The Score: Lloyd Banks- "Hunger For More 2"

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 4:25PM

Written by Amaiya Davis & J. Bachelor

THE SCORE
THE SCORE 9/10
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  • Hunger For More 2
  • Lloyd Banks
  • November 22, 2010
Planet Ill 4/5
Street Logik 4/5
Hip-Hop Music Dot Com 4.3/5
Hip Hop Galaxy 5/5
Rap Review 6.5/10

G-Unit member Lloyd Banks' appetite returns with his third studio release, Hunger for More 2.

Although G-Unit's Terminate on Sight album was released in 2008, it has been four years since Banks has released a solo effort.

"I'd rather die enormous than live dormant, that's how we on it" -Jay-Z "Can I Live". The sentiment captured by Hov is prevalent on the streets of New York, where anonymity is equated with nothing and relegated to a fate worse than death. To be somebody when you come from nothing fuels the hunger for more of those that stop at nothing. Lloyd Banks had that hunger, but even after satisfying that hunger he remains ravenous. This mindstate runs amok on The Hunger For More 2 where money cars and status are the ultimate goal. Luckily for Banks, his production and a new crop of guests have enough collective talent to bring a fresh feel to an old idea.(Planet Ill)

For this LP, Banks satisfied his hunger pangs with several of hip-hop's burgeoning and re-emerging artists.

With a new label behind him in EMI, the sequel to his platinum-selling debut contains a who's who of Hip-Hop heavyweights such as Curtis himself, Styles P, Ryan Leslie, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Akon, Pusha T, Raekwon, and Juelz Santana. (Street Logik)

A wide array of producers were on hand to cook up beats for the feast.

On choice cut "Warrior," the narcissism begins : "I'm smooth as the Isleys, sometimes I surprise me." Then there's the self-explanatory "I'm So Fly," produced by Timbaland, and "If You So Gangsta," where he informs his fellow hood dwellers why they can't compete with the "rap Lebron." As with all G Unit productions, the beats are first-rate. Remarkable backing tracks supplied by underrated producers Hi-Tek and Baby Grand ("I Get High," "Die One Day") act as a much needed counterweight to Banks's clichéd thug-guns-girls-jewelry banter.(Hip Hop Galaxy)

The "Punch Line King" recently discussed collaborating on the album's lead single  with Dipset member Juelz Santana.

"The Juelz feature is something that didn't happen in [the past] because we had two of our own entities," Banks explained in an interview. "G-Unit had a lot of our own artists we had to showcase, same with Dipset. I was doing records with Prodigy, Mobb Deep, with everybody. I didn't have to go outside the circle. I was excited about the staff we had there. Now it's time for change. To have 'Beamer, Benz or Bentley' added to [radio station] Hot 97 within three or four days was incredible. That was one mixshow weekend that really came at the right time. I'm so thankful, man. It goes to show as long as you keep striving for what you believe in and your goals, you can make it happen." (MTV)

While the LP may not be a five-star dish, critics agree that Hunger for More 2 is sure to satisfy those who crave hardcore beats and clever wordplay.

Hunger For More 2 plays through fully with no fillers, there is quite a few features but it wasn't overkill to a point where it sounds like a posse album. It's a straight up rap album, hard bars over hard beats. Apart from the radio singles some of the more notable records include "Celebrity," "Unexplainable," "Sooner Than Later," and "Payback (P's and Q's)" featuring 50 Cent which is reminiscent of that classic G-Unit sound.(Hip Hop Music Dot Com)
Overall, this is the best gangster album of the year. Banks can rap unlike most fake gangster rappers and drop true bangers for the streets thats respectable and not cheesy, with not much substance on the album, yet I still appreciate the album and Banks didn't try to fit with what is "hot" and he just dropped what he knows and I can't help but have respect for a rapper who does that. Banks is nice and I think hip hop needed this album to balance out the game.(Prolific Movement Blog)

To purchase Hunger For More 2, just click here.

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