Hunger for More

Hunger for More

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by 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 aSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602498627624
catalogNumber:
000282602
Rank:
17756

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lloyd Banks   Primary Artist
K.C.   Vocals
DJ Whoo Kid   Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Lloyd   Composer
DJ Hi-Tek   Producer
Kelly Holland   Composer
Luis Resto   Producer
B. White   Composer
Havoc   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Thayod Ausar   Producer
Eminem   Producer
Carlisle Young   Engineer
Paul Gregory   Producer,Engineer
Senator Jimmy D   Engineer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
50 Cent   Executive Producer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
N. Hale   Composer
Adrian Hall   Engineer
Danjah   Producer
Diaz Brothers   Producer
Sha Money XL   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Red Spyda   Producer
Ron Browz   Producer
Nicole Frantz   Creation
Kyla Miller   Engineer
Gregory "Ginx" Doby   Producer
Black Jeruz   Producer
Scram Jones   Producer
Chad Beat   Producer
Jayceon Taylor   Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering

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