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DJ Drama: Quality Street Music 2 *

Album Notes

Four years passed before Drama released the sequel to Quality Street Music, a period long enough to provoke the DJ to joke about his perceived absence in "Intro." He hands off the track to Lil Wayne, who with controlled rage completes the lone track on which only one vocalist appears. There's a duo or crew on everything else, a batch of variable-grade tracks filled with routine flexing and woman chasing, the latter on full display in hit slow jam "Wishing," fronted by Chris Brown. Drama assembles a just as mixed assortment of producers, but the star power is primarily in the voices. Highlights tend to come from the less commercial artists -- Young Life, Freddie Gibbs, and Dave East on the grim "Body for My Zipcode," and Atlanta duo WDNG Crshrs on the loping Cannon beat "Audible." Cut due to what Drama referred to as "some legal stuff," the sobering "Boyz in the Hood," featuring Meek, Pusha T, and top-form Ty Dolla $ign, would have added some needed depth to the album. ~ Andy Kellman


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