By Craig Seymour
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:00 AM EDT
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This Ain't a Game

B+
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  • Music

Brandy’s little brother Ray-J matures nicely on this sophomore set, with production by R&B hotshots Rodney Jerkins and the Neptunes. The singing/acting biz kid, who evokes Bobby Brown and ”Off the Wall”-era Jacko, sounds surprisingly credible on the hard-knock-life odes ”Out the Ghetto” and ”Wait a Minute.” The latter succeeds as a sort of hip-hop-soul update of the Bee Gees’ ”Stayin’ Alive.”

This Ain't a Game

type
  • Music

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