I hungered for more...
Mikeisha Best | Mitchellville, Maryland United States | 02/24/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Of the slew of rappers in music, Lloyd Banks has always stood out to me. This is ironic because I have heard his music on the radio and television, but never listened to any of his albums entirely. So, why does he stand out? He's cute in a strange way and I like his voice. Also, although he's apart of G-Unit, he seems to be more mature than most of the other members of that group of males. I picked "Rotten Apple" up because I saw him on 106 & Park talking about it. After listening to it, I'm disappointed. I was expecting music that I could add to my iPod and jam to, but, sadly, I found none. There are several decent songs here, but that is all you are going to find. Banks doesn't rap quickly, he raps in a laid back manner. The lyrics are ok, but he said nothing that has stuck with me. The production, for the most part, is the typical G-Unit sound. Slower numbers, mid-tempos and up-beats are all found here, and there are one or two good beats, but again, that's all. The guest appearances are good. I enjoyed them.
Lloyd Banks usually delivers his songs in the same way, and that sent me into a slight state of boredom as I was listening to "Rotten Apple." However, in the chorus of "Stranger", Banks is rapping in a very low tone; I like that namely because it was a change of pace for him. As a whole, "Stranger" is a pretty weak offering with its dry production and average lyrics. His delivery on "Survival" is nice. The first few songs on the album set the tone for the entire record and this is a decent song. Musiq offers his talents on "Addicted", which is one of the best numbers here. Banks's delivery and lyrics are good as so is the beat.
I still like Lloyd Banks. He has improvement written all over him. All that is left for him to do is...improve. Recommended to G-Unit supporters.
Mikeisha's Top 5
5. "NY NY"