Lloyd Banks has nurtured a reputation as a thug-rap stylist with a memorably gravelly yet whispery voice. But he’s also a thoughtful interview subject, as an interview with Paul Thompson in GQ magazine reveals. Beyond the usual beats about his relationship with 50 Cent and G-Unit, his new album, etc., there are some interesting notes about his songwriting process. “Most of my early records, even the freestyles, I still have the notebooks. Somewhere between 30 and 40 composition books and spiral books,” he says. “There have been times I was in the car and I could write a whole verse to the sound of the windshield wiper. I don’t really need too much. It could be a steady raindrop, and my mind will start to click because of the tempo.”
All Up in the Biz pays tribute to Biz Markie, whose tragically young demise remains fresh among the hip-hop community.