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Lyfe 268-192 by Lyfe Jennings
Released: Aug 2004
Label: Sony Urban Music/Columbia
The story Lyfe tells on his debut is a doozy. He falls in love with a neighborhood flame ("The Way I Feel About You"), and when they break up ("Smile"), she goes after him for child support ("Greedy"). He tries to play "Stick Up Kid," but lands in prison ("Cry"), where he finds God and redemption ("26 Years, 17 Days"). Jennings' raspy voice is full of watery vibrato and melisma, and the production seems too slick for his hard-luck tale. Or maybe it's appropriate since the former real-life convict aspires to better things. As he sings on hit single "Must Be Nice," "A thug has feelings, too."
Mosi Reeves
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