Rotten Apple

Rotten Apple

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by Lloyd Banks
     
 

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After a promising debut, G-Unit soldier Lloyd Banks hedged his bets, subdued the hungry, punch line-filled style that defined him, and delivered a so-so effort that coasts on the G-Unit formula. With an EP's worth of heat -- the infectious single "Hands Up" with 50 Cent being the hottest -- Rotten Apple is noSee more details below

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After a promising debut, G-Unit soldier Lloyd Banks hedged his bets, subdued the hungry, punch line-filled style that defined him, and delivered a so-so effort that coasts on the G-Unit formula. With an EP's worth of heat -- the infectious single "Hands Up" with 50 Cent being the hottest -- Rotten Apple is no disaster, and there's no doubt the G-Unit faithful will get twice as much out of this than everyone else, especially with the G-Unit universe guest list and the numerous raw, freestyle-flavored productions that sound like they fell off a G-Unit Radio mixtape. The long, word-filled flows are here, as are the humorous stingers Banks likes to drop, but his delivery is surprisingly weary, and often on the more street tracks, the production is drab, making it easy to drift away from the words no matter how sharp. Luckily, G-Unit's bag of hooks just keeps on giving, and when Rotten Apple goes for polish, it succeeds. Besides "Hands Up," there's the cool "Help" -- a "one for the ladies" track with Keri Hilson -- and "You Know the Deal" with Rakim, which sounds exactly how Mobb Deep's G-Unit debut should have. Rocking it with a trio of Southern ballers -- Young Buck, Scarface, and 8Ball -- Banks offers the excellent "Iceman" before closing with "Gilmore's," one of those loose, casual, and satisfying numbers G-Unit members always seem to drop at or toward the end of their albums. "Iceman" and "Gilmore's" suggest Banks is the last soldier who should fall into the "I own this/I own that" or "I moved this many units/You didn't move nearly as many" ruts G-Unit is famous for, but he does, too often to ignore. The highlights are way high, but the album as a whole is "fans-only." [Rotten Apple was also made available in a clean version, with all explicit material removed.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
G-Unit Records
UPC:
0602517000483
catalogNumber:
000702402
Rank:
120338

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lloyd Banks   Primary Artist,Rap
Scarface   Rap
Mobb Deep   Rap
Rakim   Rap
Luis Resto   Keyboards
50 Cent   Rap
8Ball   Rap
Young Buck   Rap
Musiq (Soulchild)   Vocals
Tony Yayo   Rap
Mike Severson   Guitar
Scram Jones   scratching
Stu "Bassie" Brooks   Bass
Steve King   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Rev. C.L. Franklin   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
D. Morris   Composer
Luis Resto   Producer
Havoc   Audio Production
Timbaland   Audio Production
Steve Sola   Engineer
Eminem   Producer,Audio Production
Carlisle Young   Engineer
50 Cent   Executive Producer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
Tony Campana   Engineer
P. Rogers   Composer
Ron Browz   Producer
Dru Castro   Engineer
Nicole Frantz   Creative Assistance
Bruce Waynne   Producer
9th Wonder   Audio Production
Alex Ortiz   Engineer
Yvette Gayle   Publicity
Nick Speed   Producer
David Saslow   Promoter
Taurus Scott   Engineer
Joshua Fisher   Marketing
C.J. King   Composer
Sgt. C. Jackson   Composer
Andrew Flad   Marketing
Jermaine Mobley   Producer
Herve Romain   Promoter
Needlz   Audio Production

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