Lloyd Banks

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Tha Centop's Top 6 Sports-Related Rap Songs

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Last Night: Dead Prez At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marco Torres​Dead Prez Fitzgerald's August 18, 2011 M-1 and of dead prez are not your typical activists. Their message--fight the establishment, eat broccoli, and copulate mentally - isn't exactly easy feast in a world rife with apathy, junk food, and promiscuity. But that' ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    The Weak Links In Seven Great Rap Crews

    Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothin' to fuck with... except maybe U-God.​Logic suggests that being surrounded by artistic brilliance would give the less endowed a natural boost. But if talent were contagious, failure wouldn't exist, and neither would this list. Every rap group, big or small has one memb ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Saturday: Hip-Hop For HIV Concert At Reliant Center

    Photos by RizohFrom left: Paul Wall, Johnny Dang, C-Stone​Hip-Hop for HIV concert Reliant Center July 31, 2010 2:55 p.m.: Here now. It's crazy packed. The line to get in reaches back, back, back. Good to see. Before we get inside though, we should clear up a few of the plot points for the day ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    "Punchline King" Lloyd Banks: G-Unit Will Rise Again

    ​Fans of self-proclaimed "Punchline King" Lloyd Banks will be pleased to learn that he's mapping out a comeback plan that doesn't include slinging mud at every big enchilada in the industry. With a new album tentatively slated to arrive this fall, Banks says he's as focused on music as ever. ... More >>

  • Music

    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010

    Tony Yayo Talks Sex, Patron And The Future Of G-Unit

    ​G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo have signed on to headline Saturday's 4th Annual Hip-Hop For HIV Awareness concert at Reliant Center. Tickets are free, but only with an HIV test at one of the City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services' designated testing locations. A list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    MTV Nominates Trae As "Hottest Breakthrough MC Of 2010"

    It appears that Trae's ongoing difficulties with 97.9 The Box - again, you might want to check back here tomorrow; we'd sure appreciate it - are beginning to resonate outside the 713 and 281. Earlier today, announced the local rapper and community activist known as "Tha Truth" is a finalis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Why Would Anyone Ever Set Out To Be A Rapper?

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Fat Tony, Yung Redd, Thurogood Wordsmith and K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    50 Cent: Polite, Soft-Spoken, Can F You Up

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to Lionel Deluy/ Interscope Records​50 Cent is one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Turning the Screw: Bun B, Cham, The Box, Trae, Jay'Ton, Lloyd Banks, Kid-n-Play, Kurupt, NBA Jam, Diddy, 9th Wonder, Snoop, RZA and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "On To the Next Year," Bun B Yikes. Bonus Verse of the Week: "All You Know," Happy Perez ft. Chamillion ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009

    Crash Into Me: Predicting the Economy's Impact on the Music Biz

    GWAR more important than you might expect.

  • Music

    February 5, 2009

    What Makes Cornbreadd Run

    How the Houston rapper turned a near miss on MTV into a victory for himself — and his city

  • Music

    July 31, 2008