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Rolling Stone (9/18/03, p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...LOVE's greatest strength is the same as its predecessors': Blige simmering vocal intensity and the way it slowly boils over into catharic exultation..."131.5613

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Rolling Stone (5/15/97, p.112) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...she's moved beyond sound to real singing....There's shading, depth and control in her vocals....she's consolidating power by proving herself on more traditional R&B terms..."Spin (6/97, p.118) - 8 (out of 10) - "..Blige still sings like she has scars that will never heal. Her tone and phrasing contain a fight-or-flight intensity that's both brazen and vulnerable....Like no diva since Aretha Franklin, Blige seems to command a song on sheer impulse and willpower..."Entertainment Weekly (5/2/97, pp.54-55) - "...having made an uneven album packed with career-peak performances, she is the only example of a hip-hop soul practitioner attempting to make a record that's more than a product placement opportunity for Lexus and Cristal..." - Rating: B+The Source (6/97, p.134) - "...a testament to the power of musical progression and personal perseverance. After years of honing the skill necessary to balance street savvy beats and cerebral songwriting, Mary J. is one artist that can say she's gone to new, higher ground..."Rap Pages (6/97, p.86) - "...Mary has allowed everyone to gaze into her eyes and become enchanted with her ghetto princess....This album shows that Mary's grown vocally....SHARE MY WORLD is an oral version of Alvin Ailey, raw and distinctly Black..."NME (Magazine) (4/19/97, p.46) - "...Imagine Lauryn Hill cured of her karaoke obsession...or L'il Kim after a spell in reform school and the globe-topping potential of SHARE MY WORLD becomes clear: Mary's is not a minority appeal....respect all around...."131.5613

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Rolling Stone (p.129) - 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[The] songs have the stuff to fight back.....[Certain] tracks remind us how tough this sweet-voiced diva can be..."Rolling Stone (p.113) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[T]he songwriting is her finest in years."Entertainment Weekly (p.55) - "She shines on the buttery bedroom groove of the Neptunes-produced 'Til the Morning'..." -- Grade: B98.67101

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Entertainment Weekly (5/31/96, p.61) - "Monifah attempts to establish herself in the Mary J. Blige mold of R&B/hip-hop divas....Some of the material falls flat, but all in all MOODS...MOMENTS is a very promising debut." - Rating: BVibe (9/96, p.210) - "...an old soul....Monifah is always in command of her most intoxicating gift: That Voice. Breezy and wistful one moment, all muscle the next....The entire album is poised to dominate the airwaves..."0.760785

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Rolling Stone (12/25/03-1/8/04, p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...She still sounds as hungry and driven as ever, refusing to repeat past successes, pushing on to newer and weirder realms...Why anybody would choose to spend their life without a copy of THIS IS NOT A TEST! is a mystery..."Spin (01/04, p.95) - "...Ridiculously, abstrusely , hyper-generously funky....It's both consistently catchy and consistently weird in all the right ways..." - Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly (11/28/03, p.124) - "...Elliott [is] full of vim and vinegar, especially when she's rapping or singing about sex....[On a couple of tracks] Elliott sets out to compete with the champagne-and-silk-underwear crowd of foxy, urban chanteuses..." - Rating: BQ (2/04, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The sexiest, most ear-popping, jaw-dropping fusion of old-school rap tribute, sparse R&B, mutant bhangra, and beat innovation..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/04, pp.96-7) - 3 stars out of 5 - "'Wake Up' is mesmerising....'Push It' and live hip hop deconstruction 'I'm Really Hot', both inject the set's ruthless minimalism with some fresh sonic ingredients."0.4002941

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Rolling Stone (2/6/03, p.60) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...ELECTRIC CIRCUS is a wild, vibrant trip billowing with purple-haze guitars, ethereal choruses and warped scratching....Common makes it all fly, breaking hip-hop rules with a freewheeling fearlessness worthy of his guitar-god muse..."Entertainment Weekly (12/13/02, p.82) - "...Although he can be self-righteous, scattered, and grim, a team of truly youthful-minded producers is there to color the gray." Rating: AUncut (3/03, p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Common's emphasis is more on social and historical awareness..."CMJ (1/27/03, p.6) - "...Common opens the tent door to his psychedelic ELECTRIC CIRCUS, following up the Jazz-inflected LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE with a flamboyant, swirling consciousness-rap opus..."Vibe (p.75) - "[H]ere the Hendrix-influenced MC spits some of the sickest rhymes of his career. His lyrics slice like a machete through the purple haze concocted by producers..."Mojo (Publisher) (2/03, p.96) - "...[A] masterpiece....ELECTRIC CIRCUS is a record of startling breadth....An astounding record, unhesitatingly recommended..."0.4002941

