Lloyd Banks has come clean about a massive advance he received for his sophomore album Rotten Apple.
In a sitdown with Rap Radar, the former G-Unit soldier told Brian “B.Dot” Miller and Elliott Wilson that he received $1,000,000 in advance of his 2006 project, and acknowledged that the number was never that high again.
“My advance for my second album was like a million dollars,” said Banks, with Miller interjecting: “Those days are over.”
“Yeah, I never told nobody that, but yeah” Banks continued. “But then imagine what the third one was supposed to be.”
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Rotten Apple — the follow-up to the Banks’ hugely successful 2004 debut album The Hunger For More — emerged only after the Queens rapper was forced to scrap The Big Withdrawl, which was meant to be his second project but was allegedly leaked by two women he had a threesome with. Banks had reportedly left an unmastered copy of the album at the women’s home. Soon after the leak, Banks began work on Rotten Apple.
The project feature appearances from 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Rakim, Scarface, Mobb Deep, Keri Hilson, Musiq Soulchild and 8 Ball. Production on Rotten Apple was handled by 9th Wonder, Eminem, Sha Money XL and others. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, moving 143,000 units in its first week.
Lloyd Banks has been hard at work promoting his latest effort The Course of the Inevitable 2, and said in an interview with HipHopDX that he still feels like he’s chasing the “ultimate album.”
“I just feel like I’m chasing the ultimate album, you know what I mean?” he said. “So it’s like, I can’t possibly be finished. I also lost more than a few years from just taking hiatuses in the business. In a lot of spots, I’ve might have been expected to have momentum, but I wasn’t in a situation at the time to just drop album after album.”
Lloyd Banks will be the fourth interview Wilson and Miller have conducted since bringing back their coveted Rap Radar podcast on August 18. Last week, the duo spoke with DJ Khaled, whose 13th album God Did debuted at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200.
Lloyd Banks’ interview airs in full on September 8.