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CD Review: Lil has changed in Weezy’s raps

  “Tha Carter IV” is exactly the type of album you’d expect from Lil Wayne. That’s the main problem. On the Young Money chief’s long-delayed ninth studio effort — recorded after his eight-month stint at Rikers Island for felony gun charges and released yesterday — Wayne shows few signs of artistic growth. Instead, he resorts […]

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Merren stays true to his Authentic Lifestyle

While other rappers chase trends and recycle cliches, Mark Merren is out to motivate the masses. The 29-year-old steers clear of fake thug personas, material excess and shallow rap sermons in favor of something more substantial and stirring on his solo debut, “Motivate,” available for download at markmerren.com. Merren hosts a party to celebrate the […]

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Keith’s country a good fit for Urban Hub

Keith Urban may have weaknesses, but they weren’t apparent last night. For two-plus hours, the Aussie country-rocker delivered a polished, dynamic performance that kept fans shrieking, clapping and hopping in their cowboy boots. One female admirer appeared to cry when Urban pulled her onstage and handed her the mike during rocker “Kiss a Girl.” Urban’s […]

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Curren$y “Weekend at Burnies” review

New Orleans veteran Curren$y has clearly paid his dues: He’s been signed to both No Limit and Cash Money/Young Money and released six studio albums and more than 10 mixtapes in his decade-long career. But on his major label debut, the rapper — who could pass for a slightly more animated version of Birdman — […]

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