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Yo! MTV Raps [Def Jam, 1997]
to paraphrase the eminent RZA: "This ain't true hip hop you listenin' to right here, in the pure form; this is some r&b with the wack nigga takin' the loop, be loopin' that shit and stickin' in choruses thinkin' it's gonna be the sound of the culture"--and it has its uses (Bone, Thugs-n-Harmony, "Tha Crossroads"; L.L. Cool J, "Loungin [Who Ya Love Remix]") **