Start It Up (song)

"Start It Up"
Single by Lloyd Banks featuring Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie & Fabolous
from the album H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)
Released November 2, 2010
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded September 2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:49
Label G-Unit/EMI
Writer(s) C. Lloyd, K. West, J. Jackson, K. Dean, R. Leslie, C. McCormick
Producer(s) Cardiak
Lloyd Banks singles chronology
"Any Girl"
"Start It Up"
"I Don't Deserve You"
Kanye West singles chronology
"Start It Up"
"Christmas in Harlem"
Swizz Beatz singles chronology
"Gucci Time"
"Start It Up"
"Can a Drummer Get Some"
Fabolous singles chronology
"Swagger Right"
"Start It Up"
"You Be Killin Em"
Ryan Leslie singles chronology
"You're Not My Girl"
"Start It Up"
"So Forgetful"

"Start It Up" is the third single from Lloyd Banks' third album H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2).[1] The song features Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie & Fabolous, it was produced by Cardiak. The song was released as a digital download on November 2, 2010.


The song originally leaked off Lloyd Banks upcoming album The Hunger for More 2, even though it was not official released as a digital download it still managed to gain airplay, resulting to the song charting on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It was unknown whether that the song would be released as a single or not until he confirmed it in an interview on 102 Jamz.[2] Whilst speaking to MTV News, Banks' said this about the track,

"That was one of the last joints I recorded for my album,”. “Originally it was me and Fab, then I got Kanye, then Swizz was in the city and so was Ryan." "The whole Kanye West thing happened, it was shortly after the tweet that he wrote, the comment he made about me being underrated and should be in everybody's top five. We read that statement, and it kind of took off on its own. I definitely appreciated that. Just for him to say that opens up the eyes that have been watching him [to me]. And from there, it made sense to go into the studio with him. Shortly after that, we went into the studio."
Lloyd Banks

In an interview with Rap-Up, Banks explained that Swizz Beatz was not originally on the chorus.[3] At first it was thought that Kanye West had produced the track, but it was later confirmed that it was up and coming producer named Cardiak.[4] A testament to the fast-paced music industry in 2010, Banks said, "The difference from that track being me and Fab and having Kanye was 24 hours."[5]


The official UK remix featuring Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, Sway DaSafo, & Giggs was released on December 3, 2010.[6] The official Extended Version was released on December 7, 2010. The extended version is the same as the original with the addition of a verse from Pusha T. [7]

The official remix keeps Kanye's and Fabolous's verses, but adds a verse from Young Jeezy and a new verse from Lloyd Banks.

Music video

In an interview with DJ Whoo Kid on Sirius Radio, Lloyd Banks confirmed that a music video will be made for the song, but a date has not been confirmed.[8] It is believed that the video will feature Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie & Fabolous.[9] It had been confirmed that Lloyd Banks was shooting his part for the video on November 12, 2010.[10] Via Twitter it was confirmed that the G-Unit Riderz would make a cameo appearance in the video. However it is believed that because of the difficulty of getting the artists together at one time there may be no video.[11]


Chart (2010) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[12] 5
scope="row"US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 52

Release history

Region Date Format
United States November 2, 2010[14] Digital download
November 30, 2010[15] Urban radio


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  4. "Start It Up (Prod by Cardiak) [Dirty][CDQ] - Song by Lloyd Banks". Hot New Hip Hop. Oct 11, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  5. J-23 (Oct 8, 2010). "Lloyd Banks Tells The Story Behind The Kanye West-Assisted "Start It Up"". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  6. "Lloyd Banks – Start It Up [Official UK Remix]". 100 percent UK. Dec 3, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  7. "Lloyd Banks – Start It Up f. Kanye West, Fabolous, Swizz Beatz". Dec 7, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  8. "50 Cent Official Twitter". Twitter. 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  9. "Lloyd Banks Calls into DJ Whoo Kid Speaks On Eminem,Shooting A Video For "Start It Up",Akon and More". YouTube - GunitsSoldierTV Channel. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  10. "Twitter". Twitter - GUNIT_RIDERZ. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  11. "Twitter". Twitter - GUNIT_RIDERZ. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  12. "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles – Issue Date: 2010-12-11" (requires registration). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  13. "Lloyd Banks – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Lloyd Banks. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  14. "Start It Up at Amazon". Amazon. November 2, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  15. "Lloyd Banks Start It Up Single". 50 Cent Official Website. November 30, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
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