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Rakeem Ishmauel Mahammad Williams (born on February 19, 1994), better known by his stage name Rocky Banks, is an American alternative Hip-Hop artist from Houston, TX. Banks began to gain recognition following the late 2015/early 2016 release of his first solo project, "In Other News I Don't Do Drugs Anymore", which first introduced the artist's personal hardships and his acceptance of drug addiction.

 

Following the release of this project, Banks received cosigns from The Fader, Hip-Hop DX, Los Angles Leakers, and Revolt TV. In early 2017, Banks returns with a sophomore project titled "Trust in Banko", pulling in over 70,000 hits on Livemixtapes. After the 2018 release of Banks’ "Big Little Brother, banks begins receiving nods from Mass Appeal, EarMilk, & HighSnobriety. with the inclusion of gaining some unexpected attention from the mistake of his chant worthy single "Through the phone" being performed by power house mcs Kendrick lamar & chance the rapper, banks continued to begin popping up on many consumers radar.

 

 the Houston MC has shown he is capable creating consistent bodies of work. proving so on his most recent 2019 release, "Law Of the black sheep" featuring his breakout single "ambience". banks begins to get the attention of hot 97's Lead man Ebro Darden leading to a world premiere on Beats 1 Radio. transparently highlighting his continued battle with vices, legal troubles, and testing circumstances ; Banks is on course to being one of hip hop's most promising influences.