Destined to Be

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While it occasionally suffers from clich├ęd songwriting and undistinguished production, McGruff's debut album Destined to Be is nevertheless a promising effort from the young rapper. McGruff is a little more pop-oriented than many of his peers, as evidenced by his association with Heavy D, but he retains a slightly gritty edge, thanks in part to cameos by the likes of Cam'ron, Big L and the LOX. When he can harness street-smart rhythms with slick hooks, as on the single "Before We Start," McGruff hits hard and there are just enough of these moments to make Destined to Be a promising debut.

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