Philly's Most

Ring the Alarm

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Neptunes followers can stop reading right now. Philly's Most Wanted's second album proves that no particular assistance, whether from a production standpoint or through guest MC appearances, can vault the duo above the line of mediocrity. Since their Neptunes-produced debut, 2001's Get Down or Lay Down, neither Mr. Man nor Boo-Bonic have made significant strides as MCs -- their words leave nothing to hang on, and their low-wattage deliveries all but refuse to maintain your attention. If you were to receive a dime for every stolen cadence and every clunky line containing "like a" or "than a," you'd be able to afford a substance strong enough to help erase your memory of listening to them. It's telling that Universal affixed a sticker announcing "new low price" before shipping off the initial copies.

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