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RR’s ’09 Worst Albums: #4 Fat Joe “J.O.S.E. 2”

Crack’s my man but this album was the biggest misstep his career has seen thus far. In many ways, it wasn’t his fault. J.O.S.E. 2 was DOA, due to behind the scenes label drama, more release date pushbacks than Mystikal’s hairline and as I detailed last October, sample clearance issues that ruined two strong records, “Joey Don’t Do It” and “Music”. One cut on this CD could have it salvaged it but “Congratulations” should have been a dolo Joe record […]

RR’s ’09 Best Singles: #4 Jay-Z x Alicia Keys “Empire State Of Mind”

New York has its share of anthems. But not since Ol Blue Eyes’ ode has a record been embraced by Big Apple folk more than Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State Of Mind”. Fleeting pianos set the backdrop for Hov’s rugged rhymes and Alicia’s buttery chords. Even the Average Joe can sieze the day with a line like, “Where dreams are made of. There’s nothing you can’t do…” Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter where ya from — it’s where […]

RR’s ’09 Worst Albums: #5 Lil Wayne “Rebirth”

Technically, this wasn’t released in 2009—or was it? Due out this June, Amazon.com prematurely mailed copies of Lil Wayne’s rock inspired album, Rebirth last month. But before the cat was let out the bag, Weezy turned up the Auto-Tune on the brutal single, “Prom Queen” last winter. The faulty vocal mechanics continued on “Hot Revolver”, “Da Da Da” , and  “On Fire”. Not even Eminem’s five star verse on “Drop The World” could save the day. Now with talk of […]