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Rolling Stone (12/9/99, pp.78-80) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Divadom has become an international language: These women are the equivalent of action heroes, the Arnold Schwarzenggers and Sylvester Stallones of pop. 'Hasta la diva', baby."0.4002941

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Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.110) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...superstar-packed.... Mary is moving away from the...sound of her earlier albums into a sound that's...more soulful, singing over a large live band or alongside Eric Clapton's guitar or Elton's piano. But she remains the queen of hip-hop soul..."Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.110) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...superstar-packed.... Mary is moving away from the...sound of her earlier albums into a sound that's...more soulful, singing over a large live band or alongside Eric Clapton's guitar or Elton's piano. But she remains the queen of hip-hop soul..."Spin (10/99, p.164) - 9 out of 10 - "...Emotionally gripping and stylistically diverse, this album should allow Blige to transcend the limited and somewhat apologetic 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' label..."Spin (10/99, p.164) - 9 out of 10 - "...Emotionally gripping and stylistically diverse, this album should allow Blige to transcend the limited and somewhat apologetic 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' label..."Entertainment Weekly (8/20-27/99, pp.123-4) - "...Does what Mary J. Blige does best - making a heart-to-heart connection with her female fans by channelling the everyday insults and injuries of the love wars into passionate vocal art." - Rating: B+Entertainment Weekly (8/20-27/99, pp.123-4) - "...Does what Mary J. Blige does best - making a heart-to-heart connection with her female fans by channelling the everyday insults and injuries of the love wars into passionate vocal art." - Rating: B+sQ (1/00, p.83) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."Q (9/99, p.101) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Whether freestyling over skipping, Timbaland-influenced beats on 'Beautiful One' or the straightforward swing of 'Your Child', Blige can turn from sassy to agonized to vulnerable in the space of a single phrase....The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul remains classy and invincible."Q (9/99, p.101) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Whether freestyling over skipping, Timbaland-influenced beats on 'Beautiful One' or the straightforward swing of 'Your Child', Blige can turn from sassy to agonized to vulnerable in the space of a single phrase....The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul remains classy and invincible."The Source (10/99, p.240) - "...when you take Mary's pure emotion...and place it over its rightful medium, something incredible is bound to happen....she dares to break the hip-hop soul template she helped create, and do something different. Something our loop-weary souls need."The Source (10/99, p.240) - "...when you take Mary's pure emotion...and place it over its rightful medium, something incredible is bound to happen....she dares to break the hip-hop soul template she helped create, and do something different. Something our loop-weary souls need."Rap Pages (10/99, pp.144-5) - "...It's sweet. It's consistent. It's personable. It's mature....A field trip of energy relative to all. And of course, each track is blessed with the influence of Hip-Hop soul, jazz and blues. Hail Mary!" - Rating: BRap Pages (10/99, pp.144-5) - "...It's sweet. It's consistent. It's personable. It's mature....A field trip of energy relative to all. And of course, each track is blessed with the influence of Hip-Hop soul, jazz and blues. Hail Mary!" - Rating: B0.3765694

