Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent have grown apart since their G-Unit days, with 50 even calling Banks “lazy” in his 2020 book Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter. But during a recent interview with GQ, Lloyd Banks opened up about his healthy relationship with 50 Cent and revealed he gave him words of motivation during their last conversation.
“It’s the same. We’re brothers,” he said about their relationship. “We came into this together—we’re never all going to be doing the same thing at the same time at this point in our careers. You know what I mean? The last conversation I had with 50 was basically him telling me to get whatever I left out there. Because some hiatuses were planned and some weren’t.”
He continued, “But I can’t sit and cry about spilled milk. I’ve gotta go out there and make it happen. We did something special that will never be done again. Honestly, there are more positive moments than anything else. That’s where I’m at with [50 Cent and Tony Yayo]: We’re brothers and it’s always going to be that way.”
In his book Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter, 50 Cent said he felt like he could have done a better job teaching Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo “how to evolve and change their habits,” claiming they had “unfulfilled potential.”
“While I was out hustling, Banks was more content staying on his porch and watching the world from there,” he says in the book. “Banks wanted things to come to him, as opposed to going out and getting them for himself. That’s not me trying to assassinate his character—the guy has ‘Lazy Lloyd’ tattooed on his arm. He literally wears his laziness on his sleeve.”
Lloyd Banks had more positive words about 50 Cent during a recent appearance on the Joe Budden Podcast, where he gave him high praise for his skill as a songwriter.
“He wasn’t just a writer, he was an exceptional songwriter,” he said on the episode that premiered on Thursday (July 14). “Just conceptually and sticking to the whole subject matter, which was a plus for me because you’re looking around the game, there wasn’t many like that. Some of the biggest artists weren’t the best songwriters – he was.”
He added, “The outros, the bridges, all of these things I learned from watching him record. And they were cheat codes because if I had the illest 16, he would steal the show. I didn’t have that yet.”