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Rotten Apple (Lloyd Banks album)

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. 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".


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 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.


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 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."


Rotten Apple has sold 341,000 copies in the U.S. On November 11 2006, the Canadian Recording Industry Association certified it gold in Canada.

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 3:54
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) Chad Beatz Spider Loc & Marsha Ambrosius 4:21


Charts (2006) Peak
French Albums Chart 65
Irish Albums Chart 27
Swiss Albums Chart 36
UK Albums Chart 40
United World Chart 6
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1


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