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Chingy, ‘Hoodstar’ (Capitol)

Despite Chingy’s love for sneakers, freaky girls, and packed dance floors, the most memorable songs on his third album are decidedly buzz killers: “Pullin’ Me Back” is a gloomy breaking-up-is- hard-to-do anthem crafted by superproducer Jermaine Dupri, and on the surprisingly candid “Cadillac Door,” the St. Louis rapper laments lost friends. Of course, sandwiched between the two is the more familiar “Dem Jeans,” an ode to, yup, women in tight jeans.

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