S. Tia Brown
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With her sophomore effort, Meet the Girl Next Door, Lil’ Mo solidifies her brand — a hybrid of street sassiness and mature lyrics set to waist-swaying melodies. The new wife and mother soulfully belts misty-eyed ballads and R&B remakes without resorting to cliches and slang to express her take on love. Guests Fabolous and Lil’ Kim provide enough rough edges to keep Mo hardcore. When this girl knocks, answer.

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