The Darkside Volume 1 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 Darkside Volume 1 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… 2010-07-27 Fat Joe Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The Darkside Volume 1 (2010)

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EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 27, 2010; Lead Performance: Fat Joe; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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 Jul 21, 2010 Published in issue #1113 Jul 30, 2010 Order article reprints
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