Picks and Pans Review: Jay-Z and R. Kelly

UPDATED 11/15/2004 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/15/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

R&B/RAP

Unfinished Business

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When R&B star R. Kelly and hip-hop heavyweight Jay-Z united to make 2002's The Best of Both Worlds, it failed to bring out the best in either artist. The titans, who are currently sharing the stage on the Best of Both Worlds Tour, seemed to be coasting on their multiplatinum reps rather than pushing each other to bring the real heat. On Unfinished Business, their second full-length collaboration, the two are once again on cruise control. You can almost imagine them in the studio comparing their bling-bling and passing the Cristal between takes—that is, if they were even in the studio at the same time for some of these cuts. A couple of these tracks just rehash songs from The Best of Both Worlds: "She's Coming Home with Me" simply reworks "Somebody's Girl," and "Mo'Money" (featuring guest emcee Twista) is a remix of "Get This Money." Still, there is a ghetto-fabulous party vibe to the disc, with tracks like the club come-on "Pretty Girls" and "Big Chips," a lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous jam that feels like a sequel to Jay-Z's 2000 player anthem "Big Pimpin'." —C.A.

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