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The Hunger for More

Lloyd Banks

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Album Review

Lloyd Banks' being a member of the G-Unit posse, click, crew, whatever, means that the release of his debut is a huge event with a massive storm cloud of positive and negative hype looming above. Mixtapes had boasted it's the second coming, message boards had already declared it a disaster, but when you get down to it, all you're left with is a CD to throw in the player — a 120-mm-diameter disc of polycarbonate that's either going to have you bobbing your head to the beat or wondering what else you should have bought. Decide whether you can tolerate, ignore, or devour all the usual G-Unit boasts, brags, and threats, and know that The Hunger for More is another solid release from the crew and is a couple steps down from 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' and a step above G-Unit's Beg for Mercy. Know too that there's no "In da Club" here. Banks goes more for the long lyrical flows compared to 50's penchant for catchy chants, but there's no filler and there's about four or five tracks to add to the crew's hall of fame. With its marching-band snare and frantic loop, "Playboy" is the first contender, and one of the tracks that breaks away from the usual G-Unit thuggish funk. The stately "Warrior" is struck from the mold — as are the great "I'm So Fly" and "On Fire" — but it's all part of the album's great bouncing-between-the-two structure and perhaps executive producer 50 Cent's plan. To his credit, 50's given Banks plenty of room to explain himself; you could trim about three minutes of G-Unit propaganda and still have an album. Anyone questioning Banks' lyrical skills only needs to check his vivid picture of life on the streets, "Til the End." The frank narrative turns chilling as the rapper observes that crack addicts are part of picture — easy to dismiss losers when they're strangers but devastating when it's your family. There are many more moments that are striking enough to rise above the hype and drama, and even guest stars Snoop Dogg and Eminem end up just passers through in Banks' world. To define yourself as a complex individual in the G-Unit clan is a difficult task, but here's a rapper who can do it. The Hunger for More starts with the sound of a money counter flipping — a perfectly G-Unit opening — but in the end it's totally Banks. 50 Cent seems comfortable with this, but maybe even he missed some of the irony in the album's title.

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this is a great album. if you like any rap or just love g-unit you must have this. my favorites songs are: On Fire, the Warriors, Ain't No Click, If You So Gangsta, and I Get High. Just to tell you Eminem, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck are all featured in this cd. Buy This CD. Banks is On Fire in this record! NOTE: Em Is Not In On Fire!

The Hunger For More-Lloyd Banks

With 50 getting major publicity, it's time for G-Unit soldier number two to get his share. Ain't No Click: Havoc's production is a great opener, nice hook as Yayo joins Banks for this exciting gangsta cut. 3.5/5 Playboy: Ron Browz gives some interesting production and Banks tears it up with a great hook. 4/5 Warrior: Great beat, Banks sounds really good on this. 3.5/5 On Fire: Club production was nicely done, catchy hook, Banks does a good job with this. 5/5 I Get High: Smooth, decent track with Snoop and Fifty. 3/5 I'm So Fly: Timbaland's unique production is fitting as Banks is real smooth with a catchy hook. 4/5 Work Magic: Tougher track here, Banks metaphors are stunning and Buck assists. 3.5/5 If You So Gangsta: Decent production, Banks hook is the best part. 3.5/5 Warrior Pt. 2: Crazy beat by Em, as he, 50 and Nate Dogg upgrade this track with a remix. Great track one of the highlights. 4.5/5 Karma: Avant's soulful hook is nice, Ginx production is nicely done and Banks smoothness shines here. 4/5 When The Chips Are Down: Great sample and solid verse from Game, good track. 3.5/5 Til The End: Reflective track that was good. 3.5/5 Die One Day: Uptempo track that was decent. 3/5 Southside Story: Nice storytelling. 3.5/5 Banks debut is a solid album. Lyrically he has some stunning metaphors and the production was also pretty good. "Playboy" works because of it's different approach, "Warrior" and "Work Magic" are his tougher tracks. "On Fire", "I'm So Fly", "If You So Gangsta" and "Karma are his smoother tracks that work well. All around a good debut and my opinion the best member of G-Unit. Rating 7.5 out of 10

Lloyd Bank$ is ON FIRE!!!!!

Lloyd Bank$'s The Hunger for More is definetly straight up a great cd. It's gangsta to the core. Bank$ has something special when hes rappin in a song. It's hot!!! His cd is ON FIRE which means u NEED to buy this. Great G-UNIT classic. Lloyd Bank$ in the house!!!!!!

Biography

Born: April 30, 1982 in New Carrollton, MD

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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