In Brief

Anchored by hip-pop star Nelly, this St. Louis collective fails to build on the playfully addictive, party-centric music its mentor rode to the top of the pop charts. Instead, the Lunatics present themselves as bitter gangster rappers with little lyrical imagination. Their sense of struggle seems out of place considering Nelly's superstar status. Furthermore, the innovative beats backing Nelly have been replaced by lackluster production.

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