Lloyd Banks
The Hunger For More


4.0
excellent

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2011 | 22 replies | 6,995 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lloyd Banks follows the mold of “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” to perfection

With the success of 50 Cent, it was only a matter of time before his buddies released albums. First was G-Unit’s very average Beg for Mercy, shortly after, Lloyd Banks’ The Hunger for More followed. Both these albums try to follow the formula used by 50: hardcore, thuggish rhymes with bouncy club beats and radio friendly songs. 50 made it seem easy with his mega selling debut so he is the executive producer on The Hunger for More and the rest of G-Unit, as well as Eminem contribute to Banks’ debut.

While not having 50 Cent’s charisma or catchy hooks, Lloyd Banks is a very capable lyricist and his first single, the Eminem produced ‘On Fire’ may not be 50’s ‘In da Club’ but it’s really not that far behind. Following in the same vein as ‘On Fire’ is the bouncy Timbaland produced ‘I’m So Fly’ with clever punch lines like “They boyfriend’s a scrub like Brillo 'cause Banks is cooler than the other side of the pillow.” Of course having an all-star cast of artists pitching in on your debut album doesn’t hurt like on ‘Warrior Part 2’ with verses by Eminem and 50 Cent as well as an outstanding chorus by the late, great Nate Dogg. Even with all the big names contributing on The Hunger for More, Banks manages to hold his own and doesn’t get outshined by these heavy hitters.

While the first ten tracks (culminating with the awful, poppy ‘Karma’) seem more geared toward mainstream radio, it’s the last four tracks where Banks truly shines. Game makes an appearance on ‘When The Chips Are Down’ with a memorable chorus “The paint is peeling, when the chips are down, you gotta lose all feeling, your head goes round and round.” ‘Til The End’ is a vivid, bone chilling story of life in the hood where “You know it's possible that you won't make it back in your bed,” the slow, keyboard-heavy Eminem beat creates a haunting mood that accentuates the themes Banks talks about. If ‘On Fire’ is Banks’ equivalent of ‘In da Club’, then album closer ‘Southside Story’ is his version of 50’s ‘Many Men’. The Diaz Brothers, although known more for their Reggaeton-style production, provide an exceptional beat, using an awe-inspiring Barry White string sample. Far from glorifying the thug life, ‘Southside Story’ talks about the horrors that go on in the streets of New York.

Banks says on ‘Die One Day’, “It's fucked up when you're only facial expression is a frown”, and he doesn’t exactly ooze personality, he may not have the charisma of 50 Cent but he can paint vivid pictures with his words. 50 Cent fell out of favor with most people very quickly, he along with G-Unit was shunned by the majority of hip-hop fans who proceeded to dismiss all releases by any of their members. If you automatically assume that Banks only released an album because he was affiliated with the biggest hip-hop star at the time, you would be mistaken, that may be the reason he got as much airplay but he proves that he is deserving of this opportunity. Most albums are very frontloaded, having their best songs at the beginning, The Hunger for More has the more popular, catchy songs in the first half of the album; it pulls you in this way and Banks closes it out in spectacular fashion.


Recommended tracks:
Southside Story
Til the End
On Fire



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somberlain
March 22nd 2011


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very underrated album, some truly great moments on here

Psilocyanide
March 22nd 2011


1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lloyd was always the only good G-Unit member.

ButcheredChildren
March 22nd 2011


5591 Comments


yo' on fie-ya

Xenorazr
March 22nd 2011


429 Comments


I'm not much for rap, but "On Fire" is such a great song. And "I'm So Fly" is so damn catchy.

Slum
March 22nd 2011


2579 Comments


I forgot this dude existed, used to love his singles if I remember correctly

Inveigh
March 22nd 2011


24963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fuck yes somb this is hugely underrated

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Bulldog
March 22nd 2011


3796 Comments


In way of G-Unit albums, this is second to Get Rich or Die Tryin', followed by Game's The Documentary.

Inveigh
March 22nd 2011


24963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I actually like all three of those about equally, just depends on my mood

but yeah those are far and away the three best G-Unit albums

MUNGOLOID
March 22nd 2011


4292 Comments


kinda surprised this dude gets more love than young buck now.

Hawks
March 22nd 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice Somb! Really good review, really good album.

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EyesWideShut
March 22nd 2011


3147 Comments


"try to do me harm soldier, ill put you in a black bag like grass out the lawnmower"

Bank's had some good mixtape stuff before this. 50's Guess Whos Back has some of G Units best songs.

cirq
March 23rd 2011


9264 Comments


"Lloyd was always the only good G-Unit member."
123


somberlain
March 23rd 2011


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kinda surprised this dude gets more love than young buck now

Young Buck was and is really wack, Banks has always been much better

Manic_
March 23rd 2011


447 Comments


Banks was just a better lyricist, Buck had the better records they're both ass now though

somberlain
March 23rd 2011


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Buck had the better records

really? what's his best?

iisblackstar
March 24th 2011


431 Comments


always sorta dismissed this guy because never dug the G-Unit stuff, but actually like what ive heard so far.
South Side Story is so good

Urinetrouble
March 26th 2011


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ohmigodthisisamazing

SCREAM!
October 24th 2011


10080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Used to have a real copy of this a long time ago. Relistening to Til The End and I think i might have to download it

Inveigh
October 24th 2011


24963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

do it

SCREAM!
October 29th 2011


10080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As far as mainstream hip hop goes this is surprisingly good



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