Lloyd Banks on Process

A recent GQ interview proved that Lloyd Banks is a thoughtful interview subject.

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.”


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Chicago Rap in 2012

In a brief retrospective, These Days talks to a handful of industry folks involved in the Chicago rap scene’s breakout year of 2012.