Picks and Pans Review: Firestarr

updated 02/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fredro Starr (In the Paint/Koch)

Rapper-turned-teen-screen-heartthrob Starr broke in with the bombastic Queens hip-hop act Onyx. Since the group's 1995 hiatus Starr has parlayed his undeniable charisma into an acting career with a recurring role on the hit series Moesha as the love interest of another music-tube crossover star, Brandy. And now, after small supporting roles in films like Clockers and Strapped, Starr has struck box office gold as a costar in the current teen smash Save the Last Dance. (His take here on Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" also appears on the hit soundtrack.) Unfortunately Starr's debut solo CD has no such crossover charm. Instead, this profanity-laced and often mean-spirited disc is filled with B-grade gangsta rap extolling the gun-toting thug life.

Bottom Line: More heat than light

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