Apparently the stresses surrounding the lack of sales of his second album, along with the loss his father and the heightened health problems of his mother—she suffered two strokes around 2006—was too much for Banks.
“I was completely ready to say fuck it,” Banks told XXL contributing writer Ben Detrick. “50’s whole thing was just, ‘Push on, push on.’ But he didn’t grow up with his mother and his father. Seeing my life pass before my eyes, it was like, no matter how much shit you have or how good you’re doing, you’re going to go through this and be devastated.”
The Queens rapper apparently went 6-months without talking to Fif, but after former G-Unit president Sha Money XL reached out, he ended his self-imposed exile.