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The Hunger For More

Lloyd Banks

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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.

© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Ain't No Click (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:04:25

Havoc, Producer - Marvin Bernard, ComposerLyricist - Tony Yayo, FeaturedArtist - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Kejuan Waliek Muchita, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

2
Playboy (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:04:32

Rondell Turner, ComposerLyricist - Denny Laine, ComposerLyricist - Ron Browz, Producer - DJ Whoo Kid, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

3
Warrior (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:02:47

Eric Banks, ComposerLyricist - Red Spyda, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Ray Hubbard, ComposerLyricist - Bob Livingston, ComposerLyricist - Thayod Ausar, Producer - Steve Daniel Baughman, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

4
On Fire (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:03:07

Marshall Mathers, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Luis Resto, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Steve King, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kwamé Holland, ComposerLyricist - Harry Palmer, ComposerLyricist - Eminem, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Adrian Hall, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - K1 Mil, Producer

℗ 2004 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

5
I Get High (Album Version (Explicit))
50 Cent
00:04:09

Curtis Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Calvin Broadus, ComposerLyricist - Tony Cottrell, ComposerLyricist - Snoop Dogg, FeaturedArtist - 50 Cent, FeaturedArtist - Hi-Tek, Producer - Ky Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Steve Daniel Baughman, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

6
I'm So Fly
Lloyd Banks
00:04:00

Nathaniel Hills, ComposerLyricist - Tim Mosley, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marcella Araica, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danja, Producer, Co-Producer - Senator Jimmy D, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Timbaland, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ky Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

7
Work Magic (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:04:27

Young Buck, FeaturedArtist - David Brown, ComposerLyricist - Scram Jones, Producer - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Marc Schemer, ComposerLyricist - Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Carlise Young, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

8
If You So Gangsta (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:03:31

May, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sha Money XL, Producer - Michael Clervoix, ComposerLyricist - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Chad Burnette, ComposerLyricist - Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Prosper, ComposerLyricist - Chad Beat, Producer

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

9
Warrior Part 2 (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:03:38

Marshall Mathers, ComposerLyricist - Nathaniel Hale, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Luis Resto, ComposerLyricist - Steve King, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Eminem, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ky Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

10
Karma (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:04:38

MARVIN YANCY, ComposerLyricist - KC, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Charles Henry Jackson Jr., ComposerLyricist - Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Doby, ComposerLyricist - Carlise Young, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg "Ginx" Doby, Producer

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

11
When The Chips Are Down (Album Version (Explicit))
GAME
00:03:39

Jayceon Taylor, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Godley, ComposerLyricist - Laurence Neil Creme, ComposerLyricist - Robert Smith, ComposerLyricist - The Game, FeaturedArtist - Sha Money XL, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Clervoix, ComposerLyricist - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - D-Prosper, ComposerLyricist - Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Black Jeruz, Producer

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

12
Til The End (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:05:09

Marshall Mathers, ComposerLyricist - Luis Resto, ComposerLyricist - Steve King, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nate Dogg, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Eminem, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sha Money XL, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

13
Die One Day (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:03:14

Paul Gregory, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Porter, ComposerLyricist - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Robert A. Adair, ComposerLyricist - Baby Grand, Producer - Ronnie Williams, ComposerLyricist - Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

14
South Side Story (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:04:10

Luis Diaz, ComposerLyricist - Barry White, ComposerLyricist - Sha Money XL, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Christopher Lloyde, ComposerLyricist - Hugo Diaz, ComposerLyricist - The Diaz Brothers, Producer - Carlise Young, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

15
Just Another Day (Album Version (Explicit))
Lloyd Banks
00:03:29

A. Gilmour, ComposerLyricist - A. Hester, ComposerLyricist - C. Lloyd, ComposerLyricist - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

16
Take A Good Look (Non-LP Version)
Lloyd Banks
00:02:53

C. Lloyd, ComposerLyricist - Lloyd Banks, MainArtist - Justin Hendersen, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 G Unit/Interscope Records

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.

© David Jeffries /TiVo

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