He rocks, he bops

As Sickamore pointed out earlier this week, people simply do not like Lloyd Banks. Not on the Internet, obviously, but not in the press either. Rotten Apple has only been out a couple of days and the piss-poor reviews are already stacking up. Critics are complaining the beats on the LP are inconsistent, that “Hands Up” is a lifeless remake of “On Fire,” that playboy’s punch lines aren’t what they once were. Folks are saying dude is a one-dimensional robot rapper—that he lacks excitement, that he lacks charisma, that he’s perpetually on autopilot. They’re saying that Banks has lost his hunger with Rotten Album.

As it happens, they’re wrong. I’m not saying the Boy Wonder is the hottest rapper out. I’m not saying he’s enough to halt the inevitable G-Unit downfall so many have been praying for. (What goes up must come down.) And I’m certainly not saying he’s gonna Bring New York Back! or anything crazy. [1] I’m just saying that Banks is not garbage [2] and any music critic that says so is caught up in negative hype.

People need to sit down and actually listen to the album. It’s not bad. It’s a solid release, complete with some dope beats (“The Cake”) and some clever rhymes (“Enough to make a weak man go mano-a-mano/Guess what? I’m strong as rum out of the bottle”) and some decent car bangers (“Playboy 2”). “Hands Up” is fire for the clubs. [3] “Make a Move” and “Ice Man” aren’t half bad either. [4] The requisite Excuse Me Miss effort “Help” fits the thug-love-for-the-ladies bill.

I doubt Banks will get a smash hit with any of these records, but he’s still young. Sometimes the tortoise wins the race rather than the hare. I don’t think he can be written off just yet.

Can Cheeba Stasher stigma and false rumors about a gay porn tape really hurt a decent rapper that much? Guess we’re about to find out.

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[1] Hov is busy doing that.

[2] Favorite Banks track: “Til the End”

[3] I’m female, and if you haven’t heard, us females like to dance. Get our Shakira on, and whatnot.

[4] I need some Buck in my life. Not to mention a little Clipse. Jive, what’s up? Are you going to mess around and ruin my Christmas?

  • Bobo D

    1st

  • Bobo D

    Truthfully. I don’t know what to comment on Bank$. Since Hunger For More I always said I can’t wait for the next LP. Then when The Big Withdraw dropped I was blown away. Now cause of Bank$ lead single hands up, I’m a bit hesitant to get Rotten Apple. But maybe if you say is that hot… I’ll go cop it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dronkmunk dronkmunk

    foist!

  • Enlightened

    People need to sit down and actually listen to the album. It’s not bad.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Not bad? Damn, you’re trying to sell us on the album and the best compliment you got. I think that says a lot.

  • Enlightened

    P.S. Some of y’all need to understand that PUNCHLINES don’t mean as much to some fans as say, CONTENT, FLOW, DELIVERY.
    PUNCHLINES can contribute to, but are not a substitute for LYRICISM.

    Ask yourselves why YOUNG BUCK is not more loved than LLOYD BANKS, which is the opposite of when they first came out. It ain’t cause he stabbed a nigga with a fork, I’ll tell you that.

  • Enlightened

    One more thing, by saying “HATERS STILL WON’T GIVE BANKS HIS PROPS,” are you implying that anyone that doesn’t give Banks props is a hater? Hopefully not, cause that’s just not true.

  • Harlem G

    Banks is not that good, if he aint singing, he does that same emotionless flow, shit is boring

  • TARA

    Enlightened:”These haters still won’t give me my props/I’m shocked” is a line from “Playboy 2″ off Rotten Apple.

  • Enlightened

    Tara -
    Thanks for clearing that up. See, that shows you I haven’t heard it.

    Ask yourselves why YOUNG BUCK is not more loved than LLOYD BANKS, which is the opposite of when they first came out.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I MEANT ASK YOURSELVES WHY YOUNG BUCK IS (NOW) MORE LOVED THAN LLOYD BANKS. Meaning, now he is.

  • Fernando

    Young Buck is about….10x better than banks. Banks sounds like a 300 pound deaf old man reading his raps off a piece of paper. Even that voice shit they did on that new song doesnt help.

    Co-sign on how Tara didnt do much to help his case by saying “compared to the horrendous reviews, its not THAT bad”… Thats like saying ” I was expecting the steak from TGI fridays to be completely miserable & dry, but there was actually a few good bites”….I will never, EVER buy a lloyde banks album……..ever.

  • weezybaby

    HE DOESNT COMPLETELY SUCK(AND I HATE GUNIT) BUT HE JUSS LOST HIS PUNCHLINES AND STILL CALLS HIMSELF THE PUNCHLINE BOY, BUT I LIKE ABOUT 2 SONGS OFF ROTTEN APPLE ALOT AND 5 MORE ARE LISTENABLE HE SINGS A LITTLE THAT TURNS ME OFF (NO NEYO RUMOR) BUT I LIKE OTHER RAPPERS (WEEZY BABY, J TO THA MUAHHH, LUPE FIASCO, THE GAME(HES NOT THAT BAD) AND STYLES P

  • E.Williams

    Banks is a battery-powered toy soldier.

  • weezybaby

    TARA HOW CAN I GET A JOB LIKE YOURS?

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    The funny thing is when I heard “On Fire” (well some of it) I thought he had a deep voice and then I heard “hands up”, and he sounds like Mike Tyson, doesn’t even look like Banks would even rap like he does.

  • Bang

    banks is better when he’s in a group and stealin the show with a 16, but he’s nto built for a whole album. his voice and energy is weak, plus he needs some better hooks and more people around him

  • Killa

    Honestly it seems like he was going to get hated on regardless! When G-unit went platinum yall said they were commercial and they lost their street edge.
    Then when this shit came out gritty and street yall still hate, so what the fuck is the point of yall commenting anymore?
    The album came out hard, that’s it, that’s all!

    Rotten Apple is a dope album support good music

  • Young A. Simmons

    I’ll prolly be on the Limewire tomorrow downloading Rotten Apple (cos only a fool would pay for a Banks album) so i can’t really comment till I hear it in full.

    What i will say Tara is that Hov isn’t the saviour of NY, that title belongs to Mr Jones.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    if u listen to lyrics and stop listening to the beats then you would understand this shit is fire
    This nigga lloyd banks came with that fire cuz! This is the type of shit we need in hip hop now!

    it be a good album… nice lyrics… just darker beats

  • soopadoopa

    Banks is cool but his flow sounds like only one of the deliveries that fabolous uses. He’s nice though!!!

    100

  • Kanye

    Y’all are gonna hate on this album? For real? Damn man… I agree that the energy level of Banks fell off a little but that’s the whole darkside of the rotten apple thing he’s got going here… this sh*t is mad gritty… straight up NY Rider music… bump this album in your car… He ain’t so much with the punchlines on this one but he makes some fukn good songs… that 9th Wonder joint is crazy.

    Rotten Apple is straight fire and is exactly what New York rap needed man, word up.

  • Kanye

    THE NEW YORK MOVEMENT STARTS NOW
    WITH ROTTEN APPLE ….. COP THE ALBUM IT’S HOT

    BANKS IS THE FUTURE
    SUPPORT NEW YORK

    SUPPORT LYRICS , RHYMES & SMART WITTY PUNCHLINES

  • Atl’s own

    banks flow is so lethargic, jus plain borin’.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    I have mixed feelings about banks’s album. First off its no where near as garbage as people are making it seem. Its a good album. Not as diverse as the first album, but he did what he wanted to on this one and thats really give you street music.

    The following are all true:
    He is emotionless, his voice is annoying, and his punches can get boring sometimes.

    But even after all of this, his album is strong. The difference between the two albums are that the direction of the first was heavily inlfuenced by 50, this one was more influenced by Banks.

  • e

    Can Cheeba Stasher stigma and false rumors about a gay porn tape really hurt a decent rapper that much?
    ^^^^
    Banks is alright but there are so many other rappers with his talent that don’t have as much stacked against them.(Cassidy, Fabo, JR Writer)

    I’m female, and if you haven’t heard, us females like to dance. Get our Shakira on
    ^^^^^
    Quite teasing me

  • http://rodneydugue.blogspot.com RD

    Tara, I reviewed Rotten Apple and I can’t really say I was impressed. I do agree with your assessment that it is premature to write Banks off, but you must admit his debut was better, far better. If interested, here’s my review http://rap.about.com/od/albumreviews/fr/RottenApple.htm

  • Incilin

    i cant believe this. Those other reviews are much better than urs cuz thier right. banks has lost his hunger , and i was a huge banks fan from the day i first heard him (Which was on the now classic street banger Banks Victory) and i liked his first record (which could have been better) and i know hes not done cuz hes still young, but still. i dont get how u can claim hands up is a good track cuz it wasnt a hit at all. and in the streets of NY i dont bank’s name being brought up like i once did.

  • john cochran

    I will say this, they did a horrible job of promoting him cause I didnt even know the shit was dropping. Imma cop it cause I liked honger for more and I like “cake”. Hopefully it’s better than Mobb Deep shit, cause that was a waste of $10. It sounded emotionless and too much 50 influenced. The reason why people love Buck is cause he is himself. He sounds nothing like 50.

  • tsmith7791

    Sounds like yall are trying to get on 50′s good side by co-signing wack g-unit records. I bet next week yall start a “countdown to young buck/hot rod” or something like that.

  • john cochran

    Banks, Fab, Cassidy and Papoose need to team up.

  • kobe show

    What the fuck did you expect from Banks, some save the world type shit. Money Hoes and Weed is what the nigga raps about. Except it. Banks told you from his own mouth he was gonna show the darkside of the Big Apple with mix tape verses on most of the tracks. So what did he do? Just what he said he was gonna do. Its a dark album with hard verses as promised. Overall the songs are not as energetic but the are better written and his wordplay is better. Good ablum from the Boy Wonder

  • Enlightened

    The reason why people love Buck is cause he is himself. He sounds nothing like 50.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Exactly. Why does Banks think it’s a good idea for him to sing hooks like 50? That shit actually works for 50. It’s his style. That shit does not work for Banks.

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  • Killa

    ^^^^^^^^^niggas hate other niggas when they can get shit that they cant have
    thats why niggas hate on g-unit so much cause they show off the shit that they got

    Banks is the Boss at showing off

    why not his young , rich & the hoes love him LOL
    stunt on them banks …

    Rotten Apple is hot

    “if you dont have haters in LIFE then your doing something wrong”

    cop that Rotten Apple if you haven’t already
    peace

  • allnice

    I don’t even feel Banks like that and I know his album is pretty good. It’s gonna do the numbers of course. Good post.

  • Atl’s own

    banks sux!

    but believe it or not i jus listened to DIDDY album off MTV and dat shit is actually aight (I can’t believe I just said that)!

    But it is true!?

    and Thats without hearin the trackS MTV is blocking’ (feat. Big BOI, CEE-LO, and NaS)

  • blackman

    First off niggas just hate just because they have nothing better to do. I actually paid for banks album and I think it’s a good album, niggas always talk about one particular song on a album and hate. Listen to the whole album before you say something is wack. Most niggas haven’t even listen to the album, and who gives a fuck about some ass whole who gets paid to review and album most the albums they say are so great nobody buys. What’s funny is how people like Young Joc, Young dro, Rick Ross gets a lot of love and niggas hate on a nigga that can actually rap.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com mike

    banks is so underrated it’s not funny, he got skills just give him a chance

  • 2Pacs Lil Homie

    1. Y’ALL HATAZ NEED TO GET OFF MY MANS DICK, LET A NIGGA BREATH.

    2. Y’ALL TALKIN LIKE Y’ALL DO MUSIC. NIGGA PLEASE. WIGGA PLEASE! BANKS GOT SKILLS POINT BLANK.

    3. I LIKE THIS ALBUM MUCH MORE THAN THE “HUNGER FOR MORE”.

    I LIKE TARA SHE ALWAYS OBJECTIVE.

    4. ANOTHER THING IS TODAY THEIR IS SO MUCH HIP HOP ON THE MARKET THAT WE DONT APPRECIATE. WE DONT APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF SOME OF THESE MCS/RAPPAZ. NIGGAZ IZ IN THE STUDIO WORKIN HARD. TRYNA COME UP WIT SOME HOT SHIT.

    QUESTION: HOW MANY NIGGAZ ACTUALLY LISTENED TO THE ALBUM? OBJECTIVELY?

    QUESTION: HOW MANY NIGGAZ ACTUALLY DESERVE TO BE CRITICS?????

    REMEMBER WHAT SOME OF YALL SAID ABOUT TUPAC/2PACS MUSIC WHEN HE WAS STILL ALIVE. YEAH REMEMBER.

    EVERY HIP HOP FAN IS A CRITIC, BUT NOT EVERY HIP HOP FAN HAS THE RIGHT OR THE KNOWHOW TO BE A CRITIC.

  • 2Pacs Lil Homie

    1. Y’ALL HATAZ NEED TO GET OFF MY MANS DICK, LET A NIGGA BREATH.

    2. Y’ALL TALKIN LIKE Y’ALL DO MUSIC. NIGGA PLEASE. WIGGA PLEASE! BANKS GOT SKILLS POINT BLANK.

    3. I LIKE THIS ALBUM MUCH MORE THAN THE “HUNGER FOR MORE”.

    I LIKE TARA SHE ALWAYS OBJECTIVE.

    4. ANOTHER THING IS TODAY THEIR IS SO MUCH HIP HOP ON THE MARKET THAT WE DONT APPRECIATE. WE DONT APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF SOME OF THESE MCS/RAPPAZ. NIGGAZ IZ IN THE STUDIO WORKIN HARD. TRYNA COME UP WIT SOME HOT SHIT.

    QUESTION: HOW MANY NIGGAZ ACTUALLY LISTENED TO THE ALBUM? OBJECTIVELY?

    QUESTION: HOW MANY NIGGAZ ACTUALLY DESERVE TO BE CRITICS?????

    REMEMBER WHAT SOME OF YALL SAID ABOUT TUPAC/2PACS MUSIC WHEN HE WAS STILL ALIVE. YEAH REMEMBER.

    EVERY HIP HOP FAN IS A CRITIC, BUT NOT EVERY HIP HOP FAN HAS THE RIGHT OR THE KNOWHOW TO BE A CRITIC.

  • Yungstar

    Banks is aight, that ”One Night Stand” is dope, 9th hooked him up good.

  • Enlightened

    What’s funny is how people like Young Joc, Young dro, Rick Ross gets a lot of love and niggas hate on a nigga that can actually rap.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    First of all, Young Dro can “actually rap.” Now I haven’t heard Banks new CD so I can’t comment on that but I can comment on him. Some niggas will never understand that it’s more than just being able to rap. It’s the beats, your style of rapping and the whole package.
    If it was only about if you could rap or not – Mad Skills would be Top 10 of all time, but when was the last time you heard from that nigga?

  • blackman

    If it was only about if you could rap or not Mad Skills would be Top 10 of all time, but when was the last time you heard from that nigga?

    You are one funny nigga Mad skills could never be in the top 10 period because he was never that nice. You have legends in the top ten from Nas,krs,Rakim,Jay-z,kane, and the list can countinue. Secondly, What I’m saying is that Young dro and a lot of other artist can’t rap or deliver a song as good as banks but don’t receive the hate. I was mostly commenting on the hate a nigga receives that actually is talented. Banks,cassidy,wayne,are the most lyrically talented rappers under 25 in the game.

  • SUPERMAN

    KILLA SAID IT ALL.

    TARA I DONT SEE ANY HATERS IN THIS ROOM. A FEW HERE A FEW THERE. BUT WHO ISNT HATED ON? LAST TIME I CHECKED, THE FEMALES LOVE BANKS MORE THAN ANY OTHER ARTIST ON G-UNIT. HES THE MOST UNDERRATED RAPPER OUT, EVEN AFTER GOING 2X PLATINUM.LET THE MEDIA’S REVIEWS INFLUENCE MY DECISION TO BUY AN ALBUM. FIRST REASON, THEY EXPECT IT TO BE SOME SING SONGY SHOULDER LEANING SNAP MUSICJORSOME FIFTY CENT CANDY SHOP LOLLY POP HIT. SECOND, MOST REVIEWERS ARE SOME WHITE SUBURB HOMEGROWN PEOPLE WHO NEVER LISTENED TO REAL HIP HOP. THEY MOST LIKELY GOT INTO IT WHEN LUDA’S CAREER TOOK OFF. ROTTEN APPLE, IN MY OPINION SHOULD BE ALBUM OF THE YEAR. ITS THE ONLY “REAL HIP HOP” ALBUM TO DROP IN 06. EVERYONE COMPLAINED THAT HIP HOP WAS DEAD WITH ALL THE RIDICULOUS MUSIC COMING OUT BUT WHEN SOMEONE ACTUALLY DROPS A REAL STREET ALBUM ALL OF A SUDDEN BANKS IS HATED ON. ROTTEN APPLE IS GRIMY, REAL UNDEGROUND MIXTAPE ISH. THE TYPE OF ALBUM YOU’D PUT ON YA IPOD WHILE TAKING A RIDE FROM 161ST (YANKEE STADIUM) TO THE END OF THE WORLD (IF YOU CAN GET THERE.) FUNNY HOW BUCK IS MORE LOVED AND HE 1x PLATINUM. BANKS IS THE ONLY ARTIST IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF TO DROP A REAL ALBUM. HES BRINGING NY BACK. HE DIDNT TAKE THE GOOD ROUTE AND SING, SNAP, LEAN, OR LET HIS CHAIN HANG LOW. BUT THE ARTIST WHO SING THOSE SONGS ARE MUCH LOVED. JUST SHOWS WHAT TYPE OF LISTENERS WE HAVE OUT THERE AND IF THAT IS THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP, I DONT WANNA HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. THIS ALBUM IS WAY BETTER THAN THE HUNGER FOR MORE FROM FRONT TO BACK. I WISH PEOPLE ACTUALLY HEARD IT BEFORE THEY STARTED HATING. BY THE WAY, HANDS UP AINT GETTIN MUCH PLAY BECAUSE BANKS SPIT TO RAW ON THE TRACK. KIDS TODAY PREFER A MORE LAID BACK BEAT WITH SINGING ON IT.

    HIP HOP SUX!

  • SUPERMAN

    P.S. BEATS DO “NOT” JUSTIFY A GOOD ALBUM. LYRICS DO. AND BANKS IS THE BEST LYRICIST OUT SO FAR. BUT EVERYONE PREFERS A FIFTY CENT SINGER WHO’S LYRICS ARE NOWHERE ON BANKS LEVEL. TOO BAD, HIP HOP IS DOWN THE DRAIN.

  • SUPERMAN

    ENLIGHTEND BLACKMAN SERVED YOU UP. DRO CANNOT RAP BUT GETS LOVE AND BANKS COULD SPIT A PUNCHLINE AT HIM AND END HIS CAREER. BANKS AINT HATED ON EITHER TARA, BECAUSE LAST I HEARD HES STILL PUSHING “BIG” NUMBERS. SO FOR AN EMPIRE THAT IS SUPPOSEDLY GOING DOWN AND AN ARTIST BEING HATED ON, THAT JUST DOESNT ADD UP.

  • SUPERMAN

    REVIEWS DONT MEAN SHIT. YAYO GOT XL AND MOVED HOW MANY UNITS? BANKS GOT L AND WILL SURPASS HIM. DOES THAT ISH MAKE SENSE?

    IM OUT, PEACE!

  • thisishowwedoit?

    banks is wack.

    again you dont know what your talking about. you listen to the new beyonce, the new rick ross and now the new banks?

  • http://differentkitchen.blogspot.com/ ian

    tara, stop it. i never got the lloyd banks hype in the first place but straight up: rotten apple is just not a good album. it’s like his last one, which i thought was weak too, but much worse.

    this dude runs with arguably the best connected, richest rap crew and record label in the game and comes up with a drab, mediocre album like this??

    the reviews he’s getting and the (pobable) relatively subpar sales this album’s likely to get will be nobody’s fault but his own.

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    I luv rotten apple..good post tara..Til the end is the shyt too..the only thiñg i aint feelin is playboy 2

    ~Puff~Puff~Propzzzzz~~~~~~

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    Rotten apple in stores now homie!!! i believe in banks so much….this album deserve to go plat…the flow is crazy,can’t wait for the next single to drop…y’all look out for that …the next single is “help” smooth & crazy homie. my homies called banks got the street backing him up.
    Most people don’t understand why niggas hating on banks….believe you me.that nigga got the best flow of the year already.this guy deserves all the blessing man!!! stop hating….if you really wanna listen to some real music.go get rotten apple. in stores now

  • BrightLights

    I’m going to be honest. I never got the hype about Banks either.If anything, the one thing I can agree with is that the G Unit formula is all the same. From album structure to production ect…it’s like it’s all the same set up. They may not rap the same, but their set ups are teh same. All patterned after the 50 success.

    As far as how Banks album will do in the end I’m not sure. But, it sure has been a drastic dip from when they blew up.

  • Hate it or Love it

    Get your tickets for the golden oldies tour
    Coming to a town near you
    The headliners are
    Wu tang clan
    Nas
    Jayz
    Rakim
    Fat joe
    D block
    Mase
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    Junior mafia
    Outkast
    Scarface
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    Busta rhymes
    The concert will be sponsored by viagara

    I’m about to hop in my benz and bump dat young boy lloyd banks Rotten apple album of the year so far
    “Help”… is the single of the year so far

  • http://myspace.com/gunitsoldier50xl Ether

    Rotten Apple Isn’t That Commercial Except For “Hands Up” And “Help” And “You Know The Deal” Wit Rakim Is Straight Fire, On The Real.

  • Meane Green

    Meh….When I first got to this website your blog was the one that I always read last so I could leave with a good taste in my mouth but your blogs are gradually getting hackneyed.

