Erica Banks Sets Herself Apart On The Confident ‘Diary Of The Flow Queen’

The RX is Uproxx Music’s stamp of approval for the best albums, songs, and music stories throughout the year. Inclusion in this category is the highest distinction we can bestow and signals the most important music being released throughout the year. The RX is the music you need, right now.

Ever since making her debut as part of the growing roster of 1501 Certified Entertainment, Dallas rapper Erica Banks has contended with comparisons to her predecessor as the label’s crown jewel, Megan Thee Stallion. The parallels are obvious; the two women are Texas natives who pride themselves on their lyricism and flow, and both embrace an unapologetic approach to their sexual subject matter.

Megan’s standing with the label complicates matters. In early 2020, Megan attempted to renegotiate her contract with 1501. The process has since grown increasingly contentious, with lawsuits, countersuits, and disparaging statements flying from both sides. The timing of the label signing and introducing Banks only served to highlight the ongoing drama – and unfortunately, Erica found herself paying the price.

Tabbed by some fans as a replacement for Meg, signed specifically to spite and undermine Thee Stallion’s successful run in the face of her feud with her erstwhile benefactors, Erica Banks was initially mocked when footage of early performances circulated online. As her viral breakout “Buss It” became popular on TikTok, increasing her exposure to a wider audience, the comparisons likewise became more prominent, even prompting speculation that the two women had beef of their own.

But the thing that gets lost in all of this is that Erica Banks is an accomplished, established rapper in her own right, with four mixtapes to her name already – three self-released — before 1501 ever entered the picture. And now, her debut studio album, Diary Of The Flow Queen, has arrived to further differentiate her from her esteemed colleague and establish her as an artist worth giving attention to on her own merits.

Within moments of pressing play, it becomes apparent that the superficial similarities between Erica and Meg remain on the surface level. While the latter’s punchy delivery can occasionally subsume her Texas drawl, Banks’ accent determines her tempo, slowing her flow down even on the more uptempo tracks. Since she’s still in the early stages of her career – think Meg on the Tina Snow and Fever EPs – Banks has yet to experiment with pop-leaning musical styles, sticking to bass-forward, trunk-thumping Texas beats for the majority of the album.

This works to her advantage on tracks like “Slim Waist” and “Nasty” with Bankroll Freddie, on which she also shows that she has multiple vocal tones to match the mood of the song. While her voice is usually a low-register growl, she can pitch up an octave or two for more sultry come-ons when she isn’t straight-up bragging about her sexual prowess. On the penultimate song, “Work,” she even does some singing – an area where her ostensible rival has stumbled in the past – weaving between her usual rhythmic attack and the melodic flow that dominates rap playlists these days.

There are also few features; the aforementioned Bankroll Freddie, fellow Texan BeatKing, and rising New York rapper DreamDoll (who both appear on “Toot That“) are the only voices other than Erica’s on the album. This allows the DeSoto native to show that she’s capable of holding her own for a full project without growing stale – a testament to the above-mentioned malleability of her voice. Diary Of The Flow Queen may not meander far afield of the same lyrical territory that has been explored by many of the other women in hip-hop taking over the charts lately, but as Cardi B once explained, that’s what the fans want.

More importantly, the album establishes that Erica Banks has her own branch of that lineage, with all the potential to reach the same heights of notoriety as peers like Cardi B, Latto, Saweetie, and yes, even Megan Thee Stallion. She could very well be just one hit away; hopefully, 1501 learned its lesson and extended a contract that will keep their latest star happier than their last.

Diary Of The Flow Queen is out now on 1501 Certified and 300 Entertainment. Get it here.

Erica Banks is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

ICYMI: Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky and Future Headline Rolling Loud New York

RL22 NY FINAL FLYER resized

Rolling Loud revealed its lineup for this year’s New York edition. Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky and Future will serve as headliners for the three day festival.  Returning to Citi Field from September 23 to September 25. Future is also headlining Rolling Loud Miami in July and Toronto in early September.

Last year’s festival which sold out featured headliners and performers like Travis Scott, 50 Cent, A$ap Ferg, Bobby Shmurda, Joey Bada$$, and others. This year also includes a long list of must-see performers.

READ MORE: Rolling Loud Announces Inaugural Toronto Festival Headlined by Dave, Wizkid, and Future

New York 2022 will officially be Big Sean’s first time performing at RL fest. Other artists set to perform at the traveling Hip-Hop festival include Lil Uzi Vert, Westside Gunn, Lil Baby, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie,Shenseea, Don Toliver, Busta Rhymes, Erica Banks, Fivio Foreign, 21 Savage and more. 

Tickets for Rolling Loud New York 2022 went on sale Friday, June 17.

Check out the full line up below and for more details on ticketing information click here.

RL22 NY FINAL FLYER resized

The post ICYMI: Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky and Future Headline Rolling Loud New York appeared first on The Source.

Single Ladies: Beyonce Takes Vogue, Nicki Minaj Headlines Rolling Loud, Mary J. Blige Brings The All-Female Tour, Plus Erica Banks, Flo Milli, Megan & More!

Mary J Vlige x Beyonce x Nicki Minaj

These ladies are in their bags this summer. From new albums to new projects – they cannot be stopped.  Beyonce Takes Vogue As She Gears Up For New Album Queen Bey sent the Beyhive into a frenzy when she deleted profile pictures across social media.   Beyonce then shocked the world with the announcement of […]

The post Single Ladies: Beyonce Takes Vogue, Nicki Minaj Headlines Rolling Loud, Mary J. Blige Brings The All-Female Tour, Plus Erica Banks, Flo Milli, Megan & More! appeared first on SOHH.com.

Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky and Future Set To Headline Rolling Loud New York 2022

nicki minaj future rolling loud ny

Rolling Loud revealed its lineup for this year’s New York edition. Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky and Future will serve as headliners for the three day festival.  Returning to Citi Field from September 23 to September 25. Future is also headlining Rolling Loud Miami in July and Toronto in early September.

Last year’s festival which sold out featured headliners and performers like Travis Scott, 50 Cent, A$ap Ferg, Bobby Shmurda, Joey Bada$$, and others. This year also includes a long list of must-see performers.

READ MORE: Rolling Loud Announces Inaugural Toronto Festival Headlined by Dave, Wizkid, and Future

New York 2022 will officially be Big Sean’s first time performing at RL fest. Other artists set to perform at the traveling Hip-Hop festival include Lil Uzi Vert, Westside Gunn, Lil Baby, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie,Shenseea, Don Toliver, Busta Rhymes, Erica Banks, Fivio Foreign, 21 Savage and more. 

Tickets for Rolling Loud New York 2022 go on sale this Friday, June 17. Check out the full line up below and for more details on ticketing information click here.

RL22 NY FINAL FLYER resized

The post Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky and Future Set To Headline Rolling Loud New York 2022 appeared first on The Source.

Livestream T-Pain’s Wiscansin Fest f/ Performances From Lil Jon, Juvenile, Erica Banks, and More

T-Pain Taps Lil Jon, Hannibal Buress, O.T. Genasis For Inaugural “Wiscansin Fest”

e033b7d8 9874 4e40 9946 03474d2614c4 1626541 TABLET LANDSCAPE LARGE 16 9

While his new single “That’s Just Tips” moves around hip hop, T-Pain, 37, joins the likes of J.Cole, Pharrell and Jay Z with the launch of his very own music festival, titled “Wiscansin Fest,” in Wisconsin this June.

MORE: T-Pain Teams with TIDAL for ‘1-833-4-TIPSONTIDAL’ to Give Tips to Emerging Artists

The award-winning recording artist and wife, Amber Najm, announced Wednesday (May 11) via social media that the inaugural Wiscansin Fest will debut June 11 in Milwaukee at Rave.

The “Buy U A Drank” creator, who has been building up anticipation for the first-ever festival with a 19-city “The Road to Wiscansin Tour,” names a 17 acts line-up with the announcement that includes chart-topping superstars and longtime collaborators of the Tallahassee native, featuring Lil Jon, O.T. Genasis, Bleu (Formerly Yung Bleu), K Camp, and Hannibal Buress with a DJ-set as the moniker Eshu Tune.

“The first of its kind @nappyboyentertainment presents a line up that I hand picked myself,” T-Pain wrote with celebration emojis in the Instagram caption with a photo of the Festival flyer. “This one means so much to me. Go get your tickets link in my bio before they sell out. See you on June 11th in the only place that felt right- Milwaukee, WISCANSIN.” 
“Wiscansin Fest!! @tpain’s first ever festival and I’m so proud of him. Y’all get your tickets now!!,” captions a proud Amber Najm in an Instagram post promoting the upcoming festival flyer.

MORE: T-Pain Calls Out Dallas Fans for Low Ticket Sales

The word “Wiscansin” originates from T-Pain’s verse on the 2008 classic “Can’t Believe It” featuring Lil Wayne from his gold-selling third album, Three Ringz (Jive). T-Pain changed the pronunciation of the state, Wisconsin, to “Wiscansin” to make a rhyme with “mansion. The success of “Can’t Believe It” spawned a remix with Justin Timberlake. In 2018, T-Pain launched a collegiate-themed apparel line, Wiscansin University, inspired by the word. 

Headline by T-Pain-himself, see the complete line-up to the inaugural Wiscansin Fest below.

T-Pain

Lil Jon

Bleu (Yung Bleu)

K Camp

O.T. Genasis

Kid Ink

Juvenile

Mija

Eshu Tune (Hannibal Buress)

Erica Banks

Softest Hard

Trap Beckham

Krizz Kaliko

Young Cash

Shonte Renee

The Black Amigo

DJay Mando

Very Handsome Billy
VIP and general public tickets for Wiscansin Fest are on sale now. You may purchase your tickets here.

The post T-Pain Taps Lil Jon, Hannibal Buress, O.T. Genasis For Inaugural “Wiscansin Fest” appeared first on The Source.

Erica Banks Releases A New Club Anthem, ‘Pop Out’

Last year, Erica Banks took over the world with her fierce, bass-heavy single “Buss It” that showcased her knack for intense beats and flawless flow. It became so big that it prompted the #BussItChallenge and celebrities like Chloe X Halle got involved. DaBaby even invited her to join his label Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment, but she turned it down.

Now, the viral star is back with the equally as addictive “Pop Out,” a club anthem with a very pink music video. The bass is as prominent as ever, and the song opens with a nod to iconic rapper Nelly’s “Hot In Herre”: “Hot off in the club, clothes off / I’m Nelly,” she raps.

That hit is actually also sampled in “Buss It,” about which she told Uproxx: “I have not talked to Nelly. It would be dope if I got to talk to him but I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to him. However, he did hit me with a follow on Instagram the other day. He also reposted his girlfriend dancing to the song, doing the ‘Buss It’ challenge. So, he has let me know that he does see me.”

Watch the video for “Pop Out” above.

Erica Banks is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Erica Banks Called “Entitled” As Video Surfaces Dissing Female Rappers

Erica Banks

A video was released on Twitter starring rapper Erica Banks in an interview where she talked about how she felt disregarded by Nicki Minaj.  People are calling her “entitled.” A video clip was posted on Twitter starring rapper Erica Banks in an interview on Big Facts Revolt.  During the interview, Banks professed her love of […]

The post Erica Banks Called “Entitled” As Video Surfaces Dissing Female Rappers appeared first on SOHH.com.