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posted: 10/4/2012 4:00 PM

Rapper Kreayshawn's debut is fairly empty

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  • Kreayshawn,"Somethin 'Bout Kreay"

      Kreayshawn,"Somethin 'Bout Kreay"

 
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Kreayshawn, "Somethin 'Bout Kreay"' (Columbia Records)

It's unfortunate that the beats throughout Kreayshawn's debut album are brilliant, but her lyrics and stories are not.

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"Somethin 'Bout Kreay"' features top-notch production work from Free School, Diplo, Boys Noize and DJ Two Stacks -- and these beats would be another rapper's dream. But Kreayshawn, the charismatic 22-year-old newcomer, doesn't use them well: While she's playful throughout the album, there is no depth to her rhymes.

"Gucci, Gucci" has a catchy hook, but the overall song about her disregard for designer brands is annoyingly repetitive. The uneven "Left Ey3," about a deceitful boyfriend, references TLC's Left Eye, who burned down her boyfriend's house. She also raps on the song: "Heard my man is cheating with another (girl) in my house, now I'm finna make a scene like I'm Amy Winehouse." REALLY? Try again.

Kreayshawn tries singing on "luV Haus," but the drowning track is uneventful. This album will leave you asking: Foxy Brown and Missy Elliott, when will your records be released?

Check this out: "Summertime," with its smooth feel, is the best of this bunch.

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