Pray IV Reign (2009) Jim Jones has mounted a relentless campaign in recent years to get his rapping taken as seriously as his business savvy. Those efforts finally pay… 2009-03-24 Jim Jones Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Pray IV Reign (2009)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Mar 24, 2009; Lead Performance: Jim Jones; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Jim Jones has mounted a relentless campaign in recent years to get his rapping taken as seriously as his business savvy. Those efforts finally pay off, to some degree, on his fourth album, Pray IV Reign, whose lyrics are more developed than those on his nursery-rhyme-level 2006 hit, ''We Fly High.'' Even so, these songs are still full of crude misogyny and tired concepts. Give Jones points for honing his craft, but he's got a long way to go. C+

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Originally posted Mar 25, 2009 Published in issue #1041 Apr 03, 2009 Order article reprints