By Soren Baker
Updated July 27, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

The second installment in the ”Violator” series includes acts on the label’s roster (LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes) as well as assorted A-list friends such as Ludacris and Kurupt. A toned-down Rhymes near-whispers on the delightfully simple ”What It Is,” while gangsta overlord Noreaga blasts foes on the brash ”Grimey.” It’s an animated family affair, supercharged with intensity.

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