Marked by strong, bold rhymes, rapper Roddy Banks has been an artist from the start. Born Rolland Elendu, his unique background of Nigerian and American cultures enables him the unique perspective of understanding what it means to be a young black man in America and west Africa. Through all life’s pleasure and anguish, artistic value has become the foundation of his expression, and he began writing lyrics at the age of 10.
“In the end, it’s not the things we did that we regret the most; it’s the things we did not do.” ~Mark Twain
Committed to this belief, he continued to surround himself with all forms of creativity, all the while honing his talent as a lyricist. When met with the opportunity to work with Waka Flocka Flame, he jumped at it. It led to tours with Kid Ink, Kirko Bangz, performances at the JCI Music Festival, and the unforgettable experience to perform with Ludacris and B.o.B. Inspired to produce his own studio sound, emerging artist Banks released M.O.A.Y.N. (Mind of a Young Ni**a) in 2017 and is currently working on his first project, an EP titled "X&O's".
“Vibes, energy and life give me the urge to create, but when I need that force, that push, I do it to relate, to talk to people through music, to paint a picture with words in the background of what’s going through our minds.”