Don’t Pass on Brooklyn Drill Rapper Bizzy Banks’ Single “No Passes”
New York’s drill scene is filled with a number of talented artists looking to cement their place at the top of the pack. One of those artists is Trinidadian-American Brooklyn rapper Majesty Moses, better known by his stage name Bizzy Banks. Hailing from the East New York area of Brooklyn, Banks raps about some of the grittier experiences he’s had growing up. Banks’ new single “No Passes” revisits some of this territory and comes with an accompanying music video that allows Banks to flex his status as one of Brooklyn’s more-recognizable drill artists.
At a time when Bronx drill rappers and even Brooklyn rappers are adopting a more grisly, rough delivery, Banks stands out for a smoother, laid-back approach to delivering his lyrics which is reminiscent of a young Fabolous. His breakout single “Don’t Start” hit the airwaves in 2019 and he’d been enjoying a steady flow of success on the backs of 2020’s album GMTO Vol. 1 (Get Money Take Over) and 2021’s album Same Energy until being arrested in early 2022. “No Passes” is the second single after Banks was released from this recent stint in jail after the initial single “I Can’t,” which dropped earlier in September.
The single “No Passes” starts with ominous strings matched with Bizzy Banks’ opening ad-libs and feels like classic Brooklyn drill. It is a straightforward return to form for Bizzy Banks, who continues his reign as one of Brooklyn’s more recognizable voices in the drill scene. Banks’ flow is warmed up in the first couple of bars:
I told bro, “We ain’t givin’ no passes”
They start runnin’ ’cause he started throwin’
It get lit in the heat of the moment
Yeah, they know who gon’ put it in motion
Create these waves, b****, I’m the whole ocean
The lyrics underscore his confidence and also his ability to defend himself and his crew if necessary. The pun “no passes” and “started throwin” shows a budding lyricism that keeps Banks’ bars fresh.
The single comes with the release of an accompanying music video directed by Gerard Victor. The music video is lit up in a red motif. It features Banks driving through Times Square in a Red Ferrari sports car. To match, the interior is dark with a neon red light. The majority of the video is also shot in a red hue, which underscores the dark energy of the song. Banks and entourage can be seen getting sturdy and flashing jewelry.
It is certainly a full-squad affair, and there’s a mix of fun and danger present in both the lyrics and the video. Although everyone is having a good time, violence is a reality that is lurking in the background. For those who might come to ruin their good time, Banks threatens “I’ma turn to John Wick,” a reference to the Keanu Reeves-led action thriller franchise known for its eponymous gun-toting protagonist.
Bizzy Banks is an artist ready to take over Brooklyn’s drill scene. Check out his discography on Spotify below.