G-Unit‘s Lloyd Banks recently opened up about apologizing to former Murder Inc. artist Ashanti for targeting her in his group’s 2002 beef against the label.
According to the “Punch Line King,” she was an indirect target and called out merely due to her association with Murder Inc.
“I had a chance to talk to Ashanti over the telephone,” Banks said in an interview. “I mean, my reasoning for apologizing, I just felt like I should. Even at the time when we were going back and forth in that feud with Murder Inc., she wasn’t speaking. She wasn’t throwing shots or anything. I think if you’re a part of the game then you should get played. At that time, she just was on the roster, so I just felt like it would be cool for me to just apologize for some of the things that were done in the past. Even though it was done in hip-hop, it wasn’t anything personal. It just felt that I should do that.” (BET)
Banks previously revealed making an apology to the songstress.
“Ashanti was in the mix over there, she was like the R&B one,” Banks said when briefly discussing G-Unit’s 2002 beef with Murder Inc. “Yeah, I actually spoke to her and apologized for some of the things I’ve said in the past before I even let the conversation go anywhere, first off. I was thinking about it, somebody brought it to my attention. We were groomed to go off like that at that point. Anybody would have got it. But we’re past that.” (Rap Fix)
Banks’ “What Goes Around,” which dropped around 2003, name checked Ashanti.
“I’m in the hood cause I’m hood/You in the hood cause you ain’t got no choice/Your top seller gettin’ sticked for his shine/Either I’m blind, or Ashanti’s sideburns is thicker than mine.” (“What Goes Around”)
Around 2003, Ashanti said she hoped the beef between Murder Inc and G-Unit would come to an end.
“I wish that it would cease,” Ashanti says about the controversy surrounding her team. “It’s very unfortunate. I hope it’s peaked now. Who wants to be bothered with all that? I have nothing to do with anything. I don’t want my guys involved with anything. We’re peaceful people, it’s all about the peace.” (MTV)
Check out a recent Lloyd Banks interview below: