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Craig Seymour
November 13, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Dynasty Roc La Familia

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jay Z
Producers
PolyGram, Roc-A-Fella
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

Call The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000- ) Jigga’s funk album. His last two full lengths had a futuristic, otherworldly feel, but this sounds earthy and retro with horn squalls, low riding bass, Latin jazz timbals, and disco pings and whistles. The rapper’s ever clever lyrics alternately celebrate the gangsta high life and lament the circumstances that led him to it. ”Where Have You Been,” about his estrangement from his dad, reveals the unresolved pain behind the pimpin’.

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