50 Cent’s immense success is predicated on a machine like work ethic which sometimes make emotions seem like detriments. In a recent interview with MTV, 50 spoke on how his treatment of Banks’ following Banks’ father passing could have soured their relationship.
Lloyd Banks’ father died around the time of the release of Banks’ 2006 sophomore album Rotten Apple. According to 50, he was a bit “insensitive” in his treatment of Banks’ following his father’s passing, insisting that the young MC get back to work soon:
[Banks'] father passed away and I was like, ‘All right, he passed away, but you can’t just go home and stay home.’ He went home and just stayed at the house. Ask Kanye, his mother passed away while his record was at a peak point. If he didn’t go on tour, he wouldn’t be the Kanye you know right now. He worked his way through that situation; the world doesn’t stop.
Back in November 2010, Banks told XXL that he considered quitting rap following the death of his father. He also gave insight into his reasoning for why 50 would treat the death of someone’s father the way he did:
50’s whole thing was just, ‘Push on, push on.’ But he didn’t grow up with his mother and his father. Seeing my life pass before my eyes, it was like, no matter how much shit you have or how good you’re doing, you’re going to go through this and be devastated.
Back in October 2010, 50 appeared on Hot 97′s The Funkmaster Flex Show and echoed Banks’ sentiments regarding 50′s treatment. However, in his recent interview with MTV he spoke on how Banks’ attitude towards losing his father was inconsistent with his attitude towards fallen friends:
We lost…Probably 5 or 6 people got killed while we been on the road prior to him actually behaving that way. We don’t stop what we’ve been doing. To me, it’s an excuse.