Jody Rosen
December 27, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Me, Myself & I

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Fat Joe
Producers
Virgin Records
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a C

Once regarded as the Bronx’s fiercest battle-rhymer, Fat Joe has become a — pardon the expression — bloated caricature, spouting gangsta clichés over pro forma beats. The rapper’s seventh album, Me, Myself & I, is shrill, dreary, and trend-conscious, with formulaic boasts and production flourishes borrowed from Houston (”Clap & Revolve”). The record is almost redeemed by two cameos from the brilliant Lil Wayne, who packs more wit into one couplet than you’ll hear on a dozen Fat Joe songs. If only Joe’s CD had less of he, himself, and him.

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