The long awaited “Cold Corner 2″ from Lloyd Banks has finally dropped. With this being the last free mixtape we get from Lloyd Banks I had to do a review on it, plus people asked for it so why not. Has Lloyd Banks managed to drop the hottest mixtape in 2011? or is it not even worth downloading? Read all about it after the jump.
1. “1,2,3 Grind” feat. Prodigy – Crazy introduction to a mixtape, Banks and Prodigy haven’t made a collab in awhile and this just makes me want more. The production is fast paste and makes your head bump with the track, Banks lyrics is crazy and the hook is on point. Prodigy definitely was needed on this track, I was hoping he could have been featured more but it’s only a mixtape, Prodigy really shows who’s the real kings in this Hip-Hop game, not them skinny jean wearing boys.
2. “Super Crack” – This mixtape is that Super Crack, it’s going to kill you because of how good it is, makes you want to wish Hip-Hop was like this more often. Production reminds me of the late 1990′s, Banks flow is crack and makes you fiend for more, overall a good track to put on the mixtape.
3. “Shock The World” – This track shows that Lloyd Banks really knows how to choose his beats, and the producer that made this track is on point. I’m glad he chose this track as a single from the mixtape, hopefully Banks chooses to shoot a video for this track. The lyrics are crazy, fast paste and the hook is on point.
4. “Predator” feat. Styles P – This track is more simple, I feel like Banks flow gets a little repetitive and I wish he could switch it up a little. The lyrics are crazy as usual and Styles P just makes the track better, the more features the better. Production is okay too, I like the Church type of theme to the production, Hook is crazy too, Banks is getting better at the hooks which is always good.
5. “The Pulse” – This track really didn’t stand out to me, Production was okay, Banks flow is the same, dope lyrics though.
6. “Make It Stack” feat. A$AP Rocky – Once again I’m glad Banks chose this track to be a main song from the mixtape, it originally only had Banks on it but ASAP Rocky jumped on it. I’m glad Rocky did that too, his flow was on point with the beat and I never really listened to Rocky at all until this track landed on the mixtape, I loved the flow that Rocky had it was surprising. Banks of course killed the verse’s, the hook was amazing and really pointed out something that was dope if you caught it. Production is simple but amazing at the same time.
7. “Score” – I was looking for a track like this on the mixtape, Banks always has that one song that has a crazy production and lyrics were he’s stunting on people. His flow is on point, Hook is amazing and this is just one of those feel good tracks.
8. “We F**kin” – Man don’t really know what to say, Banks always is on point with what beats he chooses and his flow is on point always, it amazes me how he manages to pull it off with almost every track. Production switches up which is always good and Hook is crazy, this could even end up being on his ACTUAL Album it’s that good, potential first single? Yep.
9. “Love Shots” – This track is pretty good, didn’t stand out to me that much but the public responded well to it and I sort of see why, Production samples something that works with the beat very well. Banks fits this track perfectly.
10. “Joke’s On You” – The intro was a little long but I guess Banks was trying to create a story with this track and I respect that. He spills his feelings on this track about his relationship with Women, Lots of people can relate to this believe it or not which is a good target for someone that was never a fan of Banks.
11. “Young Fly Flashy” – Hard Production, Hard Punchlines, Hard Flow, Nuff Said.
12. “Ice Box 2″ – The main thing that stood out once again is how Banks can flow with any beat he gets on, Production is crazy and definitely bangs in the whip. Banks killed the hook as well.
13. “No Love” – You won’t really catch a track like this on any Lloyd Banks mixtape or album. This track surprised me a lot he spilled his feelings on this track on his life, how fake people are and more. He speaks on his father passing, Heaven and how underrated he is. I’m glad this landed on the mixtape really shows how good Banks is with the mic. You can hear the lyrics more then the beat which is what your supposed to do when you want to send a message to people. One line stood out to me which was “Fans turned on me, Never thought it would be this weird, Guess they thought I wouldn’t keep up, Look how I switched gears.” In that one line he ended all of the haters and shitted on them, Props.
14. “Cashin In” – Hook stood out a whole lot to me, it was really creative in my mind. Lyrics are crazy, loved how he started out with how underrated he is, speaking the truth. Production is simple which is good because you don’t want every track having a crazy beat on it, you need something to calm you down after listening to 13 tracks straight.
15. “Cold Corner 2 (Eyes Wide)” – I loved the beat on this track, the drums are sick and brought me back to a simpler time when we didn’t have everything crazy in a production like snaps, cracks, gun shots..etc, this beat just had drums which is perfect. Hook is dope, liked that he used the mixtapes title to make a hook off it. Verses are crazy as usual.
16. “Keep Your Cool” – The Production makes me feel like I’m in an elevator, you know when they play that elevator music that makes you calm, that’s how I felt with this beat which is cool. This track Kept My Cool, but lost my attention which is a bad thing. Wasn’t feeling this track that much.
17. “Get It How I Live” – Get it how Banks Lives, I wish I could he’s filthy rich, and this track aims at him trying to get his profit up. Typical track to me, didn’t stand out much, but dope track even if I don’t bump it a whole lot.
18. “Come Up” – This track is the same to me, same flow, I wasn’t feeling the production either.
+ Banks Managed to provide his fans with a full 18 track MIXTAPE that sounded like an Album and I know as a fan I’m super happy that I got something that sounds like an album for FREE as a Mixtape, it really shows how good Banks is as a rapper.
+ Lyrics are crazy and Banks is truly the Punch Line King (PLK).
+ The Production chosen on this mixtape is perfect and Banks flows with the beats perfectly.
- Flow was repetitive and really got boring after awhile, but not too much of a complaint for a free mixtape that should have been an Album.
Overall the mixtape gets a score of 9.5 Out of 10.