FALL ALBUMS : In Brief : ** Q.D. III, “Soundlab,” Qwest.
The son of super-producer Quincy Jones seems more influenced by the Ice Cubes, N.W.A’s and Ice-T’s of the world than by his own world-famous dad. There is an undeniable studio polish to his debut album, but it’s mostly filled with generic gangsta-rap that singer Regina Taplin manages to enliven with her steeped-in-soul vocals on “I Need.”
Four asterisks: excellent; three stars, good; two stars, fair; one star: poor.