[With the rap game consumed with dropping mixtape daily from Meek Mill‘s DC4 to French Montana‘s MC4 underground efforts, rap veteran Lloyd Banks’ go-to mixtape designer James Dunne talks to SOHH about how social media actually landed him a strong relationship with the Punchline King. Photo credit: Corentin Villemeur]

It was like 2012 just before Lloyd BanksV6 dropped when I first got in contact with him. Banks was looking for a graphic designer on Twitter and people started tweeting him about me and showing him my work, which was super cool of them.

So he followed me back and DM’d the title of the tape “V6: The Gift” and I went to work on a cover for it.

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I sent him the art but got no response so I sent it to the staff of G-Unit Records and turns out he didn’t like what I first made, thought it was too complicated but my man Corentin over at G Unit liked my previous work. He liked the work that I did for [ex-Shady Records artist] Obie Trice and gave me another shot with more of what Banks’ envisioned for the art, which was the silhouette style that you can now see on the V6 cover.

The biggest challenge I have working with Banks would probably be to deliver high quality, solid artwork and more importantly artwork that works and fits the music. Banks is an incredible artist that keeps getting better and better and I want the artwork to follow suit, if you look at Failure’s No Option and Live It Up‘s artwork I think there’s a huge difference in quality between them.

Lloyd Banks’ “Live It Up” and “Halloween Havoc 3” mixtapes, both designed by James Dunne, are currently available.

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