Happy Birthday, Lloyd Banks!
Young Buck sort of became the breakout star when G-Unit reunited in 2014, as his energy and bars were just a notch above the rest of the rappers in the group. Things were different a decade ago. For many, especially dudes in Queens, N.Y., Lloyd Banks was the guy not named 50 Cent who looked like a star. Banks, the youngest member of the original G-Unit, turns 33 today (April 30).
With the exception of 50 Cent and the Game, Banks had the most consistent career outside of G-Unit. He had excellent solo hits during his G-Unit days, including the ubiquitous "On Fire" and "I'm So Fly." "Karma" probably isn't as instantly recognizable as either, but its success on the charts helped Banks' debut album, Hunger for More, achieve platinum status.
It looked like Banks didn't need 50 Cent as the G-Unit members went their separate ways. However, his sophomore effort, Rotten Apple, stopped just short of gold status and Banks went from star to niche favorite. But then "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" came in 2010. Armed with an icy beat and fire from Juelz Santana, the "Punchline King" found himself back on the Billboard Hot 100 and had a single that went gold.
His third album, H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2), didn't put up numbers despite the success of "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley." But it's OK since G-Unit is back, and it doesn't look like Banks will stop putting on for South Jamaica, Queens anytime soon. His new mixtape, The Cold Corner 3, is on the way and he's already started the recording process for his fourth solo LP.
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