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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 #3 on the Billboard 200 charts. The title of the album is a play on the New York City nickname "The Big Apple".

Background

The album featured guest appearances from 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Scarface, Mobb Deep, 8 Ball, Rakim, Keri Hilson, and Musiq Soulchild. Production was provided by Eminem, Needlz, Sha Money XL, Younglord, Ron Brownz, 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. 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 Magazine 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 All Music Guide'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."

Sales

U.S. sales: 329,000 (by June 13 2007)[2]

  • Canada sales: 50,000+[3]

Charts

Charts (2006)[4][5] Peak
position
US Billboard 200 3
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
United World Chart 6
UK Albums Chart 40
Irish Albums Chart 27
French Albums Chart 65
Swiss Albums Chart 36

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Time
1 "Rotten Apple" Havoc

Sha Money XL (co-producer)

50 Cent & Prodigy 4:26
2 "Survival" Young JR 3:47
3 "Playboy 2" Ron Browz 3:44
4 "The Cake" The 10 50 Cent 2:46
5 "Make A Move" Midi Mafia 4:46
6 "Hands Up" Eminem

Dangerous LLC (co-producer)
Bang Out (co-producer)

50 Cent 4:01
7 "Help" Ron Browz

Sha Money XL (co-producer)

Keri Hilson 3:59
8 "Addicted" Daniel Jones

Jermaine Mobley (co-producer)
Sha Money XL (co-producer)

Musiq Soulchild 3:00
9 "You Know The Deal (Dollar Bill)" Product & Whitton Rakim 4:05
10 "Get Clapped" Needlz Mobb Deep 5:01
11 "Stranger" Nick Speed 3:10
12 "Change" Prince & Machavelli 3:35
13 "NY NY" Eminem

Luis Resto (co-producer)

Tony Yayo 3:29
14 "One Night Stand" 9th Wonder Keon Bryce (Uncredited) 3:57
15 "Iceman" Dave Morris Young Buck, Scarface & 8Ball 5:28
16 "Gilmore's" Richard "Younglord" Frierson for The Hitmen 2:51
17 "Life" (Bonus Track)[6][7] Chad Beat Spider Loc, Marsha Ambrosius 4:21

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