In fairness, the former Hot Boy and Cash Money figurehead -- who "lost it all in Katrina" -- has more room to beef than most. But the reality checked most often on his Atlantic debut is of a different variety: specifically, the reality of a landscape in which the crunk sound Juvenile helped pioneer has become dominant. To adapt, he's taken a cue from the Ying Yang Twins' "Wait" and softened his come-ons; "Rodeo" and the Brian McKnight duet "Addicted" make the invitation to shake that azz as romantic as possible. Familiar Mannie Fresh productions add continuity, but new collaborators like Cool & Dre (who provide the double-fisted beat of "Break a Brick Down") give Juve's usual tales of street reality the relevance his political commentary lacks.
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