G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks is not satisfied with being just an emcee these days and has revealed an intent to try his hand at producing.
The “Punch Line King” cites rappers/producers like Dr. Dre and Kanye West for mastering both crafts.
“One of the biggest things I want to do is I want to produce. As far as sounds. I kind of know what’s missing or what would even just sound dope in certain places. I’m also learning how to alter my voice a lot, and use it different ways. But I know there’s so much more I can do. I think you can’t be the best artist you can be, like completely overall, until you’re able to dictate the pace of your music. And the only way you do that is to be able to create the beat. So artists like Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kanye West are the best for a reason. They don’t have to wait to get a beat from whoever the hot beat maker is. They create it.” (All Hip Hop)
Banks recently named his personal five favorite hip-hop producers.
“One of the first questions [XXL] asked me is my top five producers of all-time,” Banks said in his video blog. “I definitely gotta start with Dr. Dre. His beats have been influential, you can’t even put an amount, probably one of the first vinyls I had [was from Dre] — so that was crazy. Just to be able to rap over all those [instrumentals]. I would carry that around because I loved the production so much — I definitely gotta say Swizz Beatz. I gotta put him up there, he’s done countless hits over and over again so definitely Swizz Beatz. I enjoy Kanye West, what he’s brought to the game, his production is crazy — Havoc from Mobb Deep is definitely one of my personal favorites. I just feel the sound he captures, ah man, it just brings me back to when I first got into rap…DJ Premier, DJ Premier brings me back to that 1990’s feel so I definitely gotta put him in there and there’s a lot more producers, but I haven’t worked with y’all so y’all don’t get a shout-out ’til I do.” (XXL Mag)
Despite his producing dreams, hitmaker Bangladesh named Banks SOHH Underrated.
“I don’t know what’s going on with [G-Unit], but if I had Lloyd, I would use him differently. Lloyd Banks is a good writer. I don’t know if he does hooks and ghost writes but there’s a lot of ways he could use his skills. Lloyd’s got a talent that he can go far with and he’s really a dope rapper. I love all of his music, but I just want to hear him on some other beats sometimes. I want to hear him go outside the box.” (SOHH Underrated)
Keeping to the music, Banks recently talked about linking up with Prodigy.
The self-proclaimed Punch Line King announced a special track he has in mind for his former G-Unit teammate Prodigy. “I haven’t spoken to him yet,” Banks said. “We gonna get something done.” Banks added that he has, however, been in contact with the gruff-voiced rapper’s longtime producer and comrade the Alchemist and promised that the pair will work together. He mentioned that he already has a record in mind for the collaboration, which would include another artist. “I had the crazy record, [but] I’m not gonna say the other feature, but hopefully I get a good one,” he teased. (MTV)
Check out a recent Lloyd Banks interview below: