Lloyd Banks Assures Fans He’s Still “Punchline King” at NYC Show

Last night (May 26th) Power 105.1 presented their Power Live concert with G-unit rapper Lloyd Banks to a packed house at New York City’s B.B. King Blues Club. But before the Boy Wonder could take the stage, the opening acts had to get through the tough New York crowd.

First up to bat was new Roc Nation artist Range. The hip-hop audience was unkind to the R&B singer, booing him off the stage. DJ Clue took the spotlight next, introducing his latest protégé, Young Dose. Surprisingly the Atlanta artist got a good reaction from concert goers, especially during his performance of “Where They Do That At”.

A little after midnight, Lloyd Banks finally burst onto the stage. Blu Hefner came out spitting tracks from his first mixtape, Money in the Bank. Reminding fans that’s he’s still “The Punchline King,” the Queens rapper then aptly jumped into more of his lyric heavy, earlier material.

Banks then took fans back to The Hunger For More era, by performing “I’m So Fly,” “Ain’t No Click” and “Warrior,” followed by, “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Poppin Them Things,” and “I Smell Pussy” off of G-unit’s Beg For Mercy album. He then brought out rap partner Tony Yayo to help him with fan favorites “Straight Outta Southside.” “Rider Part 2” and “Put Them Up.”

Saving the best for last, Banks closed out his set with his smash single, “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.”

Next up for Banks, Yayo and crew leader 50 Cent is their Invitation Tour, hitting stops throughout the U.S. The first stop is in Detroit’s Chene Part this Saturday. —Donovan Moore

  • Pro9het

    Hell no, there’s only one punchline king and he died February 15, 1999…. Real heads know who I mean.

    • El Tico Loco

      Even if he claimed to be the best punchline rapper alive he’d have to go thru Redman, Ludacris, and Cassidy.

    • DV8

      was that Pun or BIG L. One died in 99 and the other in 2000 but i forget which one.

  • Young Mo Fo

    lol word, if you dont know i will spoil it for you.. Its Big L, but still i gotta give Banks some respect, he made himself bigger and hes been workin for years to get big. Finally he gets some shine, him and Game were my favorite G-Unit members, and they both got only better when they left

  • AZ40

    I remember when people used to look down on rappers who just used punchlines in there songs, I remember Cass caught hell people were sayin’ “Oh he only a punchline rapper” now look at the scene that’s all there is, rappers just droppin a bunch of punch lines in there raps and people call them “great”

  • that nigga

    @AZ40, I remember those days. Rappers fuckin suck nowadays. Reakwon is the only nigga Im feelin, Rick Ross too. Dont care if he sold drugs or not, he puts those words together efforylessly. Nas needs a “Illmatic” revelation.

  • Philly

    Banks is good, but the real Punchline King is Fabolous. That TINC 2 mixtape had line after line. Ludacris seems like he is not even trying anymore. A song with Justin Beiber? Fuck off Ludacris.

  • BeerGangsta

    Hell no! Lloyd is garbage! Not even in top 100 Rappers. Take notes from Ice Cube,KRS1,Rakim,Big Daddy Kane,Nas,Busta Ryme,Chuck D. It’s called follower the leader fucker.

  • Jon Dog

    If this fuckin’ goof is a “punchline King”, then XXL is still a good mag.

    NOPE AND FUCK NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kenny D

    Lloyd Banks is a dope, but Fab, Luda, and Cassidy kill him in punchline battles.

  • Emperor Doom

    Banks is a beast. Big L is the best ever tho in punch-lines

  • Anonymous

    Banks gots some ill punch lines but no he isnt the best he has learned from some of the best, and there are way better that has been doin longer and some of them still doin it.Rick Ross? Get the fuck outta here with that bullshit, the only thing he does effortlessly is lie and fake.I cant wait till that fat fuckin lame dissappears.He is a fuckin joke wise up, real recognize real.His beat selection is the only thing keepin him in the game, without beats he would just be another rapper starvin lookin like 50 in those movie pics,thats how bad he sucks.

