius Radiohttp://www.thisis50.com/profiles/blogs/tony-yayo-dj-whoo-kid-more-1 Text 501 501 to donate $5 thru YELE. For more info visit www.yele.org Thanks once again to everyone supporting Haiti." (Tony Yayo's Twitter)
The disaster also forced Fabolous to put off releasing his upcoming There Is No Competition 2 mixtape.
"I appreciate everyone lookin 4 & forward to #TiNc2.. It will b #classic.. But in light of the haiti tradegy imma hold of til end of Jan.," Fab wrote via Twitter on Tuesday (January 19). "Its very sad & tragic, & tho I has previously scheduled 2 release it, don't feel good bout talkin "funeral" n these times. Patience 4 #TiNc2 Its only a week, 10 days at most.. And its crazy.. Anyone who's heard any of the #TiNc2 mixtape please vouch that its crazy!" (Fabolous' Twitter)
Rap mogul Diddy also spoke on how the earthquake impacted his life.
"Words can't explain how heavy my heart has been since the earthquake happened, how so much pain I think we've all been in just watching the images, how helpless you feel," Diddy explained in his recording. "Even if you donate, we have to keep donating money, I've donated money, please keep donating money -- this is gonna be a long journey. It's not gonna stop here, news is like what's going on this week. This is something we're gonna have to pay attention to for years. These are people we are gonna have to help for years. We're gonna have to find the passion in our hearts to always be there for them -- let us pray, let us tap into our belief in God, I don't care if you're Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, that one God that you believe in, let's give our Haitian brothers and sisters that extra twenty minutes on our knees..." (Diddy's Blog)
Check out Diddy speaking in-depth about Haiti below: