G-Unit‘s Lloyd Banks has revealed that Def Jam has expressed interest in signing him to a recording contract.
According to the “Punch Line King,” multiple labels are trying to sign him.
“I mean, yeah, they been reaching out, Interscope” Banks confirmed in an interview. “And a few other labels, Def Jam, at this point man, like I said, I’ve been completely independent, we’ve sold over 200,000 units already through iTunes — at this point, whatever makes sense, is the deal I’ll go with. If it makes more sense to stay where I’m at, then I’ll stay and be independent. If they drop that big bag, then we can talk. I don’t ever want to shut no doors out so we’ll see what happens in the near future.” (Posse TV)
Banks recently said he has certain demands before considering a return to his former label, Interscope Records.
“50 [Cent] heard from them,” Banks told radio personality Cosmic Kev referring to Intescope Records. “They calling right now trying to figure out how to get the boy back in the building. They have to drop the apology bag first. You can drop that bag and say, ‘I’m sorry. I will never ever doubt you again.’ That’s just a contract to talk. So it’s still not solidified. Then I might just take it and go get a little drop and something.” (Cosmic Kev)
Banks also spoke on 50’s involvement with the upcoming album, The Hunger For More 2.
“He’s actually heard a bulk of my records,” Banks said about 50. “A lot of people don’t realize that he’s still the boss. I look to him for that guidance and when there’s not many people to turn, I can turn left and see [Tony] Yayo and I can turn right and see 50. Both of their opinions matter when it comes to picking the records and vice versa. This just happens to be the first record that people have heard with me by myself. So that would probably be the only difference from the first two albums and me going into this album, that my first single is not featuring 50 Cent.” (VIBE)
While he is known for gritty street rhymes, Banks recently said he can also slow things down with his R&B writing skills.
“The music overseas, the party atmospheres — it’s incredible,” Banks explained in an interview. “Don’t get me wrong, I love the club scenes in New York City and the States, [but] when you go overseas, you might hear [the Black Eyed Peas singing] ‘Toniiight’s gonna be a good night.’ You’re hearing that in the club 10 times. So if you didn’t know that joint, I come back over here like, ‘You don’t know that record? You’re buggin’ — that’s poppin!’ That record, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Lady Gaga — you’re hearing so many different records, it makes you want to expand as an artist and get records that’s enjoyed by all people. They’re definitely gonna hear those kind of records from me too…A lot of people don’t know I write more than rap music. I can write R&B records. I can write hit records — just put it like that. Hopefully I’ll be writing for a few more people in the future.” (MTV)
Check out Lloyd Banks’ interview below: