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534 You know a rapper's future is in trouble when he gets arrested for a bar brawl two weeks before his CD drops, and hardly anyone notices — or...534Hip-Hop/Rap You know a rapper's future is in trouble when he gets arrested for a bar brawl two weeks before his CD drops, and hardly anyone notices — or...2005-05-16
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534

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Memphis Bleek; Producer (group): Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella; Status: In Season

You know a rapper’s future is in trouble when he gets arrested for a bar brawl two weeks before his CD drops, and hardly anyone notices — or cares. The only thing more embarrassing for Brooklyn’s Memphis Bleek on 534 is that he’s absent from his fourth CD’s finest track, ”Dear Summer,” a Just Blaze-produced hip-hop/soul jam that finds Jay-Z passing the torch to his consistently unimaginative apprentice before leaving him to limp across an uneven mix of contrived party songs and well-produced yet lyrically insipid street tales.

Originally posted May 16 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT

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