M.A.D.E. It's been years since Jay-Z pegged Memphis Bleek as the successor to his Roc-A-Fella dynasty. You'd think Bleek'd be ready by now. But rather than… M.A.D.E. It's been years since Jay-Z pegged Memphis Bleek as the successor to his Roc-A-Fella dynasty. You'd think Bleek'd be ready by now. But rather than… 2003-12-16 Memphis Bleek
Music Review

M.A.D.E (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Dec 16, 2003; Lead Performance: Memphis Bleek

It's been years since Jay-Z pegged Memphis Bleek as the successor to his Roc-A-Fella dynasty. You'd think Bleek'd be ready by now. But rather than exhibiting anything resembling his mentor's lyrical finesse, the puerile playboy traffics in played-out Mafia cliches and oddly heterophobic philosophy like ''You hardly ever see me lovin' a ho/I tell a bitch I'm in love with my dough.'' Just Blaze, one of the CD's many producers, buoys the set with noteworthy beats, but it's not enough to mask the sound of an empire crumbling.

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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