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In Brief

** 1/2 Various artists, “Whiteboys” soundtrack, Offline/TVT Soundtrax. Many of the songs actually have something to do with the racially charged comedy about rap wannabes--a rarity for hip-hop-based soundtracks. Still, a number of marginal cuts appear, including a disappointing offering from Big Punisher and a forced effort from Canibus. Strong work from Raekwon, DJ Hurricane and Do or Die anchors the uneven, in-your-face collection.

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Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are already released unless otherwise noted.


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