February 06, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B+

A Rose Is Still a Rose” doesn’t match the soulful finesse of ”Spanish Harlem,” but when Lady Soul sings about a rose, something divine happens. Writer-producer Lauryn Hill of the Fugees wisely provides Franklin with enough hip-hop momentum to lure the Puff Daddy crowd without catering to them. Even after a dozen listens, the song’s it’s-his-problem-not-yours message doesn’t lose its bloom. B+

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