Lloyd Banks Says He's Ready To Produce Records

Queens, New York artist Lloyd Banks is best known for his rhyming ability as a member of 50 Cent's G-Unit, but the rapper is looking to broaden his horizons by jumping into the production game.

Lloyd Banks, who has worked with such top name producers as Swizz Beatz, Eminem, Timbaland, Justice League, 9th Wonder and others, is honing his skills as a producer in the recording studio.

"One of the biggest things I want to do is I want to produce," Lloyd Banks told AllHipHop.com in a recent interview. "As far as sounds. I kind of know what's missing or what would even just sound dope in certain places."

The rapper, who will celebrate his 29th birthday this weekend, said that his urge to produce his own material stemmed from an intense desire to be able to harness his own creativity, on the spot.

"I think you can't be the best artist you can be, like completely overall, until you're able to dictate the pace of your music," Lloyd Banks explained to AllHipHop.com. "The only way you do that is to be able to create the beat. So artists like Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kanye West are the best for a reason. They don't have to wait to get a beat from whoever the hot beat maker is. They create it."

Lloyd Banks' third studio album Hunger For More 2 is in stores now. To read the full AllHipHop.com interview, click here.