Artists who put out album sequels are often criticized for trying to capitalize on a classic work. No one will accuse G-Unit lieutenant Lloyd Banks of that with the second instalment of his uneven debut. If Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II is The Godfather: Part II of hip-hop, then H.F.M. 2 is the genre's Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous.
To its credit, however, it features a couple of the hottest rap singles to come out of New York this year: Beamer, Benz, Or Bentley featuring Juelz Santana and Start It Up with Kanye West, Fabolous, Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie. Banks also spends plenty of time proving his rep for sharp punchlines, street tales and R&B-flavoured club anthems.
Top track: Start It Up