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    Rappers join forces

    By ANDY GRAY Tribune Chronicle

    ne of the most anticipated tours of the year for hip hop fans is a rumored pairing of 50 Cent and Eminem this summer.
    If the tour happens, both will be bringing their crews with them. And local audiences can get a preview of what to expect Saturday at Powers Auditorium with Rapfest 2005, featuring two stars from 50 Cent's G-Unit.

    Lloyd Banks and Young Buck both shined on G-Unit's "Beg for Mercy,'' which has sold more than 2 million copies since its 2003 release, and they've continued their success with their solo careers.

    Banks' "Hunger for More'' and Buck's "Straight Outta Cashville'' each has sold more than a million copies. While both have been touring separately in support of their CDs, the Youngstown show is one of their only joint appearances this spring.

    They should get used to sharing the stage, if Banks is correct. He seemed to indicate the summer tour was set, and he was looking forward to reuniting with the G-Unit.

    "We balance each other out as far as the energy goes,'' Banks told MTV. "If somebody's tired, somebody has to pick up the pace. I think people know and realize we're comfortable on stage together. I look forward to it and to being out there with Em too.''

    The 22-year-old Banks, whose real name is Christopher Lloyd, hooked up with 50 Cent and Tony Yayo when he was a teenager. According to his bio, Banks started writing rhymes as a child and looked at rap as a way to escape the crime and poverty of his Jamaica, Queens neighborhood.

    Despite the neighborhood he grew up in and being raised by a single mother, Banks' bio is largely free of the rap sheet that goes with being a rapper these days.

    The ugliest media dust up involving Banks were rumors that he appeared in a gay porn video. In a machismo world where performers are celebrated for the number of bullet scars on their bodies, that's probably the worst allegation a rapper could face. Instead, the actor mistaken for Banks in the video came forward, and the gossip quickly was discredited.

    On the other hand, Buck's bio reads as if he and 50 Cent could spend all night comparing battle scars. The 24-year-old Buck, whose real name is David Brown, says he was dealing drugs when he was barely a teenager in the Nashville area, and the name Young Buck was given to him by a Nashville street gangster.

    Buck joined the Cash Money Millionaires when he was a teenager, but left about four years later when he didn't feel he got a chance to show what he could do. Back in the life, Buck was shot twice by an intruder at his home, and he says in his bio that he nearly bled to death.

    He finally got a break musically with Juvenile, who recorded him for his UTP label, and those recordings led to his meeting 50 Cent and becoming a member of the G-Unit.

    His music success hasn't ended his legal problems, though. Buck pleaded not guilty in January to charges of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a stabbing at the Vibe Music Awards in November 2004. Buck is accused of stabbing Jimmy James Johnson in a fight that followed an altercation between Johnson and rap artist/producer Dr. Dre. Witnesses claimed Johnson came up and punched Dre in the face during the ceremonies.

    And last week, Buck's 24th birthday party made news when police had to break up a crowd of 700 people when the uninvited tried to crash the bash. Buck wasn't among the three people arrested, but a police spokesperson told the Associated Press that the rapper wouldn't help police try to calm the crowd.

    Buck still is working his "Straight Outta Cashville'' CD while Banks is anxiously awaiting the chance to get his new music out.

    "It's basically finished,'' Banks told MTV, but he's waiting for other G-Unit artists to get their CDs out. "I'm basically gonna keep making records until it's unfair, until I have a 16-track album that's all hit records."
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    nice post but its all been posted b4 just all in one write up

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