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Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 32 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...[The album] unites hip-hop, R&B and reggae under a single groove..."Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.79) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (9/3/98, p.98) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...The sound of a woman who takes herself seriously....It's an album...that you could play at a family reunion, or any sort of multigenerational party, and get everyone bouncing and singing along, without anyone ever having to cringe..."Spin (9/99, p.132) - Ranked #28 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (1/99, p.91) - Ranked #1 on Spin's list of "Top 20 Albums of '98."Spin (9/98, pp.179-180) - 9 (out of 10) - "...the confidence with which Hill sings and raps herself into black music's mammoth tradition...is balanced by the vulnerability of one of MISEDUCATION's two themes: a love gone wrong, untangling itself painfully and slow....Part of her greatness is that this genre-bender has never feared sentiment..."Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p.166) - Ranked #2 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"Entertainment Weekly (9/4/98, pp.79-80) - "...Easily flowing from singing to rapping, evoking the past while forging a future of her own, Hill has made an album of often-astonishing power, strength, and feeling..." - Rating: AQ (p.121) - "[I]t only seems natural that Lauryn Hill's solo debut should mesh hip hop and soul to the point where it's hard to hear where one ends and the other begins..."Q (10/01, p.68) - Ranked #25 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (12/99, p.100) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Muzik (12/98, p.94) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...a superb collection of rhymes and beats and fresh lyrics that show how a good album should be recorded..."CMJ (1/11/99, p.3) - "...The jeep-bumping beats helped the album push platinum, but the potent, emotive songwriting made it an across-the-board pop milestone..."The Source (9/98, p.230) - "...Thoughtful, passionate, purposeful and unmistakably female....Small complaints, not even worth sweating when the overall emotional and musical effect is potent..."Rap Pages (11/98, p.130) - 4 (out of 5) - "...Choosing to display all of her talent, songwriting ability, Lauryn pushes rap aside, opting to sing more....Lauryn's attempt to intellectualize pain and love in word without sacrificing emotion in song is daring and creative..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #67 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Hill's debut dazzled, with old school soul, heart-breaking break-up songs and metaphysical raps providing an unbroken chain of dizzying highs."0.3234865

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The Source (9/98, p.256) - "...LOVE & CONSEQUENCE is more than just an homage to the glory days of yore....Gerald meshes his loverman attitude with a b-boy bounce..."0.3234865

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Rolling Stone (12/13/01, p.150) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...This is music filled with mood and memory, refined yet raw with emotion."Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"Rolling Stone (10/16/03, p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...The radiant SACRED LOVE is a vivid and frequently gorgeous reminder that Gordon Sumner is first and foremost a talented singer-songwriter..."Q (12/01, p.144) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The performances here bend towards restraint....serving as a reminder of the quality of songs such as 'Fields Of Gold' and 'Fragile'..."Q (10/03, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...He knows how to fashion a quality-sounding product for a start: tasteful sitars, flamenco guitars and jazzy pianos are but part of his armoury..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The grand design survives on Sting's sheer musical elegance and a sharp eye for surprise..."0.3234865

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Rolling Stone (1/31/02, p.52) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He expands his familair anthems with extemporaneous freestyle forays and smart instrumental interludes....Everything clicks [with] several points of pure delirium..."Entertainment Weekly (1/11/02, pp.68-9) - "...A beautiful thing....cut from a different, more vibrant cloth: It adheres to, and respects, the original arrangements of his studio recordings, also building on them and adding a new, unheard element to his music: celebration..." - Rating: AQ (2/02, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Jay-Z is a complex beast..."NME (Magazine) (1/19/02, p.28) - 7 out of 10 - "...This is the sound of a man at the top of his game....underlining what an amazing back catalogue the man possesses..."0.3234865

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Rolling Stone (12/12/96, p.82) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...After defining the music's rhythm in his dusted, offbeat, signature style, RZA emphasizes simple, precise percussion and bass thuds that are augmented by moody traces of lush strings, baroque riffs and samples from '60s soul records..."Spin (2/97, p.90) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Ghostface raps a more explosive variant of the chippy, Wu-Tang rhyme combinations....This guy just sounds mean--brutal, skilled, and unpredictable....As usual, [RZA] provides awesomely dark and eccentric backdrops for the MCs' dark maneuvers..."Entertainment Weekly (11/08/96, p.69) - "The latest from the Wu Tang Clan member finds Ghostface talking vehemently about sex, politics, and sexual politics..." - Rating: B+Q (6/00, p.123) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...More about lyrical finesse than anything else. 'Daytona 500' is a maginifcent, fast-paced testing of skills with Raekwon and Cappadonna....everything is delivered with tongue-twisting Wu-Tang virtuosity that untangles with every listen..."The Wire (10/01, p.46) - "...A masterpiece....Raekwon and Ghost raise the slang bar quickly, analogizing various mysterious practices to various foods..."Vibe (12/96, p.186) - "...Ghostface bangs out sarcastic, street-camouflaged wildness....If ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX...had you open, prepare for another gaping wound."The Source (12/96, p.124) - 4 Mics (out of 5) - "...introspective lyrics, haunting melodies and intense emotional moments....[T]he RZA does another masterful job, topping himself in terms of sonic diversity..."Rap Pages (1/97, p.25) - "...yet another tangled web of expectations-bashing yarns; an exhilarating listen...with moments to inspire both cardiopulmonary palpitations and contemplative nods....IRONMAN is the Wu-banger to challenge your demands and ultimately win you over..."NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #29 in NME's 1996 critic's poll.0.2830507

