Steven Chen
July 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Not one for thematic range roving or genre bending, Jadakiss sticks fiercely to guns and ego on his latest. The one time he does diverge, he reveals a surprisingly thoughtful side: ”Why” is a set of near-earnest rhetorical questions about everything from Kobe Bryant to 9/11. ”Kiss,” which includes a cameo by Eminem, doesn’t astound, but Jada flexes impressive muscles as he grinds his heels into a well-trodden dance floor.

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