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Lloyd Banks, V.5 [REVIEW]

Lloyd Banks
V.5

Beats: L
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

Since dropping his underwhelming 2006 sophomore album, Rotten Apple, Lloyd Banks has largely been confined to the mixtape circuit. For the most part, that’s been a good thing. Because as his latest street album, V.5, proves once again, that the self-proclaimed Punch Line King is in his comfort zone in this arena.

Outside of several female-friendly tracks like “It’s Going Down,” the majority of V.5 is spent celebrating Banks’s abilities on the mic. For example, over the brooding piano keys of “Who’s Your Favorite,” the Queens MC brazenly raps that he’s “about as tight as rock ’n roll pants.” Elsewhere, on aggressive attempts like “Better You Know” and “Shitty City, Pt. 2,” where he raps, “The way I come off is stupid, the last one you wanna be in the booth with/My heart cold, I just ran over Cupid,” Banks is as bold and brash as he’s ever been.

Problem is, V.5 relies more on style than substance. This leaves tracks like “I Do” and “We Remain” sounding better suited for ’04 when the popularity of G-Unit was at its peak. But, if nothing else, his raps on the soulful “Big Bully” (“Weed all on him and then it dawned on him/The niggas they be callin’ the best, I moonwalk on ’em.”) is more than enough evidence that Banks is still one of the most talented rappers in the booth. —Chris Yuscavage

  • General

    This mixtape was alright, but I agree that it lacks any real originality or creativity…

    We all know that he can spit 16′s, but puttin together complete tracks that innovative just doesn’t seem to be within his reach…

    I think a change of scenery or working with someone new would be the only thing that could restart his career

    • dUDE

      well this guy was wrong!..Beamer benz or bentley!…that songs proves banks is able to put together innovative songs.. u fool! and hes still with the unit!..puttin out hits

  • AZ40

    This mixtape was just okay, by his standards anyway, it’s still better than alot of other bullshit that’s out, the boy got bars for days, the only thing I didn’t really like was the track selection overall I agree with giving it just an L

  • http://www.twitter.com/yungquis0823 yungquis0823

    i give the tape a 3.5/5 because it felt like the tape was just thrown together and some tracks shouldn’t of been on there

    Shitty City pt 2 and Rather Be Me by far are the best tracks on the tape

  • ArabMuzikDipset

    banks is lyrically a monster, hes like papoose though, no good hooks, no good songs, hes not even in his prime yet imo hes a young gunna, lets see this nigga grow

  • Gz

    Shout out to whoever produced ‘Shitty City Part 2′, that song is straight heat.

  • THE MYSTERY

    AS GENERAL SAID BANKS REALLY NEED SOME CHANGE OD SCENERY TO GROW, CAUSE NO LIE I THINK THIS NIGGA IS THE BEST OUT OF G-UNIT BUT HIS TALENT IS GETTING STIFFLED.

  • AnalogDigi

    yall keep sayin he needs a scenery change but where he gonna go look at buck he left and where he at if i were him i would stick wit 50 cause in the end he could end up bein like wayne and become the biggest star right now instead of just bein some mediocre has been

    • General

      You can’t really compare Banks and Buck’s situation, because Buck is puttin out hot music, but his label is not allowing him to release anything due to his conflict with 50…

      Banks on the other hand could put out a CD except Interscope has already let 50 know that they will not be releasing any Banks or Yayo CD’s, so at this point they don’t have distribution because of lack of interest…

      Funny thing about that is that Interscope is still willing to release/distribute Buck on any future projects, but of course 50 has to submit it to them which ain’t gonna happen

  • brand-new

    i agree with the rating too, just as AZ40 said, this is an “L” by lloyd banks standards. V5 is hot, but not as good as past mixtapes like halloween havoc and the cold corner. my favorite line on V5, “my flow is predator with the mask off” dope!

  • A mONEy

    greenday jointt iz nutz.. 3 of queenz finest.. and cormega demonstrating why he still a threat after the firm LOLOL

  • http://-- gadddix

    Better You Know and No escape are super dope
    Not Cold Corner level but nice enough
    The same for Money in the bank series Volume 5 is semi- dope

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  • KiLLuMaNaTii

    I THINK ITS A PRETTY SOLID MIXTAPE. I AINT FEELIN ONLY LIKE 2 JOINTS ON IT (MY BAD & LOOK MA…I DONT LIKE THE BEATS). IM GLAD HE MADE ANOTHER “TILL THE END” JOINT, THE SONG “ONLY HUMAN ON V5, IT GOT THAT GRIMEY HOOD FEEL. I WISH BANK$ GAVE US QUALITY INSTEAD OF QUANTITY. HE SHOULD JUST OVERLOOK HIS MATERIAL & MAKE IT BETTER N BETTER N BETTER. HE COULD OF PUT OUT LIKE 2 SOLID ALBUMS THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT WOULDA BEEN FIRE, JUST TAKE ALL THE BEST FROM ALL THE MIXTAPES N ADD A FEW EXCLUSIVES N HE GOT A NEW CD. I’D BE BOUGHT, HE NEVER REALLY DISAPPOINTS.

