G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks has shared his input on the status of gangsta rap and said he felt there is a misconception to the style of hip-hop most notably associated with acts like N.W.A. and the Geto Boys.
The “Punch Line King” believes gangsta rap is merely a matter of perception.
“I don’t think gangsta rap could ever be done or finished. When you ask yourself ‘what’s gangsta’? To me being gangsta is being responsible for your actions. Being a stand-up dude or girl, and don’t compromise for anything. Somebody who don’t bend, someone who does what they want to do. Hip-Hop comes from the street. I think that will never go away. There’s always going to be somebody with bad luck, who inspires to be better, to be from poverty, somebody who knows what it feels like to hurt and as long as that’s there and everything ain’t good.” (VIBE)
Banks also questioned the thin line between gangsta and conscious rap.
“[Gangsta] rap has a lane. That’s why I get confused sometimes with reality rap, conscious rap, I feel like we’re completely conscious with what’s going on, that’s why we speak on current events. I’m not going to get on a record and act like things are all peachy.” (VIBE)
West Coast rapper Game recently singled out self-proclaimed “gangsta” rappers and pointed out the lack of real street credibility among them.
“All these people thinking they’re gangsta. And after the Rick Ross song [“B.M.F.”] everybody thinking they’re Big Meech again, Larry Hoover,” Game explained in an interview. Nobody really should wanna be that or aspire to be that ’cause you’re gonna end up in a coffin. And trust me, man, most of these rappers, outside of me, 50 [Cent], and maybe Waka Flocka and some other muthaf*ckas, ain’t never felt bullets man, ain’t never had a brush with really actually having your life erased. So a lot of these rappers out here playing, man; that’s just not the message I’m trying to send across no more.” (Complex)
Recently, 50 Cent said rappers were using false tales to create a hardcore image of themselves to fans.
“It’ll just make room for you to impact when [the hardcore] comes back,” 50 assessed. “No one told the world to enjoy that [softer] music temporarily. I think a big portion of why people didn’t want to hear the aggressive content is because the people conveying them were lying.” (MTV)
Check out Lloyd Banks speaking on gangsta rap below: