Pastor Troy, 'Tool Muziq' (SMC)

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Tool Muziq
Critical Mass
Label: SMC

by Thomas Golianopoulos

Crunk is all about the payoff -- blaring, riotous beats building to a chant-worthy chorus. Pastor Troy, the Atlanta rapper known for his 2002 Timbaland-assisted single "Are We Cuttin'," only has half that equation down. Intense energy: Check. Memorable hooks: Not so much. "Hard for the Money" awkwardly contorts the Donna Summer original into a tired stripper ode. But Troy does possess a cutting wit -- "How it feel not to have a thing / From ATL but you blame it on the hurricane?" he spits on "No Money." And he does hint at (secondhand) pathos on "Hey Mama," a letter from jail that's a rewrite of 2Pac's "Dear Mama."

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