Release Date: Oct 10, 2006
Record label: Interscope / G-Unit
Lloyd Banks :: Rotten AppleG-Unit/Interscope RecordsAuthor: Steve 'Flash' JuonThe G-Unit's back in effect. You may have thought they were too embroiled in feuding with The Game or dealing with their various legal problems to record any albums, but on the low Christopher Lloyd, b/k/a Lloyd Banks has been diligently been putting in work. In fact it's not unlike the patient wait G-Unit fans had for his solo album "The Hunger for More" the first time around, because at the time Banks was the first member of 50's family after the G-Unit group album.
After a promising debut, G-Unit soldier Lloyd Banks hedged his bets, subdued the hungry, punch line-filled style that defined him, and delivered a so-so effort that coasts on the G-Unit formula. With an EP's worth of heat -- the infectious single "Hands Up" with 50 Cent being the hottest -- Rotten Apple is no disaster, and there's no doubt the G-Unit faithful will get twice as much out of this than everyone else, especially with the G-Unit universe guest list and the numerous raw, freestyle-flavored productions that sound like they fell off a G-Unit Radio mixtape. The long, word-filled flows are here, as are the humorous stingers Banks likes to drop, but his delivery is surprisingly weary, and often on the more street tracks, the production is drab, making it easy to drift away from the words no matter how sharp.