Lloyd Banks Announces New Mixtape ‘V6′ x Performs In Danbury, CT
Lloyd Banks may not be making the latest promotional rounds with the rest of the G-Unit camp…but that’s because he’s blazing a path all his own, and doing so with enough fire power to arm a small batallion.
As he took the stage on Friday, March 2nd, at Tuxedo Junction in Danbury, CT — once a bastion of indie rock & a requisite stop on the I-95 pipeline for touring rockers — the near-capacity crowd alternately screamed & cried in anticipation as Banks focused on his more recent, gritty hits in lieu of his older standards: the set-list included the summer dance-friendly single “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley,” a growling version of “Start It Up,” and a raucous, shoe-stomping version of “Fly in the Wind,” his stand-alone single with former Dipset general Jim Jones.
The crowd continued to scream with delight as Banks performed his latest street fire, “Jackpot,” for the first time live. (His debut performance of “Jackpot” on this night reminds this reviewer of his show at System Nightclub in Long Island City, NY a few weeks back, where he performed the Automatik Beats-produced radio single “Shock the World” for the first time — it was, to say the least, most impressive, & not long after, it re-entered the Hot 97 charts at #2.) The Jahlil Beats-produced “Jackpot” debuted about two weeks ago on Hot 97, and has spread faster than Bird Flu since then.
Banks promised the crowd that “Jackpot” would be on his anticipated mixtape, V6, which — per his affirmation to the crowd — will be dropped later this month. (Pause while DatPiff braces its servers for what is sure to be a meltdown on that day.)
But whereas the younger Banks would have left the stage in a storm of braggadocio, the older Banks left the audience on a more pensive, inspirational note — surprising (but not really), when you consider the “Blue Hefner” persona that Banks donned in his earlier days with G-Unit.
“I just want you to all know,” he told the crowd, “that I am 100% independent. So, any time you get my music, you’re directly supporting me, and from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate every one of y’all.
“I’ve been rapping since I was 10 years old,” he continued. “When I was 10, no one wanted to rock with me. No one wanted to go where I went. It was only after I blew up that people started following me. So what I’m trying to say is, believe in yourself. Don’t let anybody stand in the way of what you want to do. Follow your dreams.”
It seems that the G-Unit dark horse has done just that.
Photography and story by Bernadette Giacomazzo
Performance video from the show: