Ryan Dombal
April 11, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”I’m stressed out,” confesses Sigel on The B. Coming, his third album. You can’t blame the rugged MC for being a tad overwhelmed. Currently serving a yearlong prison sentence on gun charges, he was clearly inspired to balance his usual crack-‘n’-gats talk with unvarnished self-reflection. From the low-key paranoia of ”Feel It in the Air” to the optimistic, Philly-soul-sounding ”Change,” Sigel’s latest finds him at his most vulnerable — and his best.

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