    Pick (x) rapper
    State your case as to why (x) rapper isnt doing so good.
    Then state your case as to why YOU feel (x) rapper deserves more respect.
    Tell us (x) rapper’s album aint that bad.

    Enter Lloyd Banks, Obie Trice, Method Man…lather, rinse, repeat.

  • Chris Villain

    P.S. Some of y’all need to understand that PUNCHLINES don’t mean as much to some fans as say, CONTENT, FLOW, DELIVERY.
    PUNCHLINES can contribute to, but are not a substitute for LYRICISM.

    Ask yourselves why YOUNG BUCK is not more loved than LLOYD BANKS, which is the opposite of when they first came out. It ain’t cause he stabbed a nigga with a fork, I’ll tell you that.

    This is so tru…..Punchlines is only aquarter of it, i dislike punchline rappers but i like punchlines…..RAP is a package…u gotta have the flow the delivery, the lyrics, the swagger……I hate to hear punchline after punchline after punchline it gets old and renders the rest of the song irrelevant……see why lil wayne got this shit sewed up he got it all….just like lupe fiasco and the game…..LLOYD BANKS i garbage

  • Chris Villain

    and Lloyd banks jacked FABs delievery they sound the same to me…with that same rhyme scheme

  • Playa=50=

    dont like this nigga banks

  • European export

    Although i am a G-unit fan…I must admit that banks has the “personality of an apple” !But i think he’s kinda cute so i let it slide :o). And for you haters saying 50 cent can’t rap…then you haven’t really been listening to him now have you! His fisrt album was great and lyrically he did his thing! Second album he was slept on lyrically..
    Tony yayo, buck and spider loc can’t rap…but i got alot of love for spyda and buck!

  • European export

    check out the lyrics for “5 heart beats”50 cent and tony yayo!

    50 cent:
    “I got 16 shot ruggers,i got 16 cars
    all over how i write 16 bars..
    Ja, joe and jada them fuckin retards
    I run interscope oh oh oh my god

    Stunt i make it hot, if u want i get you shot…
    Talk yourself into your coffin, your dead man walking

  • Dee

    There atleast 4 solid tracks on his album, which more than most albums this year

    “Rotten Apple”

    “All I know”

    “Iceman”

    “Cake”

  • FRANK

    “You Know The Deal” Wit Rakim Is Straight Fire, On The Real.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    my thoughts exactly & the album is alright definetely better than hunger for more.

  • SUPERMAN

    NY NY, MAKE YOU MOVE, AND GILMORE’S ARE FUCKIN FIRE!!!!!!! MATTERFACT THE WHOLE ALBUM IS CRAZY! ONE!

  • http://www.molie-mo.hi5.com molie_mo

    cake was a sick song nd dis is coming from a g-unit big tym hater but honestly thts abt it maybe playboy part 2 thts it iceman sux pls be honest da hol album has horrible beats sketchy choruses nd jus same monotonous flow nd da features UNINTERESTING…

    DOCTOR;S ADVOCATE IN UR LOCAL SHOP NOV 14TH

    COP THE HURRICANES SHYT IS SICK

  • http://xxlmag.com slick money

    I knew this was gonna’ happen’! hip hop has been contaminated with all the south trash that when a real hiphop album comes out you can’t even recognize it. Most of yall love corny ass rappers who make you dance allthe time like everything is sweet. Or you caught up in the drug game and have your own visions of being the new Tony Montana. Rotton apple is real hip hop and it’s the best thing that has came out of ny in a while.

  • God Himself

    ni99a flow sound like a 40 yr old fabolous wearing a karl kani jump suit breeding 10 minature doberman pinchers with marbles in his mouth who writes his raps on his Brother typewriter…while watching old reruns of Chips…

    http://www.myspace.com/loottenant

  • God Himself

    Although i am a G-unit fan…I must admit that banks has the “personality of an apple” !But i think he’s kinda cute so i let it slide :o).

