Raw and Uncut

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Free of Cash Money Records, Turk didn't wait long before hooking up with Koch Records for Raw and Uncut, his first venture into the (truly) solo arena. His previous album, Young and Thuggin' (2001), had been billed as a solo effort, but of course, no Cash Money album is truly a solo album -- Cash Money is very much an enterprise, led by do-everything producer Mannie Fresh and a gang of rappers to fill in the gaps. Raw and Uncut lacks that support, sorely. Turk works mainly with Kenoe, a rapper/producer who is billed as executive producer and who produces roughly half the album, rapping on a few tracks. The partnership seems tight, but it certainly doesn't result in the sort of catchy street anthems that Cash Money had churned out year after year. What it does result in is a run-of-the-mill Dirty South album with little to differentiate it from the myriad others flooding the market during the early 2000s. Surely former Cash Money fans will enjoy hearing Turk again, and perhaps find his showcased sense of maturity interesting, but that's about the extent of this album's appeal. If you want Cash Money-style rap, stick with Cash Money (there's a bounty of those albums), because Raw and Uncut pales in comparison overall. It's not so much Turk's fault as it is his lack of support. He could use some help on Raw and Uncut.

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