I prefere the signature graphic you made rather than this. Anyway the font sucks that lets the banner down because the BG is pretty decent. However you could improve your BG further by if you had used some different effects or preferably added lighter colours. The cut placements looks good to me. Overall it's not a bad effort.
I realise that now.
At first glance however it looked like a graphic that he had put together himself to promote his site or some other crap, But it turns out to be an banner for an un official tupac webpage which i didn't assume at the time.