By Raymond Fiore
Updated April 25, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Just as this Houston MC rhymes that his ”pockets stick out more than my belly” on the organ-laced Jeep jumper ”Back Then,” the self-proclaimed ”chubby” rapper also sticks out among his crunkalicious contemporaries on Who is Mike Jones?. At least on the first half of his 15-track debut. Jones has a hefty presence — complete with slurred growl and creepy altered-bass voice effects — and it shines through early on. But at the halfway point, the materialistic shout-outs start sounding tired and the beats prove inferior. Guess Jones isn’t the only one who’s carrying a little extra weight. First half: B
Second half: C-