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Hurricane Chris
51/50 Ratchet

POLO GROUNDS/J With the ringtone-rap era in full new-jack swing, it’s easy to classify Hurricane Chris as just another disposable Southern MC—mainly because of his simplified breakout hit “A Bay Bay,” which is long on woozy, head-nodding production but short on lyrics. But unlike his downloadable peers, the baby-faced rapper proves to be more than just a one-hit wonder on his surprisingly well-rounded debut, 51/50 Ratchet. On the aggressive “Do Something,” with its slow pace and double-time drums, Hurricane reveals the small-town paranoia of his Shreveport, La., hood. Likewise, the Phunk Dawg–produced “Leaving You” is a lucid track about love lost, ...

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