Has it actually made him a better MC, though? The B.Coming sounds A-mazing; its deep, rich grooves might even represent the epitome of the sped-up soul-sample gimmick that's become Bean's trademark. But the guy on top of those beats remains the same forceful, yet limited rhymer; the real genius of "Feel It in the Air," for example, is the resurrected Heavy D's production, thick with paranoid atmosphere the verses don't quite nail. And then Beanie drops a "short-temper-with-a-long-gun" snoozer like "Flatline," and you start to understand a later couplet: "It's like the man upstairs tryin' to pass me a lesson/But I can't catch him."
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