The wait for Lloyd Banks’ new album is almost over. Following teasers over the past month, the former G-Unit member has announced his next LP is titled The Course of the Inevitable and set for release on June 4.
Banks took to social media to share the cover art for the project, which shows the 39-year-old holding his son Christopher Lloyde III’s hand. The tracklist boasts 18 tracks with guest appearances from Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Roc Marciano, Vado, Ransom and Sy Ari Da Kid.
“For @lloydbanks and his team to put their trust and faith in me to create this photograph for his brand new album is the greatest honor for me as a black man and a fellow New Yorker who grew up on his music since high school,” he wrote. “Every moment in this blood and sweat filled journey has led to this right here.”
Lloyd Banks has been teasing the C.O.T.I. acronym since April, but finally revealed the meaning at the end of his album trailer. Throughout the clip, Rashan Brown delivers spoken word against black and white visuals of New York City that include images of a Big L mural.
“We have never known life without struggle or peace without war,” he says. “We have been simply faded in our own existence. But what do we say to the people who fear the choices they’ll have to make without any bit of guidance in this world? As if they already don’t have a sense of direction. Like they not sure if it’s their time to shine or stray away like it wasn’t already written. But how do we let destiny come to us? I guess until you accept it, you’ll keep on searching.”
Towards the end, Brown’s words pick up speed and he makes a reference to the Queens rapper’s debut album, Hunger for More.
The Course of the Inevitable will serve as his first project since 2016’s Halloween Havoc 3: Four Days of Fury, with his last studio album H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2) arriving in 2010. His last song “Element of Surprise” dropped in January and appeared on the soundtrack for Griselda Records’ CONFLICTED movie.
In February, he previewed a new song on Instagram and promised to meet expectations with his upcoming music.