17 Songs, 1 Hour, 4 Minutes

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Following in the tradition of rappers doing sequels to their best albums (see: Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 and Fat Joe's Jealous One's Still Envy), G Unit soldier Lloyd Banks looks to get back to his early, hungry sound following up a few records that came and went with very little fanfare. His flow is still appropriately grimy, but sounds more focused and less lackadaisical than in recent years, though his lyrics are still pretty much all about cars, cash, murder, and mamacitas. The biggest difference here is the production – the slow jams are legitimately funky (check "I Don't Deserve You" and "So Forgetful") and the gangster joints are downright raw, especially  "Home Sweet Home" with Pusha T and the string-laced opener "Take 'Em to War" featuring Tony Yayo. Guest stars abound, including 50 Cent, Styles P, Raekwon, Juelz Santana, Swizz Beatz, Akon, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, and Fabolous, but it's Banks himself who sounds rejuvenated and ready for his comeback.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following in the tradition of rappers doing sequels to their best albums (see: Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 and Fat Joe's Jealous One's Still Envy), G Unit soldier Lloyd Banks looks to get back to his early, hungry sound following up a few records that came and went with very little fanfare. His flow is still appropriately grimy, but sounds more focused and less lackadaisical than in recent years, though his lyrics are still pretty much all about cars, cash, murder, and mamacitas. The biggest difference here is the production – the slow jams are legitimately funky (check "I Don't Deserve You" and "So Forgetful") and the gangster joints are downright raw, especially  "Home Sweet Home" with Pusha T and the string-laced opener "Take 'Em to War" featuring Tony Yayo. Guest stars abound, including 50 Cent, Styles P, Raekwon, Juelz Santana, Swizz Beatz, Akon, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, and Fabolous, but it's Banks himself who sounds rejuvenated and ready for his comeback.

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About Lloyd Banks

Lloyd Banks was raised in Jamaica, Queens, by his Puerto Rican mother; his father spent much of his son's childhood behind bars. Like many young men amid the poverty and ruin of his community, he found solace through ghetto poetry and the work of rappers like Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. He dropped out of high school at the age of 16, finding the structured environment a hindrance to his developing talent for rhyming. After appearing on numerous local mixtapes, Banks, along with childhood friends Tony Yayo and 50 Cent, formed a crew called G-Unit, a group that proceeded to redefine the term "street marketing" with a series of self-released albums that included original numbers and quality artwork. Banks stayed on with 50 Cent, appearing on the artist's now classic 2003 debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. November of that same year saw the release of G-Unit's Beg for Mercy. Banks' long-awaited solo debut for G-Unit/Interscope Records, Hunger for More, was released in June 2004. He followed it two years later with Rotten Apple. In 2010, G-Unit announced they were leaving Interscope and partnering with EMI for Banks' third album, H.F.M., Vol. 2 (The Hunger for More, Vol. 2). ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    New Carrollton, MD
  • GENRE
    Hip-Hop/Rap
  • BORN
    April 30, 1982

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