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Lloyd Banks
Rotten Apple

Even after his celebrated mixtape grind and platinum debut, The Hunger for More, Lloyd Banks is still an underdog. With Tony Yayo’s and Mobb Deep’s G-Unit debuts both failing to reach the million-sold mark, the Queens, N.Y., native is left to reestablish his crew’s dominance on the charts outside of figurehead 50 Cent. Couple that pressure with New York’s yearning for an East Coast resurgence, and Banks’ sophomore release, Rotten Apple, is shaping up to be mission impossible. Picking up right where his ’04 smash “On Fire” left off, Banks serves up the 50-assisted “Hands Up” as his jump-off cut. Backed ...

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