Over the past few weeks, Lloyd Banks has been dropping off your typical rapper “freestyles” in which he spits over some of the industry’s current hottest tracks, including Pusha T’s “Trouble On My Mind.” So it seemed more likely that we would be getting a mixtape compiling those freestyles rather than a brand-new single. But hey, in the age we live in, randomly releasing a single like Banks’ “Love Me in the Hood” isn’t that out of the ordinary anymore. His strained vocals and concise flow are a perfect match for AraabMuzik’s head-nodding, Euro-leaning production. It’s like NYC boom-bap for the 21st century. Fancy that.
You can stream the track below and buy it on iTunes.