R. Kelly and Jay-Z: Theo Wargo/WireImage.com
November 12, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Unfinished Business

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jay Z, R Kelly
Producers
Def Jam, Jive Records, Roc-A-Fella, Rockland
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

Their first quest to crash the charts, Unfinished Business, was stymied by R. Kelly’s nascent legal woes in 2002, hence the title of this formulaic bore of an album, which sees both performers shamelessly banking on their marquee names. Over soulless Track Masters-supplied party beats, Kelly croons insipid verses (he rhymes ”MTV” with ”BET” twice). Jay-Z also disappoints with dumbed-down lyrics that belie his true talents. For best results, listen to these modern marvels separately.

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