LIL’ ROMEO Lil’ Romeo (Freeworld/Priority) Master P’s 11-year-old son enters the rap game with his debut, featuring a duet with fellow grade-school MC Lil’ Bow Wow.
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD Box Set (Atco/Elektra/Rhino) Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Rhino turns you on to four CDs of the old folkies’ originals and remixes.
VARIOUS ARTISTS A.I. soundtrack (Warner Bros.) Film scorer John Williams (The Patriot, Jaws) composed the music for the Steven Spielberg sci-fi flick.
VARIOUS ARTISTS MTV’s 20 Years of Pop Music (Maverick) Network faves like Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Backstreet Boys pop-ulate this set.
GIMME FIVE CHOICE CUTS FOR YOUR MIX TAPE
BUDDY GUY “Baby Please Don’t Leave Me” (Sweet Tea) Seven and a half minutes of blues falling like hail, with concurrent thunder, lightning, and hydrogen bombs.
THE BICYCLE THIEF “Max, Jill Called” (You Come and Go Like a Pop Song) A tuneful lesson in adapting to the clean and sober life, from a teacher with tenure.
THE GREENHORNES “Stay Away Girl” (The Greenhornes) Perhaps the most heartfelt declaration of non-love since Fats Waller’s “Your Feet’s Too Big.”
WIMPLE WINCH “Save My Soul” (from Nuggets II) Dunno what a wimple winch is, but it sure ain’t wimpy.
THE HENTCHMEN “Accusatory” (Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit compilation) “You know that girl I got is accusatory/Everything I do or say, she doesn’t buy the story.” Talk about it, bro.