While discussing his previous Rap beef with Jadakiss, Banks dropped off a thought about the “competitive nature” in the art of rhyme.
“I view that time from two different aspects because I was fans of these guys before I even came into the game,” he said. “And that’s not just for them, that’s for anybody who was in the game before us.”
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Banks continued, “I think the momentum that G-Unit had coming into the game, you wouldn’t know that unless we spoke on it. It takes a certain level of confidence and just blatant ignorance and audacity to just feel like we the hottest n*ggas in the game.”
There have been ongoing conversations about how “beef” and the spirit of lyrical competition are often conflated, especially recently. After The Game dropped a 10-minute diss track to Eminem, people are once again talking about battles and lyrical responses.
“That was a hell of a time because, like I said, the new artists now, they don’t necessarily challenge themselves lyrically,” Banks reportedly said. “Back then, it was like competitive nature was on a whole different level. You had mixtapes, whether it be DJ Envy, DJ Clue, or whoever it was, and you had to really get out there and say some shit and be prepared for that competitive nature, and whatever was coming.”
Listen to Banks and Jadakiss collide below.