Poison Clan

Ruff Town Behavior

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Poison Clan's most popular singles -- "Dance All Night," "Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya" -- and their affiliations with Luther Campbell have often left them pegged as Miami bass, a notion that would've been blown apart if more attention had been paid to the albums and the vast majority of songs not featuring group call-and-response vocals. Ruff Town Behavior, J.T. Money and company's third album for Campbell's label, is no exception. Released a year after Poisonous Mentality, the album is little more than a continuation of its predecessor and isn't nearly as exciting. It's not that J.T. seems tired, but it's definitely apparent that he's spreading himself too thin by putting out too much material. Few tracks have the bite of Poisonous Mentality's middling moments, and the fact that it's formatted almost exactly like that album (one or two full songs broken up by minute-long jokes and interludes, for over an hour) makes it all but impossible to be compared to it. Even "Put Shit Pass No Ho," the album's top highlight, jacks the beat from Ice Cube's "The Nigga Ya Love to Hate"; J.T.'s flow on the track even resembles Ice Cube's, showing the album's shortage of new ideas. This is a holding-pattern record, plain and simple.

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