On Friday (March 16), Lloyd Banks took to Twitter to profess his longtime love for hip-hop, followed by an announcement that it was time to “lay it down.”

The New York rapper and self-proclaimed Punchline King thanked those who came before him and all those who continue to support him.

With that being said..I think it’s time to lay it down –

Fans were quick to respond, asking if Banks was joking and whether the announcement would be followed by the release of a new mixtape or if he was really hanging up his rapper hat for good.

Banks rose to fame as a member of G-Unit, alongside 50 Cent and Tony Yayo. In 2017, he released a stream of freestyles, including one aptly titled “End of an Era.” Most recently, Banks appeared on Dave East’s album Paranoia 2.

Previously, Banks hit the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo performer and collaborator, including the 2004 top 10 hit “On Fire.”

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