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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.

Customer Reviews


This wont be the full reveiw I normally do. Instead, I'll just express my opinion. This is not quite the same Lloyd Banks that won mixtape artist of the year a while ago. He was wonderfull on his mixtapes like "Victory." And also on 50 Cents Dont Push Me, he does a wonderful job. Dont get me wrong, I like the album, often considered buying it, but yet, there are points on the album that just arn't, well, Banks enough. Ain't No Click is an example. But look on the bright side; On Fire was accually quite a bit like In Da Club (the reason Eminem is credited to be on the song, I believe, is that he probably produced the track).If you listen closely enough, you can tell it was made with In Da Club in mind. Karma is a fun song to listen to with a date, but to tell you the truth, I have to say that possibly his best work came from Playboy or Die One Day. It reminded me of what he used to do. When his next album comes out, you can bet that he will turn into a star. I'll see you then.

Not Bad

Lloyd Banks - The Hunger For More is a fantastic gangsta' rap CD. I got 2 songs, 1). On Fire (ft. 50 Cent) 2). I Get High (ft. 50 Cent & Snoop Dogg) and I hope to get more later. If you love Southern Gangsta' Rap, you'll love Lloyd Banks.

Great CD!

This is my favorite cd ever! Banks spits crazy lyrics and nice beats. its worth 7.99 because u get 13 good songs on it. Top songs: 1. Warrior pt. 2 2. Work Magic 3. Playboy 4. Southside story 5. On fire the rest of the songs are tight too! Overall great album that any g-unit fan should buy! Rotten Apple drops July 18 but probably will be pushed back. G-unit


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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