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Music, All Shook Down Is There Actually Any Michael Jackson in This New M.J. Song, 'Hold My Hand'?

Is There Actually Any Michael Jackson in This New M.J. Song, 'Hold My Hand'?

​Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael comes out next week -- stocking bait, anyone? -- which means its time to prepare ourselves for a deluge of "Michael Jackson songs" that aren't really Michael Jackson songs.Oh, now, we tried to be optimistic,…
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Music, Reviewed Akon

Akon

The Smoking Gun Web site exposed Akon earlier this year, unearthing police documents showing he had greatly exaggerated his arrest record and incarceration time. And so on his third album, Freedom, he downgrades himself from Konvicted (his last CD) to…
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Music, Reviewed E-40

E-40

For an artist who stakes his style on all things kinetic and "flamboastin'," E-40's new album — his first since hyphy's high tide two years ago — is woefully contrived. If he'd merely taken up the challenge of following his…
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Music, Reviewed Kanye West

Kanye West

Kanye is the most exciting man in rap music because he puts out quality, popular albums. Forget the artless 50 Cent, and forget Akon — Kanye tries much, much harder. Graduation, which has 13 bangers and zero skits, reflects the…
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