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The Darkside Volume 1

Fat Joe | VALLEY OF DEATH Fat Joe

VALLEY OF DEATH Fat Joe

B+

The Darkside Volume 1

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Fat Joe

Someone has to uphold New York rap traditionalism. Why not Fat Joe? He makes a reasonably convincing case for himself as an elder statesman of the style on his 10th album, The Darkside Vol. 1, firing off no-nonsense crime rhymes over soul samples as if the ?90s never ended. His inspiration trails off slightly toward the end, but at least half of these tracks will delight purists. B+

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Originally posted July 21 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT

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