    ^^^^^^^ni99a look like a retarted method man on crystal meth

  • http://xxlmag.com keep hatin

    yoy people are strait idiots thre are only a few good men in the rap game and lets face it g-unit is holding a couple of them dblocks good but they dnt know what they are doing and yall say banks is wack well i bet you 85% of the niggas you think are better than banks dnt even wanna trow beef his way cus they know all it takes is a few hot 16s and that rappers career is heavaly dented say that aint true

  • http://xxlmag.com keep hatin

    put it this way if banks aint hot wich he is then who in his catagory is who in the rap game is nice if he isnt

  • http://xxlmag.com keep hatin

    but he aint 40 year old fab hes 24 year old banks and if you dnt recognize the huge bracelets and 100thousand dollar chaines wich he owns then youn must dnt know what success looks like huh what nigga in the the rap game his age is doing it like him even if he aint good wich he is then name who

  • http://xxlmag.com keep hatin

    i think slick money put it perfectly

  • http://xxlmag.com keep hatin

    survivor nyny rottn apple iceman playboy 2 gilmores niggas better start actin write i aint rapped to tight ill leave ya head red and white like a apple bite hungry i got a fat niggas appitite breeze thru the traffic light mash on the coppers like voom the punchline kid is back nhigga lookwhat ma punchlines did for rap inspired the newjacks thats why they sound like that and were they chain damn near to the ground like that uh the game you see now shocked me cus hes a punk 2 niggas in one like shock g and humpty hump its on now you got to pop me to shut me up slugs miss ya we aint mad at ya lucky duck we can go whole for whole or cut for cut for cut it wont be the first time yall betta tuffin

  • http://xxlmag.com keep hatin

    you know what ima go listen to some good music and that will be banks

  • http://www.vh1.com/shows/events/hip_hop_honors/2006/ Sugarbread
  • alleyeCNtower

    ‘Cake’ is so old, even though it’s a good reason why you can’t totally write off G-Unit’s ability to make quality street hop… but still, ‘Cake’ is a bite (no pun intended :) of Ghostface and Raekwon’s ‘Kilos’ and Lloyd Banks knows it!

    “Not to mention a little Clipse. Jive, what’s up? Are you going to mess around and ruin my Christmas?”

    SAY WORD, TARA.
    Clipse got the illest bullets in the chamber, and nobody is pulling the trigger. They are right to proclaim to hate Jive “with all the passion in their heart and soul” LOL

    the Clipse should have owned Halloween. Now they will have to wait til after the Hova/Nas onslaught to try get some sales… in December. Not a good look. Oh well, maybe it will be the last good crack-rap album of this era… then 2007 can finally be on some next shit in hip hop

  • Cinsere

    Where as the sources she references are saying that Banks has lost “it”…I, on the other hand, think he never had “it” to begin with. I swear I never understood the hype about dude. His voice couldn’t BE more boring, his flow is contrived, and his punchlines are decent at best (with the exception of that blow-me-like-an-old-nintendo-game line…that was kinda ill). I swear the only reason 50 keeps him around is so that he himself wouldn’t have the most boring voice in G-Unit…lol.

    And I’m getting tired of people lowering their standards and saying that anyone who criticizes is either a) hating or b) getting caught up in negative hype. I continue to uphold my standards as to what I think it good music (not “it’s not bad” music). I wish more people would do the same…maybe it’ll actually get some better music out of these “artists.”

  • TYRONECAPONE

    TARA, YOU DEFINATLEY KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT!

  • TYRONECAPONE

    YOU FINE TOO!

  • http://www.myspace.com/itszo Prospect

    Lloyd Banks new album is fire ! Only the true Banks fans are really gonna feel dis one. If you don’t have a patient ear for music, then I can understand why you didn’t like it. But for those who actually listened to the album more than once, ya should feel what I’m sayin. I’m not a hata, so I fucks wit G-Unit and Black Wallstreet. As long as they makin good music I can’t hate. Point Blank.. Playboy 2 is one my favorite joints on tha album.

  • gutta

    no doubt the album is better than most, but g-unit is not relevant anymore…when ya boss repeatedly gets called out people are goin to question him and the ppl around him. i think games influence(g-unot campaign ) was bigger than ppl took it for because all the albums after the massacre have flopped and unfortunately banks will be included in that. they need some new artists

  • BWSGUNNER

    Tara good read….but Banks album is garbage. Is a barable….yes…but there aint one song on that album with excpetion of cake that move people would listen to more than once.

    You let me take you out and Ill play that cd in the car 24/7….

  • CALIMOVEMENT

    ^^^^^^
    Learn to write before trying on holla at Tara….

    Banks is an average rapper who had some success of the G-Unit hype on the frist album. He should be grateful and get out of rap andopen up a car wash like Rass Kass….that shit makes money!! Album deserved that poor reviews….

