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Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: The Hunger For More Edition

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Those of us who were recruited to G-Unit's fanbase via their earliest mixtape grind had to have been wondering what would come of Banks and Yayo. With the eventual recruitment of UTP's Young Buck and Dr. Dre's protege Game,

G-Unit was suddenly a crowded roster. Banks got the first solo release date following 50 Cent's debut.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Soundtracks Edition

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  • "At the Ent Of The Day, What will you hang on to?"

G-Unit Nation {G-Unit(50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo), Mobb Deep (Prodigy, Havoc), M.O.P (Billy Danze, Lil Fame), G-Unit Crips/G-Unit West (Spider Loc), Harlem World (Murda Ma$e), Olivia }

Guest: Nate Dogg

A G-Unit album as film soundtrack—alright, I'll take it. Luckily, this wasn't just a compilation project, but a legit new release with a few legit hits. If it took a $40 million vanity blockbuster to give us "Window Shopper," so be it. This here's a bona fide G-Unit album, and so, of course, it's more gangsta than playboy, more slick than seductive, so much so that

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Five years after Beg For Mercy, the stars had aligned once more for a G-Unit album. They weren't the untouchable force they were when they debuted, but this go-around was an attempt to punch back at the competition. What resulted was a hard G-Unit album. It may not have been in tune with the time, and hadn't necessarily progressed artistically from its predecessor, but it harkened back to what G-Unit fans liked and wanted: their signature no-bullshit toughness. The rappers, individually, had not wavered in terms of skill. Plus, this time we got to hear some Yayo verses.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Hunger For More 2 Edition

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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.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Rotten Apple Edition

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Despite Game's single-driven success with "One Blood" and "Wouldn't Get Far," G-Unit proper started flagging in 2006, with few exciting releases and a penchant for drama before music. For a while there, it seemed like Banks was the only G-Unit artists with any hunger in his gut. "Cake" notwithstanding, however, Rotten is as aggressive as it is charmless, with no tracks as turn-up friendly as "I'm So Fly," "On Fire," or "So Seductive." The monotony of Rotten Apple's second half is peak oversaturation of the G-Unit formula, even if tracks like "Hands Up," "Survival," and "Gilmore's" do salvage that familiar energy in spots.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Animal Ambition Edition

RoadtoAnimalAmbitionG-Unit was a hell of a movement—really, an inferno insomuch as 50 Cent was fiery and devilish, with incendiary, all-consuming hype. Confronted with 50's debut singles "In Da Club" and "Wanksta" in 2003, Jay Z threw up his hands, as Roc-A-Fella took a backseat to the year. Ja Rule and Irv Gotti's Murda Inc. fumbled, stumbled, crashed. The Ruff Ryders disintegrated. Violator floundered.

For a few tumultuous, glorious years, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, and Game were the tallest men standing. (Not that we loved Dipset any less.)

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