In the City (2008) This Miami Beach multi-instrumentalist made his bones playing on and producing records by David Banner and the Black Eyed Peas. Like Timbaland and the Neptunes… 2008-11-25 Kevin Rudolf Rock
Music Review

In the City (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 25, 2008; Lead Performance: Kevin Rudolf; Genre: Rock

This Miami Beach multi-instrumentalist made his bones playing on and producing records by David Banner and the Black Eyed Peas. Like Timbaland and the Neptunes before him, though, Rudolf's behind-the-scenes work only whetted his limelight appetite, so here he steps out with a weirdly infectious debut that mixes his rap-track know-how with his love of guitar-god theatrics. (Think ''Beat It,'' not Limp Bizkit.) In the City never veers too far from the stadium-ready sound of ''Let It Rock,'' Rudolf's top 10 collaboration with rapper Lil Wayne. But what use is subtlety when you're banging your head? B+

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Originally posted Nov 19, 2008 Published in issue #1023 Nov 28, 2008 Order article reprints