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Unfinished BusinessTheir first quest to crash the charts, Unfinished Business, was stymied by R. Kelly's nascent legal woes in 2002, hence the title of this...Unfinished BusinessHip-Hop/RapTheir first quest to crash the charts, Unfinished Business, was stymied by R. Kelly's nascent legal woes in 2002, hence the title of this...2004-11-12
Jay-Z, R. Kelly

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Unfinished Business

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performers: Jay-Z, R. Kelly; Producer (group): Def Jam, Jive Records, Roc-A-Fella, Rockland; Status: In Season

Their first quest to crash the charts, Unfinished Business, was stymied by R. Kelly’s nascent legal woes in 2002, hence the title of this formulaic bore of an album, which sees both performers shamelessly banking on their marquee names. Over soulless Track Masters-supplied party beats, Kelly croons insipid verses (he rhymes ”MTV” with ”BET” twice). Jay-Z also disappoints with dumbed-down lyrics that belie his true talents. For best results, listen to these modern marvels separately.

Originally posted November 12 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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