*** 1/2 MC Eiht, "We Come Strapped," Epic Street. The innovative music--featuring the silky synthesizer sound of '70s R&B--helps; separate this from the rest of the gangsta-rap pack. So does Eiht's dramatic rapping, which adds a genuinely sinister quality to such songs as "Take 2 With Me." The fourth solo album by overlooked Eiht (a member of Compton's Most Wanted) is arguably the best of the year so far in the gangsta genre.
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