Rating- A solid 4 stars
5 favorite songs- When The Chips Are Down, Warrior Part 2, On Fire, I'm So Fly, & I Get High
Chinks in G-Unit's armor begin to show around the time this album came out. It made a little noise, but of course it couldn't hold a candle to his debut. He also switched up his voice, clearly, on this album (not sure why). The sophomore album is good, but could've been better.
Rating- About 3 stars or so.
5 favorite songs- Cake, Hands Up, You Know The Deal, Make A Move, & Survival
Arriving a few years after "Rotten Apple", I anticipated this one a little more than others, but overall it was a very good album. It wasn't a continuation, of sorts, of its predecessor, but rather an update on it. It was also released quietly in 2010 (even with two hits in "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" and "Start It Up"), plus it was released on the same day as Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy".
Rating- 3.5 stars
5 favorite songs- Start It Up, Beamer, Benz, or Bentley, Home Sweet Home, Unexplainable, & Sooner or Later (Die 1 Day)
Since the release of HFM2, Banks has mainly been doing mixtapes, namely "Cold Corner 2" in 2011, which was very good, and most recently "V.6: The Gift", which I'll be checking out by the time you read this. It also doesn't seem like he and mentor 50 Cent are on the same page based on recent comments made by 50, but either way, Banks has managed to stay active in hip hop, and that's a good thing. If things don't work out with 50, I feel he should either attempt to start his own independent label or try to link up with a label that'll suit him and his talents. He's 30, so he still has a lot to contribute.