For Salt-N-Pepa’s first single in four years, the queens of the female rap scene appear to be studying the competition a bit too closely — ”R U Ready” resembles Foxy Brown’s smash ”I’ll Be” in more than a few ways, from the instrumental hook and mid-tempo groove down to the male-rap cameo. It’s hard to resist their good-timey strut, though: When they chant, ”Everybody make way/party people comin’ through,” you obey gladly. B
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