Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Hunger For More 2 Edition
The G-Unit flag that waved so mightily in the 2000s was at half-staff by the end of the decade. 50 Cent's musical success and relevance was on a downslope, Young Buck and Game were ceremoniously removed from the picture, and Tony Yayo was, well, Tony Yayo. Which meant Lloyd Banks, G-Unit's silent assassin, was left in a discomforting position. The self-proclaimed Punchline King was reeling from a sophomore slump, as well as being dropped from Interscope. So his decision to title his third release as a sequel to his debut album felt more like a desperation move than a novelty nod to its predecessor.
If The Hunger for More was Banks' crowning solo achievement and Rotten Apple the result of lack of execution, H.F.M.2. was somewhere in between.
Lloyd Banks and H.F.M.2. falter where fans feared most, and that's his inability to carry a full-length project. "Start It Up" seemed like a great lineup in theory, but the actual result of Banks, Kanye West, Fabolous, Swizz Beatz, and Ryan Leslie teaming up together came off like a bad My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy throwaway. "So Forgetful" was great, but mainly because of Leslie's slick contributions—Banks simply disappears. The Akon-assisted "Celebrity" offers a trite premise and an even worse performance. And try as he might on tracks like "Any Girl" and "I Don't Deserve You," the Queens rapper could never be a bankable artist and lady killer like his G-Unit general.
If there's one thing we learned from H.F.M.2., it's that sequels tend to disappoint. But they're not as bad as spoiled fruit. —Edwin Ortiz