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Lloyd Banks Biography


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Born: 1982/04/30
Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States
Years Active: 1999 – present
Genres: Hip Hop


Christopher Charles Lloyd (born April 30, 1982), better known by his stage name Lloyd Banks, is an American rapper and member of the rap group G-Unit.

Raised in South Jamaica, Queens, he dropped out of high school in 1998. G-Unit released two albums, “Beg for Mercy” in 2003 and “T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight)” in 2008. Banks released his first solo album “The Hunger for More” in 2004 with the top ten hit single "On Fire." "On Fire" was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts with 500,500 copies sold in the first week. “The Hunger for More” has since sold over 4 million copies and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.

He followed with “Rotten Apple” in 2006 and left Interscope Records 2009. The album debuted at #3, selling 143,000 copies in its first week. He has released three singles from Rotten Apple: "Hands Up," "The Cake" and "Help." In 2010 G-Unit signed with EMI to distribute Banks third studio album “H.F.M. 2 (Hunger for More 2),” which was released on November 22, 2010. The album’s single "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" charted at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Banks released the second single off the album, called “Any Girl” and it featured R&B singer Lloyd. Later he released the third single “Start It Up” featuring Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie & Fabolous.