During G-Unit’s interview with The Breakfast Club this week, G-Unit lyricist Lloyd Banks spoke in-depth about his relationship with 50 Cent, his low-key demeanor, and more as part of the group’s nearly 20-minute long radio interview.
Banks first spoke on his falling out with 50 Cent. He revealed that there isn’t a specific incident their falling out can be attributed to and instead stated that it could have been due to a lack of communication on both ends.
As one of the less outspoken members of G-Unit, Banks also spoke on being one of the more discreet artists in the group.
“Me and 50 wasn’t talking for a while,” Banks said. “A long time. And then everything happened with Yay’. And next thing I know my name was in the mix. I started hearing my name. ‘Oh, Banks this. Banks that.’ 50 crazy, so…It was a lack of communication on both our parts. I don’t know what to chalk it up to. We been doing this for a long time. Over 10 years. Went from being in a condo just planning over what we wanted to happen and to watch it play out…It wasn’t just me and 50. It was points me and Buck didn’t talk.”
“I mean, I came in the game this way,” he added. “And the artists that I grew up on like Snoop and people like that—I just told him the other day. They let me know I ain’t have to be nobody other than who I am. I’m not gonna change for the industry. I don’t care what interview I’m at. What state I’m at. Who I’m talking to. I’m just not gon’ be that way.”
Banks later shared that he took the fall out of G-Unit personal and says it’s always been about the music for him.
“I took it personal to be honest…But we’ve been through a lot, man,” the rapper said. “And people go through they ups and downs. And I just feel like it was never not about the music for me. And that’s what’s most important…And I feel like a lot of people for some reason they’re not leading no more. I keep hearing people say ‘I don’t care. I’m not a rapper. I don’t do—’ Then what you do then?”
50 Cent was later brought into the conversation when The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne mentioned a past interview with former G-Unit Records artist, Olivia. According to the radio show host, Olivia said that 50 didn’t like it when she was in the studio with Missy Elliott.
“Nah, I didn’t have no problem,” 50 Cent said. “Missy started hitting it. If you really wanna know. See, it’s her fault for actually saying that to you. Trust me.”
Lastly, at one point in the interview, Tony Yayo offered a breakdown of each artist in G-Unit.
“50’s crazy. You just gotta give people they space,” Yayo said. “You gotta know your friends…Like Banks, I know how Banks is. If we in the mansion Banks might go upstairs. I might not see him for like seven, eight hours. He come downstairs with three songs. Fif he’s busy. He’s doing his meetings. Give him his space. You never know what’s going on with this guy. Kidd Kidd he’s the new guy so he’s kinda humble for now. And Buck, you don’t know what’s gonna happen with Buck.”