Hip-hop fans' first peek at Rufus Blaq's credentials came with his contributions to the RIDE and PLAYER'S CLUB soundtracks. These cuts gave folks a pretty good idea of what to expect from his debut; a blunt-smokin', trash-talkin' hustler with a laconic rapping style, who'd rather do the nasty than bust a cap. It's Blaq's underplayed delivery that keeps even the most lyrically extreme tracks on CREDENTIALS from sounding over-the-top. The sample sources for the songs come from far and wide; "Make It Hot" undoubtedly achieves a first, sampling Yes's "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Elsewhere, there are borrowings from Blondie, Grover Washington, Jr. and others. For those into the overheated antics of artists like R. Kelly, Blaq knows how to get downright lascivious, both in the songs and in the graphic spoken interludes, which detail his private habits in no uncertain terms.
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