    “This leaves tracks like “I Do” and “We Remain” sounding better suited for ’04 when the popularity of G-Unit was at its peak.”
    …DISAGREED, DAMN I THINK “I DO” WAS A PERFECT DROP WITH A HYPED WINTER FEEL. & “WE REMAIN” IS A LYRIC/FLOW MASTERPIECE.

    HUNGER FOR MORE > ROTTEN APPLE
    (BOTH GREAT ALBUMS, BUT HUNGER FOR MORE IS A CLASSIC)

    I THINK IT DESERVED A “XL”

  • GregSIDE

    Banks, get out of G-Unit while you can. 50 WILL kill your career.

  • http://-- gaddic

    No good hooks ?

    @ArabMuzikDipset
    that ain’t true brotha

    V5 is kinda dope that better you know me is fire!!!

  • Gift

    honestly, since 50 turned into ja-rule, yayo sucks, banks dropped that horrible last album, and buck getting booted, g-unit lost its luster to me. banks and buck was the only niggas I was feelin. aside from choosing a wider subject matter range, the only thing banks can do is grind. obviously, 50 ain’t worried about putting out no g-unit album, or a banks or yayo, because he knows it won’t sell in this climate right now.

  • http://www.xx;lmag.com Gunner

    its a hot mixtape. why so damn critical its not a album. Lyrics nice, beats ok, but once again its a mixtape. I dont need a mixtape to have direction, jus get on it n kill every track, which he pretty much did. Talk about hooks n song structure when his album drops

  • ShowTime NY

    Banks had some dope lines on there and what I truley appreciate dude switch up his flo. Its not a mixtape that sounds like an Album its a mixtape with hot bars.

    Speaking of Bars I got enough to get yal all a DuI

    http://www.myspace.com/showtimeny

    new song every other day

  • DetroitDraper

    Great tape. Been ridin to it since I downloaded it. I thinks its crazy that Banks is so great he set the lyrical bar for himself just as high as Fif set his bar of sales. All in all its a good tape but not up to Banks usual quality. Still better than most tho

    MAYN HOL’UP

  • j

    What he needs is a good producer. That is a producers job to take him to that album level. This boy is fire, he just hasn’t found the right producer yet and he is running out of time.

  • Anonymous

    tht look ma was sick idk wht u talkin the whole 5 or better was sick especially tht halloween havoc banks is a killer period

  • Fah Bhlaqq

    co-sign gunner…like damn niggaz actin like it’s an album n shyt lol only thing the tape lacked was production but wat more do u expect from a mixtape? i guarantee his album will be the top 1 of 2010 next to drake’s…

    oh yea and “who’s your favorite” is the best track on the tape by far…”beamer, benz and bentley” are quieting alot of haters rite now lol

  • bylaw99

    Real talk Fah Bhlaqq, BBB is getting the industry talking bout the Unit again and people cant deny,think about it..whats hot right now..young money, Gucci, Soldier Boy, JayZ, Jeezy, other than Fab, Banks the only other NY rapper making noise. U gotta respect that, and he kills on that mike.

  • http://yahoo.com chris

    dam xxl got another one wrong this is the mixtape of the year…. its a mixtape why u guys judging it like an album? mixtapes are more street nd underground plus his lyrics r a xxl u people know nothing

  • Ayden

    Wait wait. I give the mixtape a 3.5 to 4 out of 5 but why is nobody praising No Escape, that track was firee

  • Anonymous

    the best mixtape of the year no other mixtape cn compare…dis shit had hit record in thier…look ma n rather be nd my bad just killers

  • http://youmamama.com paradox

    i think it was pretty hot although i downloaded the songs of frostwire he could have done alot better he dropped a mixtape with i believe 17 tracks? and only like 5 of them were ill considering the fact that he’s doing underground work he fuckin with the greates now(common ugk outcast etc) he needs to live up to those iconic standards instead of handing us this mainstream bullshit

  • http://youmamama.com paradox

    i think it was pretty hot although i downloaded the songs of frostwire he could have done alot better he dropped a mixtape with i believe 17 tracks? and only like 5 of them were ill considering the fact that he’s doing underground work he’s fuckin with the greatest now(common ugk outcast etc) he needs to live up to those iconic standards instead of handing us this mainstream bullshit