The new additions -- female rapper Remy Martin and singer Tony Sunshine -- elevate True Story above the gangsta rabble. Their collaboration on the summery soul jam "Streets of New York" may be too soft for said streets, but is the disc's undisputed high point, and their playfulness leavens Joe's frequent melodramatic breast-beating. His own grimy tales, though, are at least more imaginative than those of journeyman holdovers Prospect and Armageddon. Burying their boasts behind the rich, R&B-soaked beats makes the album play more like a Fat Joe solo joint produced by Roc-A-Fella -- neither terrifying nor essential, but certainly a fleeting summer pleasure.
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