Craig Seymour
April 07, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why must I be a thug in love? That’s the question Trick Daddy contemplates on the best of his new CD, Book of Thugs: Chapter A.K., Verse 47. But too often he trades introspection for spirited but uninspired tales about taking lives, transacting sex, and the folks who’d better have his money. The kinetic beats make it a rousing listen, but, lyrically, you’ve heard it before. C+

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