Newly-signed 1501 Entertainment rapper Erica Banks (real name Erica Scharmane Breaux) is turning some heads in the lead up to the drop of her debut mixtape as a 1501 Entertainment signee. Simply titled “Erica Banks,” it’s set to launch on June 19, 2020.
Prior to “Erica Banks,” the 21-year-old artist had dropped three mixtapes: “Cocky on Purpose,” “Pressure” and “Art of the Hustle.”
Born in DeSoto, Texas, Banks’ southern-flavored, confident flow is drawing comparison to fellow Texan Megan thee Stallion (real name Megan Pete), who is also signed to 1501 Entertainment, a label owned by retired MLB player Carl Crawford.
Notably, Banks was in a romantic relationship with 25-year-old Bethany Lartigue, who in May drowned while attempting to save a five-year-old boy who also ended up drowning in a pool at Crawford’s home.
Given Megan’s contentious relationship with 1501 Entertainment, some have accused Crawford of signing Banks as a way to bolster his claims he’s owned credit for much of Megan’s success.
In a March video made during the period Megan was attempting to renegotiate her contract, the 25-year-old scoffed at Crawford’s claims. She said, “You mad because I don’t want to roll over and bow down like a little bitch and you don’t want to renegotiate my contract. N****s be like, ‘Oh yea, they made Megan thee Stallion.’ Megan thee Stallion was Megan thee Stallion before I even got over there. I been rapping, been freestyling, been doing me, been Meg.”
Check out a sampling of Bank’s flow below.