Do You Agree Or Disagree? The NY Times Names Lloyd Banks New York’s Most Important Rapper

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Over this past weekend, Queens rapper Lloyd Banks performed at Hot 97’s annual “Summer Jam” concert. During his set, “The Punchline King (PLK)” brought out Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie, Mobb Deep, Juelz Santana and Fabolous. In a recent article, published on, they named Banks “the most important rapper in New York.” Below is an excerpt from the NY Times write-up on Summer Jam:

“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.”

Do you agree or disagree with the NY Times, naming Banks “the most important rapper in New York?”

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