Making a naked appeal to all hip-hop's geographic constituencies is hardly a new idea (Cleveland's Ray Cash did it last year on "Bumpin' My Music"), but MIMS' No. 1 "This Is Why I'm Hot" embodies all his intriguing contradictions. It embodies them so well, in fact, that the rest of the album -- which sports the catchy hooks and lackadaisical verses common to latter-day N.Y.C. rap -- suffers by comparison. But don't overlook "Doctor, Doctor," which suggest a better future for MIMS -- and for hip-hop. "Doc hold up/I'm just scratching the surface," he implores. Perhaps -- but next time he's gotta scratch a little harder.
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