Music Review: 'Coming of Age' | EW.com

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Coming of Age The outlook is anything but bleak for this Jay-Z protege and his totally thugged-out debut, Coming of Age. Bleek's relentless rhymes...Coming of AgeHip-Hop/Rap The outlook is anything but bleak for this Jay-Z protege and his totally thugged-out debut, Coming of Age. Bleek's relentless rhymes...1999-09-03
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Coming of Age

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Memphis Bleek

The outlook is anything but bleak for this Jay-Z protege and his totally thugged-out debut, Coming of Age. Bleek’s relentless rhymes hold their own against guests like Ja Rule and Noreaga, yet show a surprisingly sensitive side on the autobiographical ”Regular Cat.” Even better are the ominous inner-city symphonies and raw street beats backing him — they’re of such fresh vintage they don’t need to age.