Lloyd Banks Almost Quit After ‘Rotten Apple’

Having one of his most successful years since the release of his debut album, 2004′sThe Hunger For More,  it is hard to believe there was a time when Lloyd Banks was ready to hang up the mic. Yet during an interview with XXL for our November issue, the Boy Wonder revealed in the face of a series of tragic events after the unsuccessful release of his sophomore LP, Rotten Apple, he cut himself off from his G-Unit family and almost gave up mcing.

Apparently the stresses surrounding the lack of sales of his second album, along with the loss his father and the heightened health problems of his mother—she suffered two strokes around 2006—was too much for Banks.

“I was completely ready to say fuck it,” Banks told XXL contributing writer Ben Detrick. “50’s whole thing was just, ‘Push on, push on.’ But he didn’t grow up with his mother and his father. Seeing my life pass before my eyes, it was like, no matter how much shit you have or how good you’re doing, you’re going to go through this and be devastated.”

The Queens rapper apparently went 6-months without talking to Fif, but after former G-Unit president Sha Money XL reached out, he ended his self-imposed exile.

Banks will finally be following up his 2006’s Rotten Apple later this month, with the release of his third solo project, H.F.M. 2 on November 21.

Fans can read our entire Lloyd Banks feature in the November 2010 issue of XXL, featuring 50 Cent and Soulja Boy on the cover, onstands nationwide now. —Elan Mancini

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  • Rod

    Brian Pumper!

  • NY

    ^^^corny gz. Shout out to banks waitin 4 that album some official NY muzik from a real nigga. Much respect 4 mental strength

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  • zz

    i know what its like to lose a parent so i feel him

    cop that album.

  • Mpho

    this shit will sell waaay less than Rotten Apple. waaaaaaaaay less, 150000 total.

    • http://bbmakhubu@gmail.com Bonga

      Dude his new shit is good,there is only one song with Curtis and some of the tracks in his new album will get radio play.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dr@$t-iQ Alkoholik

    man was bumping this nigga’s shit from day one but that “rotten apple” ish was straight ass, he gon kill it this time though, fuck that bull shit hype that all YM artists have like Wheel chair Jimmy who with all that hype failed to go plat in a month, he gon kill it on the reals though I feel a nigga’s pain, know what’s like to lose a parent,

  • fruitius mcgee

    Rotten Apple was criminally underrated, and I cannot for my life understand why. It was at the very least a solid album, idk why niggas cant appreciate that

  • Anonymous

    it wasent sha money xl yhat brought banks back….it was young buck…

  • http://thisis50.com william

    it wasent sha money xl that brought banks back it was young buck…

  • westcoastgurl1

    i know how it feels also to lose a parent and it is stressful when a parent get sick 50 has no feelings for nobody he didnt understand what banks was goin thru even tho his mama got killed when he was a lil boy f-k 50 cent

  • swype-matic

    So THAT’S what was goin on the whole time around then. It’s sad that that happened, but it’s nice to know that it was about family instead of some 50 Cent exile shit the media (and 50 himself) made it out to be, like he was putting Banks on punishment for something.

  • Official Fully

    Yo, there’s only like 2 tracks I skip on Rotten Apple. Besides the fact that the original album leaked, and had to be released as the Blue Heffner mixtapes.

    Totally underrated album.

  • Stoned Cold

    i actually liked rotten apple better than hunger for more.

  • http://yahoo jason

    wish you much success banks anybody who had/has parents that shit is crazy when you lose em.

  • Q461

    Banks next album def will sell less than Rotten Apple. Especially going up against Ye and Minaj. G-unit mania has long since died out. The thing is several years back, labels would have rushed the record out after Beamers Benz or Bentley blew up..and Banks would sell alot more copies…but the buzz on the single has died out. Internet age fucked up the music game

    Not for nothin, Rotten Apple was a pretty good album too. I fucks with Banks. I like the joint he had on the album with Rakim and the one with Keri Hilson. From what I heard this new albums got some fire on it too.

  • http://www.pottstreet.com Gusto

    Get em’ Banks!!

    And yeah this album prolly wont push what Rotten Apple did 1st week but ain’t nobody buying CD’s so that’s a given. I still think it will do pretty well… hopefully they put out a video for “Start It Up”, I think that would be a huge lift for Banks.


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