In the City

This Miami Beach multi-instrumentalist made his bones playing on and producing records by David Banner and the Black Eyed Peas. Like Timbaland and the Neptunes before him, though, Rudolf’s behind-the-scenes work only whetted his limelight appetite, so here he steps out with a weirdly infectious debut that mixes his rap-track know-how with his love of guitar-god theatrics. (Think ”Beat It,” not Limp Bizkit.) In the City never veers too far from the stadium-ready sound of ”Let It Rock,” Rudolf’s top 10 collaboration with rapper Lil Wayne. But what use is subtlety when you’re banging your head? B+

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In the City
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