On Friday (March 16), Lloyd Banks took to Twitter to press 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.

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

Banks rose to fame as a member G-Unit, alongside 50 Cent and Tony Yayo. In 2017, he released a stream freestyles, including one aptly titled “End 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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