Lloyd Banks was 22 when he released his debut album The Hunger For More in 2004, one year after 50 Cent's monumental debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Banks had already forged a reputation as the Punchline King, and he was G-Unit's undisputed next-up. He felt like the next big thing in rap.

Banks is 34 now. He's coming off the release of All or Nothing: Live it Up, his second mixtape in three years. Though his career never reached the soaring heights of 50 Cent's, his place in the hip hop canon is, in some ways, more secure.

Click through the gallery to listen to 10 of Banks most essential tracks.