The NY Times Names Lloyd Banks New York’s Most Important Rapper

06.07.11 7 years ago 67 Comments

Lloyd Banks

Fabolous, wearing a bow tie clipped to his T-shirt and backed by a live band, was pleasant but perfunctory. He was outshone by Lloyd Banks, who may have stealthily become the most important rapper in New York — last year his “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” was a local anthem; this year he’s got “Start It Up.” It’s worth noting that major labels have done little for these two: Mr. Banks’s success came after parting ways with Interscope, and Fabolous’s recent surge has been completely on the back of his mixtapes.

Who would you say is New York’s most important rapper? Also what does being the, ‘most important rapper,’ even mean?

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