Lloyd Banks, ‘H.F.M. 2′ (G-Unit)
Lloyd Banks’ hunger is not born of starvation, but of an insatiable appetite. On his third solo effort, the G-Unit rapper is a connoisseur of cars, women, and guns, spinning tight spider webs of syllables that are often so patterned that they obscure individual strands. “Put my Ferrari in park, give ‘em a running start,” Banks growls on “Payback,” a sinister track with mentor 50 Cent and a woozy, almost dubstep bass line. But he loves the ladies almost as much as barking threats. On “So Forgetful,” an apology to past conquests, Banks muses about “wet spots on the mattress and champagne splashes” atop producer Ryan Leslie’s 8-bit Atari synths.