Lloyd Banks Rips Today’s Funny Dressing MCs In 1 Of The Year’s Best Freestyles (Video)
There’s something about the rolling bass, accented piano stabs and knockin’ boom bap drums of the beat for Nas’ classic “N.Y. State of Mind” that brings out the best in MCs. In rare form, fellow Queens, New York representative Lloyd Banks stopped by HOT 97 to kick it with Funkmaster Flex this week and proceeded to absolutely demolish a freestyle over the iconic DJ Premier production. In the video, watch Banks fire through a solid three minute verse, calmly and coolly, like a calculated rapping “psychopath.” Never missing a beat, the G-Unit MC reminds listeners why he’s always been regarded as one of the group’s most lyrical.
Banks also sends some shots at the new generation of so-called mumble rappers: “A lot of sh*t I’m not understandin’, whole kind of questions for me / Culture lessons, punks need addressin’, they out here dressin’ funny.” He proceeds to tell the “marble preemies” that he’ll “sh*t on [their] mumble rap,” and also claims that he’ll “choke a rapper with his purse strap.”
At about the 1:50 mark, Banks catches Flex off guard by addressing him: “Ayo Flex, look like I’m left off of ‘Bad and Boujee?’,” a reference to a viral riff between Migos and anti-mumble Rap spokesmen, Joe Budden. Much to Flex’s amusement, Banks even has a moment where he casually spits, “Old heads hatin’, don’t be a hypocrite” (perhaps a testament to his self-described “personalities, multiplying”). Flex, of course, has been very outspoken about his distaste for Mumble Rap, himself.
After Banks ends his freestyle, appearing stunned, Flex simply states, “Um… There’s a new bar set up here, bro.” Regardless of one’s opinion on the Mumble Rap phenomenon, Bank’s verbal prowess cannot be denied.