Lloyd Banks Biography
"When I say The Hunger for More", it could be referring to more success. It could be more money. Or respect. More power. More understanding. All those things lead up to that hunger for more, because my more isn't everybody else's more. I feel like I made it already, because I got already what everybody on the corners of the neighborhood I grew up in is striving to get. God forbid anything happen to me, my family is straight. So anything that happens after this is just me progressing as a person." - Lloyd Banks
Lloyd Banks was born Christopher Lloyd twenty-one years ago in Jamaica. Raised mostly by his mother, Lloyd was heavily influenced by rap gods like Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. In his late teens, Lloyd joined childhood friends and fellow rappers Tony Yayo and 50 Cent and formed the group G Unit.
Fronted by 50 Cent, the G Unit quickly captured the urban music industry, but despite having so many things going his way, Lloyd Banks is not prepared to take it easy.
"I work real, real hard even though I know 50's there. He's there, he supports me 100%, but I don't wanna to put no extra pressure on him when I can do it. At the end of the day, I find myself working twice as hard."
Lloyd Banks Bio from Discogs
Lloyd Banks was raised in Jamaica, Queens by his Puerto Rican mother--his father spent much of his son's childhood behind bars. Like many young men, he found solace amidst the poverty and ruin of his community through ghetto poetry and the work of rappers like Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. He dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen, finding the structured environment a hindrance to his developing talent for rhyming. After appearing on numerous local "mixtapes", Banks, along with childhood friends Tony Yayo and 50 Cent formed a crew called G-Unit, a group that proceeded to redefine the term "street marketing" with a series of self-released albums that included original numbers and quality artwork. Banks stayed on with 50 Cent, appearing on the artist's--now classic--2003 debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin', November of that same year saw the release of G-Unit's Beg For Mercy. His long awaited solo debut for G-Unit/Interscope Records, Hunger For More, was released in June 2004. His second album, Rotten Apple, was released in October 2006.