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Billboard (p.53) - "[T]here's something for everyone on BACK ON MY B.S....The rapper is still one of the most skilled in the game."XXL (Magazine) - "[Busta Rhymes] stays true to form, meshing the same witty concepts and dope production he has been known for his entire career....He also draws upon his Jamaican roots with the reggae-influenced 'Kill Dem'..."Q (Magazine) (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the utterly fantastic 'World Go Round' -- grunting hip-house, breathless rapping a killer hook from Estelle."0.2830507

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Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.113) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".Rolling Stone (8/3/00, pp.51-2) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The most pleasingly direct yet musically adventurous hip-hop LP you're likely to hear all year..."CMJ (9/4/00, p.30) - "...An album that will break all format boundaries once and for all..."Vibe (8/00, p.162) - "...'Diallo' provides for the most emotionally compelling vocal performance of [his] career..."The Source (8/00, pp.223-4) - 4.5 mics out of 5 - "...A blueprint that'll give this art more depth....Clef shows off his guitar skills, travels to places rap music hasn't been seen since Bambaataa toured the world....one helluva creation....Clef pulls it off and the Fugee stamp lives on..."0.2830507

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Rolling Stone (8/3/00, p.52) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A suprisingly upbeat party record....[She] still has an admirably tough and nasty mouth on her, and it's good to hear a Queen Bee sting."Q (9/00, p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Hip hop's reigning queen and this tough, funky, star-studded album...can consolidate her supremacy....hip hop has never been sexier."Mixmag (8/00, p.173) - 5 out of 5 - "...With explicit storytelling and roughneck sagas mingling with robotic beats that are heading for a dancefloor near you....Kim proves herself an on-point, hilarious MC; totally filthy and totally entertaining."CMJ (7/10/00, p.31) - "...The Queen Bee still knows how to get a rise out of the hip-hop nation with her XXX fantasy flow and sensually guttural voice..."The Source (8/00, pp.221-2) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...The Queen Bee is still incomparible when it comes to delivery, flow and near-comical filthy content..."Rap Pages (8-9/00, p.106) - "...[Her] second offering of sexually-driven content will not disappoint." - Rating: A-NME (Magazine) (6/24/00, p.42) - 8 out of 10 - "...Easily the best record to come out of the Junior MAFIA gang since Biggie's posthumous LIFE AFTER DEATH....proving she's still the queen of rap."0.2426149

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Spin (1/97, p.59) - Ranked #16 on Spin's list of the '20 Best Albums of '96.'Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.43) - Ranked #88 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks"Entertainment Weekly (12/1/95, p.73) - "...the album goes down easy, just as you'd expect from a package framed by Whitney Houston tracks....the soundtrack waits to exhale, hovering in sensuous suspense." - Rating: BMusician (3/96, p.92) - "...this is a Babyface album. Not only did he write all the new songs, but it's his empathy and melodic gift that sets the stage for these performances..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' and Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds gathers most of the sultriest female singers in current rhythm-and-blues... and matches them with his own tender, gently pulsating songs..."0.2426149

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Q (7/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Production is minimal, with her spitfire rhymes firmly in the foreground....Quick-witted and compelling, Martinez's narratives go with the swing..."Q (7/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Production is minimal, with her spitfire rhymes firmly in the foreground....Quick-witted and compelling, Martinez's narratives go with the swing..."0.2426149

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Vibe (9/95, p.172) - "...adds up to an accurate depiction of what hip hop--and its nastier alter ego, the rap industry--is about these days: prepackaged musical formulas, creatively dead subgenres, refreshing comebacks,...stray words of wisdom, and the occasional gemstone moments that...sustain the dedication of both casual and die-hard fans..."The Source (9/95, p.98) - 3.5 Mics - Dope - "...THE SHOW gets off to a furious start....it might actually spark another classic or two in Def Jam's long line of priceless tunes..."NME (Magazine) (9/16/95, p.48) - 8 (out of 10) - "...what is hip-hop in the '90s?....there used to be mad shouting, now there's mad murmuring and a bubble bath '70s keyboard sample....there's Warren G doing his extra cool hustler bit, some LA gangstas defending their corner, A Tribe Called Quest making like wise oldsters....as good an answer to the big question as you'll get on one record..."0.202179

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