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… 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… 2005-05-17 Memphis Bleek Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

534 (2005)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 17, 2005; Lead Performance: Memphis Bleek; Genre: Hip-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 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 Published in issue #820 May 20, 2005 Order article reprints