Ta-Nehisi Coates
March 14, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Richard Simmons must have gotten ahold of Fabolous’ second LP. The ideas are thin and the beats thinner — never have drums sounded so unpercussive as they do on ”Up on Things,” a duet with Snoop Dogg. Nor have backup singers ever sounded so pointless as on ”Call Me.” Fabolous himself comes off as being lighter than Jared from Subway — with all of Jay-Z’s arrogance, but none of his charisma.

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