Picks and Pans Review: On His Second CD

updated 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT


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K'naan Also Recalls the Struggles in His Motherland, Acting as a "Visual Stenographer" with Vivid Lyrics That Are Both Rapped and Sung. He's Just as Versatile Stylistically, Going from Hard-Hitting Reggae ("I Come Prepared" with Damian Marley) and headbanging rock ("If Rap Gets Jealous" with Metallica shredder Kirk Hammett) to OutKast-meets-Maroon5 hip-pop ("Bang Bang" with Adam Levine).

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