Lloyd Banks has returned to the game with The Course Of The Inevitable, a bar-heavy project delivered with unwavering conviction. We’ve already showcased one of the project’s many highlights with the CartuneBeatz produced “Sidewalks,” and now we’re doubling down with another standout laced by the same capable hand. “Empathy,” which features a late-game addition of Freddie Gibbs, comes alive thanks to Cartune’s ominous and subtle production, a hazy boom-bap backdrop designed to be picked apart by clever emcees.
On that note, Banks sets it off with a whirlwind flow scheme, his dexterity commanding rapt attention. “The audacity it takes to rank me with the style I invented,” he raps. “Wear my credentials like it’s jewelry, they gave my flowers cemented / to hell with honorable mentions, artists are comical, temptin’ / horrible albums, new ventin’, three pounds of vomit, who sent ’em?”