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The Hunger for More

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    eyecalone of playahata says...

    The Hunger For More won't make you ask for Seconds. Lloyd Banks is a man on a mission. And even though it is never clearly stated on his solo debut album, The Hunger For More, I think that mission has something to do with getting more money and "pimping more hoes" (or at least talking like it). If Lloyd Banks new what was good for him however, that mission would also include stepping out of the shadow of 50 Cent. Though 50 Cent, on the surface, keeps a low profile in terms of guest appearances for Bank's debut, 50 Cent's fingerprints are all over the album. Whether it's the hooks on songs like "Warrior", "If You So Gangsta", and "On Fire", the arrangements of the songs, or even Banks almost slurred delivery The Hunger For More takes on the sound and feel of something that you've heard before. And considering their isn't an original thought on the entire album and the overexposure of 50 Cent and the G-Unit, you probably have. The criticism and numerous shortcomings of Banks debut are for the most part, identical to those that can be leveled and most of commercial rap coming out these days; it's uncreative, unoriginal, ultra-misogynistic, ignorant, and damn it, it just plain doesn't sound good! How long does it take to come up with song concepts like "I'm So Fly" and "I Get High" and to lay them down over such suspect beats? Sure some of the beats save songs or at least make them bearable such as the cuts, "Work Magic", "South Side Story", and "Warrior Pt 2" but for overall the production is not quite consistent. In the months leading up to his debut LP, Banks generated a buzz for himself, by simply being a member of the G-unit, but also by laying down a number of verses on mix-tapes that were well received on the streets. Since then, the wittiness and punch, of Bank's punch lines must have dulled considerably because lyrically he's no longer all that impressive, assuming he ever was. Though apparently "hungry for more", this album won't leave listeners feeling that way, and even this early in his career, Banks is a lot closer to a man out of gas than a Man on Fire.  

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