Ryan Dombal
December 01, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Remember crunk? Lil Scrappy hopes so. Executive-produced by falling titans 50 Cent and Lil Jon (who also add vocals), this Atlanta rapper’s debut album, Bred 2 Die, Born to Live, mostly aims to revive the aggressive hip-hop style. But the stock synths and bloodthirsty chants found on tracks like ”Gangsta, Gangsta” and ”Police” are more likely to remind listeners why crunk had such a short shelf life in the first place. And while the melodic, down-South rhythm of Scrappy’s flow can be beguiling, his atrocious lyrics make him sound like a lobotomized T.I.

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