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Jean Grae, Cookies Or Comas

Femme fatale Jean Grae has for years captivated audiences with her slick rhymes and New York-bred style. Now, the eccentric Blacksmith emcee has returned with her first project in three years, the Gangsta Grillz special Cookies Or Comas.

Anchored by DJ Drama, the tape finds the artist formerly known as What What? showing she hasn’t lost a step since 2008’s Jeanius, getting back to business on the halfway crook-bashing opener “Casebaskets,” where she spits, “Your clique is fools, fuckin’ with clowns and jigaboos/I’m sick of buffoons, fuck it; sick of thinking of goons.” Next, she teams up with Talib Kweli and Styles P over the throwback-era bassline of “RIP,” before gaining a retrospect for life on the poignant “Imagine.”

Often regarded as one of the best females to ever bless a microphone, Jean easily holds her own when riding with her lyrically dense male counterparts, like during the headbanger “Assassins” with Royce Da 5’9” and Pharoahe Monch, as well as on the hypnotic “Uh-Oh” with Kweli. While the mixtape lulls at times on cuts like “I Rock On” and “Jeanie Rules,” Cookies Or Comas is a satisfying appetizer to her main course, which we hope will be served sooner than later. —Meka Udoh

  • http://K1ngEljay.com K1ng Eljay

    This makes no sense. It’s a great review, but she only gets an L? There’s nothing negative said, but it gets a rating reserved for fractured projects?

    I just need some clarification.

    • Rah

      the reason why she got this grade is because XXL is sexist

  • J

    Cookies or Comas was crazy! It definitely deserved more than an “L” rating… Guess she has to dumb it down and have more mainstream production to get a XL or XXL.. smh

  • teddy

    xxl ratings suck they dont know what their doing they just give everything xl even when albums or tapes clearly arnt in the same league give shit thats not xxl a xxl and i their affraid to give M,s and S,s i dont think iv ever seen some and we all know there are certain projects that deserve M’s or S’s ur ratings mean nothing when everything is XL theres no comparitive

  • negril

    WTF an L ? Really ? The mixtape is bananas and Jean Greasy is monster. Step your ratings game up.

  • http://xxlmag.com yunggee

    dis shit def deserved more then n L.. dis shit was mad tuff…

  • kidnothing1

    WTF???? XXL is so lame these days. I’m starting to think these dudes are sexist cause Rapsody went pretty hard on her cd too and they gave it a L. Jean Grae is ridiculous , and this was an XL

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  • Rah

    FUCK XXL there sexist.theyll never give a women anXL and definetly not a XXL.Jean Grea as well as rapsody are better then most of the male rappers out 2day.but they give lil waynes garbage lyrics an XL 4 sorry 4 the wait.I am no longer buying there magazines ever agin. FUCK YOU XXL