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H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2) is the third studio album by G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks. It was released on November 22, 2010[ through G-Unit Records and EMI. The album is named after Lloyd Banks' first album The Hunger for More, he said he wants to regain the success that he had with his first album. The album cover was released by Lloyd Banks' official website and Twitter page on October 5, 2010. The album cover is similar to his first but show changes in wealth and surrounding.
"Monopolizing on one of the most anticipated album release weeks of the year, G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks released his third studio album, H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger For More 2) on Tuesday, November 22. Christopher Charles Lloyd was raised in South Jamaica, Queens and dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue hip-hop. He joined his local friends 50 Cent, Young Buck, The Game and Tony Yayo in the rap mega group G-Unit. During the early years of the group, the members pursued various side projects, including a solo record by 50 Cent and mixtape production by Banks. It wasn't until 2003, when the unit had their own record label, that they released their first official album as a group, Beg For Mercy, which went on to become certified double platinum. The following year, Banks released his first solo album, The Hunger For More with the single "On Fire" featuring an un-credited 50 Cent. The album sold well, with a debut at number one on the Billboard charts. After the release of Rotten Apple in 2006 and a departure from Interscope Records, Banks geared up for the release of H.F.M. 2. Three of the album's singles had been released upon the album's official debut. "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" featuring Juelz Santana was a summer hit while "Any Girl" featuring Lloyd and "Start It Up" featuring Swizz Beats, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie and Fabolous were also released to promote the album.
album hosts many of Banks' peers as supporting artists. Akon, Jeremiah, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and others are featured on the tracks and guest producers including J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Cardiak are also added to the lineup. Lloyd Banks has a characteristically raw style contrasting the smooth beats and lyrics of his tracks. With a piano-supported hook, "Payback (P's & Q's)" featuring 50 Cent has a strong beat. "Rapping out here, I just want it more/Turn the music down, you can hear my stomach roar," Banks says. "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" featuring Juelz Santana is the quintessential, throw-your-money-in-the-air rap about which whip to choose. With a catchy beat and hook, the track is perfect to pump in your Beamer, Benz, Bentley or Honda.
Electronic backbeats support "So Forgetful" featuring Leslie while "Father Time" is an angry-spitting rap outside of Banks' comfort zone. Akon supports Banks' rapping with a melodic hook on "Celebrity" and, on a bonus iTunes track, Eminem is also featured on the song with a killer verse expected of Mr. Slim Shady. The final track, "Sooner Or Later (Die Day 1)" has a marching beat and a good flow between Banks and Raekwon, featured on the track. Overall,The Hunger For More 2 is a welcome release to east coast hip-hop and G-Unit fans starved for a recent dose of Lloyd Banks. With raspy lyrics and carefully crafted beats, all thirteen tracks feature what Banks does best and we toast our glass to the rap styles of "The Boy Wonder"." - LiveMusicGuide
Using Twitter, Lloyd Banks originally stated that his album was called The Hunger for More 2. It was unknown whether the album name was official or not. The title of the album was la ter confirmed by 50 Cent in an interview with MTV News. The album was thought to be possibly released under Interscope, by a new contract of the label and the rapper; also the Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine revealed that he wants to sign the rapper to Interscope again, and he asked label mate 50 Cent "what can I do to sign Lloyd Banks again?". Banks has said that he is willing to re-sign, but only if Interscope is willing to issue an apology for "doubting him." On August 13, 2010
The album is named after Lloyd Banks' first album The Hunger for More, he said he wants to regain the success that he had with his first album. The album cover was released by Lloyd Banks' official website and Twitter page on October 5, 2010. The album cover is similar to his first but show changes in wealth and surrounding.
"Starting at some point in 2009, some New York City rappers decided they would throw in the towel when it came to creating new, clever album titles. Instead, they opted for the sequel treatment. From Raekwon to Sadat X, album-sequel fever ran throughout hip-hop's original breeding ground. The results, though, have varied so far. Looking perhaps to change that is Lloyd Banks*, who issues the follow-up to his lauded 2004 debut, The Hunger for More. H.F.M.2 (The Hunger for More 2) features moderately successful single "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley," along with guest spots from Juelz Santana and others.
