Jon Caramanica
September 27, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

While older sib Nick breaks free of the Backstreet, Carter the Younger has the streets on lock. Main Street at Disneyland, that is. His third album finds him, by turns, a sensitive boyfriend (”I know The Green Mile makes you sad”) and a warrior for the downtrodden (”troubled times bring about troubled vibes”). Along the way, Funky A rips off Nelly’s ”Ride Wit Me” and most of the Will Smith oeuvre, making him an even more credible white-rap threat than LFO.

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