Happy birthday, Lloyd Banks. The youngest G-Unit member touches number 28 on Friday (April 30). This year, the streets have been well fed with Banks’ V5 mixtape (released in December), and “Beamer, Benz or Bentley,” his collaboration with Juelz Santana, is translating from the Rotten Apple to down South and across the world. Just ask any member of the Unit who just came from their international run, during which Banks’ hit threatened to steal the show every night.
On Thursday night, Banks headlined a concert at New York’s Nokia Theatre, where his openers were Jackie Chain, Cory Gunz and veteran champs Reflection Eternal.
“It feels good,” Banks told MTV News before hitting the stage. “It brings me back to when I first came out. I been headlining. It’s just now I’m back in the loop. I’m a performer. My demeanor, my character from the beginning of my career has always been laid back a lot. I speak through my music. Tonight, I’ll speak through my performance.”
Banks, whose Hunger for More 2 is due out this summer &— started the lunacy reaching back to his catalog and the first HFM. “Ain’t No Click” commenced the proceedings, followed by the hit “I’m So Fly.” Minutes later, the high energy continued with “Warrior,” “Poppin’ Them Thangs” and “Stunt 101.” For “Straight Outta Southside,” his brother in music Tony Yayo, along with several of Lloyd’s homies from Queens, came out to chime in.
Yayo took over the stage with a few of his own hits, “So Seductive” and “Pimpin.”
“Ain’ no place like mutha—-in’ home,” Yayo declared.
The Unit took a break in the show to salute recently deceased rap icon Guru.
Later, Banks went from partying to riding on his enemies. He brought back the old Murder Inc. dis record “I Smell Pu—,” calling out Irv Gotti and Ja Rule.
Banks then asked the crowd how they felt about boys in blue. As the crowd asserted their disdain for police, Banks yelled, “Rick Ross can’t hear y’all.” He then threw bars at Ross.
“50 bodied you. I just laid the chalk down,” the Queens rap outlaw yelled.
After telling his DJ for the night, Whoo Kid to shut down “Put Your Hands Up,” the Haitian Barry White turned up “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.”
“I’m fresh, I’m fly, I’m so damn high,” the crowd rapped along. “More than 500 horses when I roll by/ I’m calm I’m cool, everything brand new/ I don’t handcuff/ You can get the whole damn crew.”