H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)

Album Review of H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2) by Lloyd Banks.

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H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)

Lloyd Banks

H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2) by Lloyd Banks

Release Date: Nov 22, 2010
Record label: EMI Music Distribution / G-unit Records
Genre(s): Rap, Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap

68 Music Critic Score
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H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2) - Fairly Good, Based on 5 Critics

Rolling Stone - 100
Based on rating 5/5

A few months ago, Kanye West tweeted that Lloyd Banks is "prolly the most underrated MC in the game. " Banks, best known as 50 Cent's sideman, is an un-showy virtuoso, rapping in a gruff, sleepy-eyed near-monotone that obscures his wit and rhythmic gifts. His thundering street hit, "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" is a cascade of tightly interlocking, goofily evocative rhymes: "Where my ring and my confetti?/I'm Kobe Bryant ready/ Pink rosé and chronic smelly/While I'm stumbling out the telly.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Hip-hop sequels were all too common when Lloyd Banks’ 2010 release H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2) hit the shelves, but besides generating sales, the title does serve a purpose. The satisfying third release finds the G-Unit soldier returning to the fire and punch of his debut album, the first Hunger for More, and making up for the sophomore slump he experienced on 2006’s Rotten Apple.

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NOW Magazine - 60
Based on rating 3/5

Artists who put out album sequels are often criticized for trying to capitalize on a classic work. No one will accuse G-Unit lieutenant Lloyd Banks of that with the second instalment of his uneven debut. If Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II is The Godfather: Part II of hip-hop, then H.F.M. 2 ….

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PopMatters - 40
Based on rating 4/10

Of all the New York sequels lined up in the wake of Only Built for Cuban Linx… 2, I’m fairly certain Hunger for More 2 ranks near the bottom of the anticipation list. Lloyd Banks was always the G-Unit member that promised the longest longevity - unable to create a real pop hit and too self-conscious to go full on pop - and he’s done an admirable job over the past decade avoiding a taint on his legacy. But this is still more of an indictment on 50 Cent than Lloyd Banks.

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The New York Times
Their review was unenthusiastic

NE-YO “Libra Scale” (Def Jam). If albums had a thread count, the one on Ne-Yo’s “Libra Scale” would be more than 1,000. Plush is the watchword for this album, the fourth by Shaffer Chimere Smith, a k a Ne-Yo..

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