G-Unit's own Lloyd Banks recently talked about putting together his 2002 "Victory" freestyle, explaining why it is his biggest mixtape song ever. Claiming he was no older than 20 when he made it, Lloyd says he came up with lines that helped make his spot in rap.
"That has to be overall the most–the biggest freestyle I had as far as impact wise. Even DJ Clue will tell you that's when he felt I went from being a mixtape dude to the next dude they expect to pop from the mixtapes…It wasn't recorded in a million dollar studio, but the line was clever because of what I was doing at the time. At that time, I was recording the mixtape material in Sha Money basement, but we were flying back and forth to L.A. to Dre studio. So, I was in Em, Dre studio with that mentality, bringing that back to Sha Money studio. Honestly, I knew what I was following behind. Biggie was one of my favorites. When I did 'Victory,' everybody knew that was one of his biggest verses. So to fall behind him, I knew there was pressure behind it. I just wanted to add a different feel. At that time, I was thinking punchline wise. A lot of people used to ask me, 'Yo you going to run out before the album,' but when I write naturally, I write witty. I write from the perspective of being different. So, that was one thing that never troubled me. There was a few lines [I liked]. I said, 'I think I'm the last rapper to scare n*ggas since Craig Mack.' There was even the Master P line and its funny because I have 100 percent support for Master P, but his sneaker was [ugly] at the time."
50 Cent, Lloyd Banks – Victory Freestyle