Born to Reign "Time off to be an Oscar nominee/Now it's back to the M-I-C!" Detractors might append that couplet with a "...k-e-y M-o-u-s-e." But Smith's third post-Jazzy… Born to Reign "Time off to be an Oscar nominee/Now it's back to the M-I-C!" Detractors might append that couplet with a "...k-e-y M-o-u-s-e." But Smith's third post-Jazzy… 2002-06-25 Will Smith Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Born to Reign (2002)

Will Smith | WHEN THERE'S A WILL...there's an album of rap for the Disney set
WHEN THERE'S A WILL...there's an album of rap for the Disney set
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 25, 2002; Lead Performance: Will Smith; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

''Time off to be an Oscar nominee/Now it's back to the M-I-C!'' Detractors might append that couplet with a ''...k-e-y M-o-u-s-e.'' But Smith's third post-Jazzy Jeff album, Born to Reign, is perfectly pleasant -- if somewhat jiggy-deficient -- Radio Disney-friendly rap. R&B crooner Tra-Knox commandeers the choruses way too often, but Mrs. Smith displays surprisingly sweet pipes on the couple's agreeably self-involved duet, ''1,000 Kisses.''

Originally posted Jun 24, 2002 Published in issue #660-661 Jun 28, 2002 Order article reprints
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