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Jim Jones, ‘Hustler’s P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)’ (Diplomat/Koch)

This MC “capo” of Cam’ron’s Harlem-based Diplomats clique constantly fills the usual empty space between bars with loony catchphrases (“Fly with the stars / G4 flights, 80 grand large”), and these flamboyant ad-libs almost overshadow his competent, if overlong, third solo album. Jones generally abandons Dipset’s signature sped-up soul samples, and his husky vocals sound immense and commanding over dark, cinematic organs (“Reppin’ Time”) and even formulaic club tracks (“Get It Poppin'”).

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