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Rotten Apple
Studio album by Lloyd Banks
Released October 10, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre East Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 61:56
Label G-Unit/Interscope
Producer Lloyd Banks (Exec.)
50 Cent (Exec.)
Sha Money XL (co-exec.) Eminem, Needlz, Younglord, Ron Browz, Havoc, 9th Wonder, Midi Mafia
Professional reviews
Lloyd Banks chronology
The Hunger for More
(2004)
Rotten Apple
(2006)
Untitled third studio album
(2010)
Singles from Rotten Apple
  1. "The Cake"
    Released: June 10, 2006
  2. "Hands Up"
    Released: September 2006
  3. "Help"
    Released: November 2006
  4. "Iceman"
    Released: 2006

Rotten Apple is the second album by G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks. It was released on October 10, 2006 and sold 143,000 copies in its first week.[1] It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. The title of the album is a play on the New York City nickname "Big Apple".

Contents

Background

The album featured guest appearances from 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Scarface, Mobb Deep, 8 Ball,Keri Hilson, and Musiq Soulchild. Production was provided by Eminem, Needlz, Sha Money XL, Younglord, Ron Browz, Havoc and 9th Wonder. Banks also 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

The album received mixed 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".

But XXL gave it a L/XXL 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." Also 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."

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Time
1 "Rotten Apple" (feat. 50 Cent, Prodigy) Havoc, Sha Money XL (co) 4:26
2 "Survival" Young RJ 3:47
3 "Playboy 2" Ron Browz 3:44
4 "The Cake" (feat. 50 Cent) The 10 2:46
5 "Make a Move" Midi Mafia 4:46
6 "Hands Up" (feat. 50 Cent) Eminem, Dangerous LLC and Bang Out (co) 4:01
7 "Help" (feat. Keri Hilson) Ron Browz, Sha Money XL (co) 3:54
8 "Addicted" (feat. Musiq Soulchild) Daniel Jones, Jermaine Mobley and Sha Money XL (co) 3:00
9 "You Know the Deal" (feat. Rakim) Product, Whitton 4:05
10 "Get Clapped" (feat. Prodigy) Needlz 5:01
11 "Stranger" Nick Speed 3:10
12 "Change" Prince, Machavelli 3:35
13 "NY NY" (feat. Tony Yayo) Eminem, Luis Resto (co) 3:29
14 "One Night Stand" (feat. Keon Bryce) 9th Wonder 3:57
15 "Iceman" (feat. Young Buck, Scarface & 8Ball) Dave Morris 5:28
16 "Gilmore's" Richard "Younglord" Frierson for The Hitmen 2:51
17* "Life" (feat. Spider Loc) Chad Beatz 4:21

Charts

Charts (2006)[3][4] 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

References

  1. ^ Rotten Apple Sales, 1st Week U.S.. UrbanConnects. Accessed July 31, 2007
  2. ^ Lloyd Banks: Rotten Apple (2006): Reviews. Metacritic. Accessed May 29, 2008.
  3. ^ BillBoard. Lloyd Banks - Artist chart history. BillBoard. Accessed October 22, 2007.
  4. ^ aCharts. Lloyd Banks - The Hunger For More. aCharts. Accessed October 23, 2007.







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