November 07, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a C

IMANI COPPOLA Chupacabra (Columbia) Coppola’s ”Legend of a Cowgirl” works the best equestrian metaphors for sex since Ginuwine’s ”Pony”; unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets on her debut album. A singer-songwriter for the hip-hop age, Coppola’s folk-rapping forges the missing link between Missy Elliott and Bob Dylan, which results in a forced eclec- ticism. Then again, what did you expect from someone who titles her album with a Spanish term for ”goat sucker”? C

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