  • http://www.myspace.com/itszo Prospect

    How bout all ya shut tha fuck up!?! Lol BWSGUNNER? Wut da hell you mean ain’t one good song on his album that people would listen to more than once?? How bout you jus speak fo ya self. Cuz Playboy 2 is fire, survivor is fire, Cake ben fire, Help is a tight track fo da ladies, dat joint wit Musiq Soulchild is tight, muthafuckin ” get CLAPPED” is straight hood, “Stranger” is some mo gangsta shit, One Night Stand is a deep song…..listen to wut he be sayin. “Gilmore’s” he spittin dat raw shit. Dat hands up shit ain’t a favorite but in da clubs da shit is tight. But I guess ya don’t kno shit bout clubs cuz ya be too buzy hatin on internet websites and shit. Haha……..fuckin lames…… Da problem wit most of ya is dat ya don’t pay more attention to the beats instead of lyrics. If Game album do sell, it will because he got a whole bunch of guest appearances and producers. All Game be doin is suckin niggas off and dependin on otha rappers to shine. If you were too take all the songs dat 50 cent produced or guest appeared in on the documentary, da shit would be garbage. But I’m not gonna hate, cuz “the doctors advocate” is gonna be tight. Not cuz he on it, but cuz of the guest appearances………I’m more focused on Jay-Z shit ta come out….REAL TALK

  • BWSGUNNER

    “Prospect”

    The problem is with the lyrics and beats. He got the G-Unit machine behind him and these are the beats he gets??? YES people do want decent beats on a ALBUM (WHF??).

    If I want to hear punch lines all day I can go down to the block and listen to other half ass rappers. If you gonna rap for a living you need to have some substance behind you music or hope for a “Laffy Taffy” track to make your album a hit. Banks has the same BORING..yes BORING flow on every track. You can bearly undertand his crap. That is why Banks flopped.

    People say shit about Game…but when it comes to rap he killed anyone who has stepped up to battle….example is funeral where banks got KILLED on his own beat and did not respond worth shit. This is the same nigga who said “I dare niggas to come at me on the mixtapes now that my album about to come out”

    That’s real talk…..

  • http://www.myspace.com/itszo Prospect

    “BWSGUNNER”

    As long as you’re speaking for yourself, that’s cool. But I was quoting you when you said “but there aint one song on that album with excpetion of cake that move “people” “. How are you gonna determine wut moves otha people if you’re not them?? I kno mad dudes that’s bumpin that cd. I’m pretty sure dat the cd wasn’t made specifically for you…lol. I’m not really concerned about how many records another M.C. makes. Ain’t like I’m the one gettin paid for it. And dat “funeral” joint is all jus for publicity, right before the album drop. I guess its ok for Game to do that, but when G-Unit does it, its fucked up all of a sudden?? Like I said, “Doctors Advocate” is gonna be tight……but 80 percent of that album is gonna be help from otha artist and producers. ……he jus provin that he can’t make a hit record by himself Jus like 50 said.

    And Bra remember…..your opinion don’t mean shit ta nobody but ya self……more Real Talk

  • damonz1@gmail.com

    cd was ight…but like someone said before…where were the beats man…banks should be gettin some better shit than these beats…and where was the lyrics like he had on that new song ‘you don’t know’

  • compton nigga

    fuck all u niggas, this was the best cd out in years

  • the kid

    i aint got beef but damnthis kid blue hefner can rap man, this kid bringing hip hop back, lets face it G-unit ias a team that a lot of people would like to be part of, they run the rap game and they aint about to flop anytime soon,50 is the boss,Banks is the underboss,Buck is real hard-feel his lyrics from within, i’m tired of people who don’t really listen to music and all they wan’t is that bubble gum rap shit all day,listen to 50 man on that mobb deep track-CREEP, that nigga 50 nothing but real, he told niggaz the 1st time he came around what he about and thats his paper,banks has got this shit on lock and creatively for any artist, there’s no better place to be than G-unit records and aftermath, these niggaz understand hustling and being broke and rising from nothing to being a star and a powerful influential person, people don’t hate man this kid banks is 24 and he got the game on lock, where have you seen a 24 year old millionaire that comes out of the hood and has got shit on lock? be happy for other niggaz success man. G-UNIT runs it at the moment, these niggaz are stacking their paper man, they don’t care about no internet comments and shit. but ya Rotten is the most underrated cd in 2006. i had to listen to the cd twice and i must say Banks brings it here, this is the typa shit you bump to when rolling in your whip withyour niggaz or a bitch,banks is smooth man. this kid’s lines will hurt anyone in the game and niggaz no that. don’t bump headz with the kid-you heard!