By Margeaux Watson
May 16, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

534

C

You know a rapper’s future is in trouble when he gets arrested for a bar brawl two weeks before his CD drops, and hardly anyone notices — or cares. The only thing more embarrassing for Brooklyn’s Memphis Bleek on 534 is that he’s absent from his fourth CD’s finest track, ”Dear Summer,” a Just Blaze-produced hip-hop/soul jam that finds Jay-Z passing the torch to his consistently unimaginative apprentice before leaving him to limp across an uneven mix of contrived party songs and well-produced yet lyrically insipid street tales.

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