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Lost and Found (Music - Will Smith)

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Will Smith; Producer (group): Interscope

”I never write verses with curses” — or choruses, either — raps Will Smith on Lost and Found, pointing up one reason why some hardcore hip-hoppers hate on him. But realizing that living large is the best revenge, Big Willie doesn’t waste too much time apologizing for his lack of crudeness. Whether recasting the Spider-Man theme as a rap tune (”Here He Comes”), poking fun at his own squeaky-clean image (”Mr. Niceguy”), or relating the tragic tale of a Fresh Prince-obsessed stalker (”Loretta”), Smith delivers a CD packed with the sort of undeniable pleasures only the most churlish thug could deny. Go ahead — get your jig on.

Originally posted April 11 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT

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