The Hunger for More

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The Hunger for More
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 2004
GenreHip hop
Length59:28
Label
Producer
Lloyd Banks chronology
The Hunger for More
(2004)
Rotten Apple
(2006)
Alternative cover
Special Edition cover
Singles from The Hunger For More
  1. "On Fire"
    Released: April 27, 2004[1]
  2. "I'm So Fly"
    Released: July 13, 2004
  3. "Karma"
    Released: October 19, 2004

The Hunger for More is the debut album by Lloyd Banks, released June 29, 2004 on G-Unit Records and Interscope Records.

Background[edit]

The hit singles from this album include "On Fire", "I'm So Fly", and "Karma". Features on this album include 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and The Game.

During the first week of The Hunger For More's release, a distribution house in Manhattan was robbed of approximately eight boxes of the CDs (200 copies). A New York record store had nearly 100 copies of the CD stolen from its racks by a single perpetrator on the album's first day in stores, though they were later recovered.[2]

Concept[edit]

During an interview Lloyd Banks explained the reason behind naming the album. He said:

When I say The Hunger for More, it could be referring to more success. It could be more money. Or Respect. More power. More understanding. All those things lead up to that hunger for more, because my more isn't everybody else's more. I feel like I made it already, because I got already what everybody on the corners of the neighborhood I grew up in is striving to get.[3]

Recordings[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllHipHop3.5/5 stars [6]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [7]
Blender3/5 stars [10]
E! OnlineB−[11]
HipHopDX4/5 stars [12]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars [13]
RapReviews(8/10) [14]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [15]
Vibe3.5/5 stars [8][9]
The Village Voice(mixed) [16]

Upon its release, The Hunger for More received positive reviews from most music critics.[17] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on 10 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

It was released in 2004 and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with week-one sales topping 433,000.[18] The album remained at #1 on the Billboard 200 in the 2nd week, selling close to 164,000 copies in the United States.[18] "That's the kind of debut that veteran artists have," says Banks. "That showed me that following 50's moves and studying the way that he played the game had put me in an incredible position." The album has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[19][20] The album also achieved Platinum status in Canada[21]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Ain't No Click" (featuring Tony Yayo)Havoc4:25
2."Playboy" (featuring DJ Whoo Kid)Ron Browz4:32
3."Warrior"Thayod Ausar2:47
4."On Fire" (featuring 50 Cent)3:07
5."I Get High" (featuring 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg)Hi-Tek4:09
6."I'm So Fly"4:00
7."Work Magic" (featuring Young Buck)Scram Jones4:27
8."If You So Gangsta"4:49
9."Warrior Part 2" (featuring Eminem, 50 Cent and Nate Dogg)Eminem3:38
10."Karma" (featuring Avant)Greg 'Ginx' Doby4:38
11."When the Chips Are Down" (featuring The Game)
  • Black Jeruz
  • Sha Money XL
3:31
12."Til the End" (featuring Nate Dogg)Eminem5:09
13."Die One Day"Baby Grand3:14
14."South Side Story"Diaz Brothers4:10

Special edition[edit]

  • The album was also released in a special edition, which featured a bonus track and different packaging (including a CD booklet on dollar bill-style paper). It also included a 25-minute DVD with the video for "My Buddy", a clip for "Smile" and "A Day in the Life of Lloyd Banks."[3]
  • The Bonus Track on the Special Edition, "Just Another Day", contains lyrical interpolations of Queen Latifah's song of the same name.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Charts (2004)[24][25] Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart 52
French Albums Chart 37
German Albums Chart 45
Irish Albums Chart 36
Swiss Albums Chart 65
UK Albums Chart 15
Canadian Albums Chart 2
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/on-fire-mw0001704811/releases
  2. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Lloyd Banks, Michelle Branch, Hoobastank, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Usher & More". MTV. 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  3. ^ a b Jonathan Cohen (May 19, 2004). Lloyd Banks Feeds The 'Hunger'. Billboard. Accessed October 22, 2007.
  4. ^ "MVRemix Urban Interviews Lloyd Banks | G-Unit | US and Canadian Underground Hip Hop and Soul - exclusive interviews, reviews, articles". Mvremix.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "The Hunger For More - Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos". AllHipHop. 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  7. ^ David Jeffries (2004-06-29). "The Hunger for More - Lloyd Banks | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  8. ^ "VIBE.com: Llyod Banks - The Hunger For More (G Unit/Interscope)". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2017-04-27.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Vibe. Books.google.com. p. 159. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  10. ^ "Blender :: guide". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2006-10-19. Retrieved 2017-04-27.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "Lloyd Banks - The Hunger For More". HipHopDX. 2004-06-27. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  13. ^ Robert Hilburn; Dean Kuipers; Randy Lewis (2004-07-18). "Buzzes and bumbles abound". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  14. ^ "Feature for June 29, 2004 - Lloyd Banks' "The Hunger for More"". Rapreviews.com. 2004-06-29. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  15. ^ Lloyd Banks (2004-08-05). "Lloyd Banks: The Hunger For More : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2017-04-27.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. ^ O'Connor, Christopher (2004-09-07). "Life After 50". Village Voice. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  17. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for The Hunger For More". Metacritic. Retrieved on 2011-05-14.
  18. ^ a b 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 2012-02-22.
  19. ^ Winning, Brolin (June 8, 2014). Exclusive Interview with Lloyd Banks Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. MP3.com. Accessed July 31, 2007.
  20. ^ Searchable Database Archived June 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. RIAA. Accessed July 31, 2007.
  21. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - June 2004". Cria.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Lloyd Banks". Music Canada.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Lloyd Banks". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  24. ^ BillBoard. Lloyd Banks – Artist chart history. BillBoard. Accessed October 22, 2007.
  25. ^ aCharts. Lloyd Banks – The Hunger For More. aCharts. Accessed October 23, 2007.

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