Rotten Apple (album)

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Rotten Apple
Studio album by Lloyd Banks
Released October 10, 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre East coast rap, hardcore rap
Length 61:56
Label
Producer 50 Cent (Exec.), Sha Money XL (co-exec.), Eminem, Needlz, Younglord, Ron Browz, Havoc, 9th Wonder, Midi Mafia
Lloyd Banks chronology
The Hunger for More
(2004)
Rotten Apple
(2006)
H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)
(2010)
Singles from Rotten Apple
  1. "The Cake"
    Released: June 10, 2006
  2. "Hands Up"
    Released: September 3, 2006
  3. "Help"
    Released: November 25, 2006

Rotten Apple is the second studio album by G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks, released October 10, 2006 on G-Unit Records and Interscope Records. The title of the album is a play on the New York City nickname, "The Big Apple." The album cover also resembles the cover of the film, King of New York.

Background[edit]

Originally the album was titled, "The Big Withdrawal", however two women Banks had had a ménage à trois with in 2005 leaked an unmastered copy of the album he had left at their home. The album was scrapped and soon after, Banks began working on Rotten Apple.

The album featured guest appearances from 50 Cent, TazzyManiak, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Rakim, Scarface, Mobb Deep, 8 Ball, Keri Hilson and Musiq Soulchild. Production on the album was provided by Eminem, Needlz, Sha Money XL, Younglord, Ron Browz, Havoc and 9th Wonder. Banks stated that he wanted to show the darker side of New York City and allow listeners to hear what it was like growing up in South Jamaica, Queens.

Reception[edit]

Rotten Apple debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 143,000 units,[1] down from the first week sales of 433,000, made by Banks' first studio album, The Hunger for More.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (51/100) [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly D+ [4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [5]
Now 2/5 stars [2]
The Phoenix 1.5/4 stars [6]
RapReviews (8/10) [7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [8]
Stylus Magazine C− [9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 0/5 stars[10]
Vibe 2.5/5 stars [2]

The album so far has a score of 51 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "mixed or average reviews".[2] Rolling Stone's Evan Serpick gave it 3 out of 5 stars and said that "Eminem, Mobb Deep’s Havoc and a host of G-Unit regulars produce an album’s worth of chunky, ominous beats to fit Banks’ foul mood, but it runs a little thin over sixteen tracks."[8] AllHipHop gave it a score of three-and-a-half stars out of five and said that it was "primed to remind folks what crew controlled the game before his hiatus."[11] DJ Booth gave it three stars out of five and said it " doesn’t offer the same amount of high energy bangers. Subsequently, the label is now left to wonder what would have been if their decision on a lead single was different from the jump off."[12]

But XXL gave it a L/XXL (the equivalent of three stars out of five) and said, "Not falling far from 50 Cent’s platinum-rooted tree, Rotten Apple is fertilized with potent doses of sonic strength and catchy hooks. But overall, it isn’t the new massacre that'll shake New York hip-hop down to its core."[13] Allmusic's David Jeffries gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars and said that "The highlights are way high, but the album as a whole is fans-only."[3] HipHopDX gave it a similar score of two-and-a-half stars out of five and said, "Much like Banks' rapping, the beats just plod along. It is easy to expect less from some of his less talented G-Unit brethren, but Banks has shown himself to be capable of a lot. Minus a few moments where he shines, this album is as rotten as the City."[14]

After 5 weeks of sales the album was at number 71 on the Billboard charts with 15,000 copies sold that week and 250,000 copies sold total.[15] Despite not being certified in the United States, the album managed to strike Gold in Canada.[16] As of January 2012 the album has sold a total of nearly 600,000 total copies.The album has been since certified Gold by the RIAA

Commercial performance[edit]

Debuting at number 3 with 143,000, Banks fell more than 40,000 albums short of a chart-topping repeat.[17] The album fell to number 15 the following week with sales of 49,000.[18] In its third week, the album sold 25,000.[19] In its fourth week, the album sold 19,000 to land at number 43 on the album chart.[20] In its fifth week the album sold 15,000 to land at number 71 on the charts.[15] The album had sold a total of 351,000 copies.[21]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Rotten Apple" (featuring 50 Cent & Prodigy) Havoc, Sha Money XL 4:26
2. "Survival"   Young RJ Rice 3:47
3. "Playboy 2"   Ron Browz 3:44
4. "The Cake" (featuring 50 Cent) 10 For The Triad 3:07
5. "Make a Move"   Midi Mafia 4:46
6. "Hands Up" (featuring 50 Cent) Eminem, Chris Styles, Luis Resto 4:00
7. "Help" (featuring Keri Hilson) Ron Browz, Sha Money XL 3:54
8. "Addicted" (featuring Musiq Soulchild) Daniel Jones, Jermaine Mobley 3:00
9. "You Know the Deal" (featuring Rakim) Major Music Productions 4:05
10. "Get Clapped" (featuring Prodigy) Needlz 5:01
11. "Stranger"   Nick Speed 3:10
12. "Change"   Prince, Machavelli 3:35
13. "NY NY" (featuring Tony Yayo) Eminem, Luis Resto 3:29
14. "One Night Stand" (featuring Keon Bryce) 9th Wonder 3:57
15. "Iceman" (featuring Young Buck, 8Ball & Scarface) Dave Morris 5:28
16. "Gilmore's"   Younglord 2:50

Charts[edit]

Charts (2006)[22][23] Peak
position
French Albums Chart 65
Irish Albums Chart 27
Swiss Albums Chart 36
UK Albums Chart 40
Canadian Albums Chart 6
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rotten Apple Sales, 1st Week U.S.. UrbanConnects. Accessed July 31, 2007
  2. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Rotten Apple". Metacritic. Retrieved on March 3, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Allmusic review
  4. ^ Dombal, Ryan (October 6, 2006). "Rotten Apple Review". Entertainment Weekly: 131. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  6. ^ The Phoenix review
  7. ^ RapReviews review
  8. ^ a b Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 17, 2007)
  9. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  10. ^ Ranta, Alan. "Lloyd Banks - Rotten Apple". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  11. ^ AllHipHop review
  12. ^ DJ Booth review
  13. ^ XXL review
  14. ^ HipHopDX review
  15. ^ a b Hale, Andreas (2006-11-15). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 11/12/2006 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  16. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - January 2005". Cria.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  17. ^ Harris, Chris (2006-10-18). "Lloyd Banks Can't Catch Rod Stewart's Classics In Race For Billboard #1 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  18. ^ Hale, Andreas (2006-10-25). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 10/22/2006 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  19. ^ Hale, Andreas (2006-11-01). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 10/29/2006 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  20. ^ Hale, Andreas (2006-11-09). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 11/5/2006 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/953596/lloyd-banks-preps-hunger-for-more-after-going-gold
  22. ^ BillBoard. Lloyd Banks - Artist chart history. BillBoard. Accessed October 22, 2007.
  23. ^ aCharts. Lloyd Banks - The Hunger For More. aCharts. Accessed October 23, 2007.

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