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*** BLACKSTREET, "Another Level," Interscope. A loose-jointed funk exercise that expands on the group's burgeoning R&B; presence. With rap input from Dr. Dre, "No Diggity" is definitely one of the year's most delectable dance singles.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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