Released: Aug 2008
Label: Def Jam
Teenage pop-R&B songstress and Jay-Z protege Karina Pasian comes off as big and tough on "90's Baby," the opening track to her debut album, but don't let that fool you: the Washington Heights native still wears her good-girl heart on her sleeve. The versatile First Love showcases her wise-beyond-its-years piano-driven soul at its best. "16 at War" won't take no mess from the opposite sex. "Baby Baby," featuring Lil Mama, swaggers like a young Mary J. Blige, and "Can't Find the Words" is reminiscent of Alicia Keys -- but with a more saccharine touch.