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REVIEW: Jim Jones, Pray IV Reign

Jim Jones Pray IV Reign (Diplomats/Columbia) Forget Terrence Howard—Jim Jones’s life story should be titled Hustle & Flow. The Diplomats’ de facto front man grinded his way from street corners to corner offices and from background muscle to front-page glory. With an ever-improving string of albums—2004’s On My Way to Church, 2005’s Harlem: Diary of a Summer and the almost-gold Hustler’s P.O.M.E., in 2006—Jimmy’s rhymes are finally paying dividends, too. Following 2006’s larger-than-life single “We Fly High,” Capo silenced skeptics with yet another club concoction, “Pop Champagne.” Now the indie king rides the Auto-Tune-powered anthem to the big leagues with his major-label debut, ...

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