*Banks was actually born in Baltimore, Md., but he grew up in Queens, N.Y. Therefore, he counts in this debate." - HipHopSite
"A debate about the best entries in G-Unit's catalogue should generally begin with Get Rich or Die Tryin' and end with The Documentary. However, one oft-overlooked G-Unit merits at least an honorable mention amongst the aforesaid titans: Lloyd Banks' The Hunger for More. The 2004 release featured stellar production and memorable cameos. Banks himself lived up to his reputation for being the Unit's top lyricist with his special blend of nihilism and playboy mentality.
Few of the same accolades could be extended to Banks' 2006 follow-up, Rotten Apple. Whether it was due to the initial iteration of the album being scrapped, Banks' mother's health issues, or a Shady/Aftermath camp in disarray for a number of well-documented reasons, the sophomore effort just didn't match the debut. No longer on Interscope, Lloyd Banks has returned to the album that started it all - but does The Hunger for More 2follow in the first's traditions, or did the Queens rapper simply catch sequelitis?
"Take 'Em to War" is loud, synth and drum-laden, and energetic - the perfect way to kick off festivities. An unusually animated Banks comes out swinging, and passes the mic to Tony Yayo for a textbook give-and-go. The street talk carries over into "Unexplainable," which features the always-gully Styles P. The track's low, ominous keys allow provide the perfect canvas for the two veterans to talk shit. "Home Sweet Home" features a chilling verse from Pusha T, callous even by his standards, and the results are show-stealing: "I never understood Martin Luther with his speech / With the whole world watching, me turn the other cheek? / Never, so there's one left to die in the streets / 'Cause the long arm happens to connect with his reach / Try to kill you then / Them near-misses? God's kisses / ... White stones, black steel, cold chrome / The city's my doormat, bitch, I'm home sweet home."
Following "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" Banks' biggest hit since "On Fire," What looks like an obligatory track for the ladies seems to crop up with the Ryan Leslie-assisted "So Forgetful." However, it turns out to be a pleasant surprise, as the track is more Too Short than it is Drake. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of "Any Girl" an excruciating "club-ready" fiasco featuring Lloyd. Any hope for a good closing seems remote, as next up is "I Don't Deserve You" featuring Jeremih, but an assist from Raekwon on the soulful and gritty "Sooner or Later" is a saving grace.
It's true that The Hunger For More 2 suffers from the law of diminishing returns with regard to the excessive number of featured spots, but most of the guests bring their A-game. Also, a few quality control issues - no one should have to listen to "on the double," and "Start it Up" is does not make good use of the presence of Swizz Beatz and Kanye West - prevent the album from truly remaining for its entirety. Despite this, HFM2 does indeed revisit the original roots. The execution isn't as good the second time around, but Banks has reestablished his sound, and made clear that he is still a major force to be reckoned with in the Rap game." - HipHopDX
Spin (p.66) - "On his third solo effort, the G-Unit rapper is a connoisseur of cars, women, and guns, spinning spider webs of syllables..."
Q (Magazine) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is leisurely delivery carries weight..."
Recording information: Electric Feel, New York, NY; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Engine Room Studios, new York, NY; Gang Green Studios, Long Island, NY; MSR Studios, NY; Premier Studios, New York, NY; The Frat House, Queens, NY.
Photographer: Shareif Ziyadat.
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. Full-on gangsta numbers like the opening "Take `Em to War" -- made even more gangsta by a Tony Yayo appearance -- bring back the mixtape excitement the gruff Banks excels at, while hook-filled yet hard singles like "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" and "Start It Up" -- which comes with the all-star guests of Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie, and Fabolous -- help round out the album, making it acceptable for an aboveground, official release. With names like Styles P and Raekwon also on the guest list, true hip-hop fans will be satisfied, and when label boss and ringleader 50 Cent shows up for the worthwhile "Payback," the G-Unit faithful are well served. At 13 tracks the album feels right-sized, not overstuffed, and Banks himself is in fine form throughout, delivering stone cold and slow punch lines that are as lethal as ever. When it comes to evolution, there's really none, but even though he's been here before, veteran fans will appreciate his return. ~ David Jeffries