This is the 5th full-length album from Queens emcee Lloyd Banks. Gaining notoriety in the 2000s for his witty punchlines along as well as being an original member of G-Unit alongside childhood friends 50 Cent & Tony Yayo, he kept himself busy for a little while after the group’s disbandment in 2015 by releasing A.O.N. 2 (All Or Nothing 2): L.I.U. (Live It Up) & Halloween Havoc 3: 4 Days of Fury just before taking on a 5-year hiatus that really lasted until he received a song placement on the soundtrack for Griselda Records’ theatrical debut Conflicted a year & a half ago & his comeback effort The Course of the Inevitable last summer. However, we’re now being treated to The Course of the Inevitable 2 after getting a couple singles recently.
“Impact” opens up the album with Lloyd calling this his get-back on top of a cold instrumental from Cartune whereas “No Reward” takes the eerie boom bap route talking about rewards only come with the struggle. Conway the Machine tags along for the appropriately titled “Menace” to lyrically obliterate their competition leading into Benny the Butcher coming into the picture for the piano-tinged “Living Proof” talking about how real ones always regroup.
Meanwhile on “Value of a Check”, we have Lloyd addressing those wylin’ for a rep over a dusty instrumental just before “Power Steering” with Jadakiss finds the 2 talking about makin’ a killin’ this time around & the beat here’s just ok.“Fell in Love” shoots for a more sensual vibe whilst excellently tackling the idea of being lovestruck even though he didn’t want to, but then “Socialize” returns to the boom bap acknowledging the fact that some people will literally do anything for survival.
“Murda 1” has a more sumptuous beat talking about how vacations will come when the rain’s gone while “Don’t Switch” reunites with Tony Yayo to call out those who be changing up on their kinfolk without holding anything back over a cloud boom bap instrumental. “Dead Roses” brings in the pianos talking about wanting his flowers while he can still smell ‘em while the song “Trapped” talks about how some doors are open for a reason of a deadpan beat. The penultimate track “Traffic” with Dave East & Vado finds the trio maliciously declaring anyone who turns their back needs to suffer while “On My Way” is an organ-laced opener talking about it’s how you get up, not how you fall.
Anyone who’s been following G-Unit for the past 2 decades should know by now that Lloyd rarely misses when he drops & The Course of the Inevitable 2 to me is a worthy sequel to the comeback album that he just dropped a little over a year ago. His punchlines are always highly entertaining to hear & not only do the features remain as consistent as the predecessor was, but the production does also.