Richie Banks is the definition of the young hustler. With the mind of a mogul, the Arkansas native studied and learned from the legends of the natural state. Born and raised Little Rock Ark., Banks is beginning to take over his area and the land as makes from to build his foundation on three words Guap Gang Militia (G2M). Humble with passion in the music, he is believes in less words and more actions.
Since 2018, Richie Banks has delivered several mixtapes from Never Not Working 2, :24, Straight Talk the Mixtape, and his latest Traptivist hosted by Gutta TV. With the mind of mogul and the son of a hustler, Banks can’t lose with an authentic formula like this to the game.
Richie Banks: Being in the clubs is very, very important. If you don’t do it right, you make it unimportant. Its important because it shows the DJs you give a f* about your craft, that you’re willing to push it to the next level and on the artist end it’s important because you need to know the feel of how these DJs and tastemakers operate and how they work. You want to build all of these types of relationships with people outside of social media because you can feel each other out more face to face. You can know what’s real and what’s not. Because the internet comes with smoke & mirrors. Anybody can say anything over the internet or over the phone. So, being in the field is very important.
RESPECT.: What’s a “Traptavist”?
Richie Banks: A Traptavi$t is an advocate of the trap… a frontline leader. A hustler/trapper, at the end of the day, it’s the same motor but you’re just switching the car. You’re the one that’s making the car go, you’re the motor. That’s what I want to instill in today’s trapper. Take that and evolve into something legit.
Richie Banks: I plan on working with anyone who wants to tap in with me. I’m loving the AR music scene right now so it’s whoever taps in with me. I’m more into the vibe, I don’t want to do a song just to do a song, I’d rather have a relationship with the person I’m on a song with because I feel that’s when you make better music! Versus just trying to put some shit together just because.
RESPECT.: You dropped a single “Long Live Bankroll”, what made you drop this record?Richie Banks: Long Live Bankroll Fresh. He’s on my Mount Rushmore, so its just me paying respect to someone I look up to greatly. And I have other appreciation/dedication tracks to my other Mount Rushmore members on the way.
RESPECT.: What does RESPECT. mean to you?
Richie Banks: RESPECT. is treating your brother, your sister, your loved ones with the utmost gratitude no matter the circumstances because you know the character of that person.
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