  • kedordu

    I MIGHT CATCH LOTS OF HEAT FOR THIS BUT THE PUNCH LINE KING WAS MASE . HES WAS THE FIRST PUNCH LINE RAPPER TO BE THE HOTTEST RAPPER IN THE GAME . THOSE CHILDREN OF THE CORN NIGGAS RAISED A WHOLE NEW GENRATION OF RAPPERS . FABO , BANKS KANYE, DRAKE THEY ALL USE MASE FLOW WITH SPICES ON TOP. CAM RAISED JULEZ AND LIL WAYNE BITES THE FUCK OUT OF SANTANA. AND JAYZ BIT BIG L AFTER HE DIED

  • Anonymous

    They all owe it to Rakim and Big Daddy Kane.

  • E-Hustle

    XXL says: ” He then brought out rap partner Tony Yayo to help him with fan favorites “Straight Outta Southside.” “Rider Part 2” and “Put Them Up.”

    LMAO!! It’s not called “Put Them Up” dumbasses, it’s called “Playboy” and on the chorus/hook he says Put Them Up!
    Yall niggaz fell the fuck off. Get this shit straight. First the mag is garbage now for the past 2-3 years, and still getting worse… Diddy cover? SMDH!

    With all that said, Banks is my nigga. Hopefully this obvious Def Jam/G-Unit deal will be a good machine for him to run with and get his true moment to shine again since HFM1 debut #1 for 2 straigh weeks on the Billboard 200.

    What I want to know is where the fuck are the other Official BBB remixes!?
    That joint with Dream & yo Gotti is weak.
    Where is the joint with Fab & 50? Fab even said they called him for an official verse.
    Maybe it was too hard for Banks? lol! Naw,… but we need another one because that joint out now is a failure.

  • Peso Calico

    Fab, Joe Budden, Luda on features lol (whoever said it’s like he dont try no more is right, just peep battle of the sexes)…Banks and Cassidy used to be my dudes and no one could say different to me but they all fell off. Give me 7-8 albums, I look for career now not some ill punchlines that a nigga aint getting paid for…now thats wack

  • M44

    Banks got some ill flows but I wouldn’t say he is the best at punchlines. Everyone claims to be the best at something, such statements make for good publicity though-it’s working for Banks.

  • balaramesh

    Lloyd Banks is a dope, but Fab, Luda, and Cassidy kill him in punchline battles.
    _____________________________________

    i co-sign that. well, a ton of luda’s lines are super corny. but at his best, he can go line for line with anyone.

    cassidy is not consistent enough with anything.

    i’d say fab got the best punchlines out now. he got lines for days.

  • balaramesh

    @Peso Calico,

    i forgot about the whole slaughterhouse crew. i like all of them over llyod banks, right now. but banks is dope though.

  • el

    puch line king get the ef outa here.
    like pro9het said there is only one and he died February 15 1999. BIG L!!!!!!!!!

  • bylaw99

    Why niggas jumpin on Banks he didnt call himself the Punchline King, he was crowned that by the streets after he dropped that mixtape that won him Mixtape of the year award in 2004 at the mixtape awards. Heres his quote when interviewed by AOL Sessions: When I won the mixtape artist of the year 2004, after that I didn’t want to get away from it because that right there is where I got my satisfaction, from the fans giving me that award. It wasn’t like an award show when you got some big fat guys in suits on the podium that never even heard my album giving me a rating or judging what I deserve… that’s actually my most proudest trophy right now.[25]

  • jimmySoprano274

    Yea its the truth lloyd banks is the punchline king…dude has sooooooo much talent and they sleep on him soo much espically down south….i call it for what it iz HE will be the one in the future..to last….jus watch tyme tell everything……HATE IZ A HUMAN BEHAVior…..BE Happy For OUR BROTHER LLoyd Banks….He iz one of the Best…Its Pac Biggie,,Jayz..Lil Wayne…& Lloyd banks….

  • Shaxey

    Banks no matter what the fuck they say you the bestthats it. and G-Unit members kills it with or without Game now eat a dig and choke you haters!