Picks and Pans Review: U Gotta Feel Me

UPDATED 05/10/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/10/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

Lil' Flip

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His name may be Lil' Flip, but this Houston-based rapper thinks big. For his third release, the emcee (real name: Wesley Weston) drops an ambitious double disc with over 86 minutes of music. However, bigger isn't always better, and, minus some of the weaker tracks, this spotty set would have made a stronger single CD. Disc 1 is superior, with its mix of party songs ("Bounce"), R&B-flavored jams ("Sunshine") and street anthems ("I Came to Bring the Pain," featuring Ludacris). Best is the fun, futuristic first single "Game Over (Flip)," which uses bleeping beats from the '80s video game Pac Man as Lil' Flip boasts, "You just the opening act/ But I'm the headliner." Disc 2, though, finds Lil' Flip running out of fresh ideas and packing on filler such as the tired club cut "Throw Up Yo' Hood" and a remix of "Dem Boyz," the original version of which is featured on Disc 1.

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