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Miami Diva Returns
on August 27, 2002
When this pint-sized Miami diva stepped onto the scene guesting on Trick Daddy's smash single "Nann", nobody could have expected she would blow up into a huge star. After the single took off, Trina's debut album was Slip-N-Slide Records top priority. After the album hit stores and went gold Trina's carrer continued to take off. On her debut album her lyrics and flow where below average, but on collaborations following the album she proved she was a powerful force in female rap music. After recording tracks with Cam'ron, Missy Elliott, Ludacris, & Foxy Brown, being featured on the cover of the Source & articles in Vibe, & performing live at the MTV Video Music Awards, I was hopeing this album would be strong.
The album is easily better then the first, and at times what I was expecting. Instead of bringing it hard on every song like her post-debut collabos, she resorts to turning in a [poor] performance like her debut. With lyrics that would make Lil' Kim & Foxy Brown blush, its clear that Trina continues to be the most risque female in the game. The album's first single "No Panties" featuring RnB new-comer Tweet, has all the slickness needed for radio airplay, and so does the rest of the album. She has completly abandoned her southern hospitality style of club tunes to replace them with radio friendly pop tracks in an effort to further her into the mainstream. On top of all that the album is flooded with guest appearences including Ludacris, Eve, Missy Elliott, Fabolous, Bathgate & others. Only 5 solo song on a 17 track album. Thats a shame, but in her defense its a sign of the times.
"Rewind that Back" featuring Missy Elliott is some-what reggae influenced, but I don't even know why they tried this because neither artist can pull it off, and let it be said now I hate Missy. The Ludacris collaborated "B R Right" is pure fire and is an excellent club track. The album's worst track though is easily "Kandi" featuring Lil Breanna - Trina's female version of Lil Romeo. The previously released "Told Ya'll" is a hot track and features a promosing new southern artist Rick Ross. The always stellar Fabolous breezes through his cameo easily out performing Trina and turning in the best material on the album. I don't like how Trina address herself playing someone else on the first verse of "You & Me", but the sample is amazing. The album is basically flooded with mediocre tracks, for example "Ladies First" (Featuring Eve), "Do You Want Me" (Featuring Bathgate), "I Wanna Holla" (Featuring Duece Poppi) & "Get This Money". On top of all that 3 of the album's 17 tracks are pointless interludes, what has become a hip hop fixture.
The album isn't outstanding, but many people will end up liking this. The album lacks so much substance because lyrically she is very limited to subjects. However she stepped her flow up and there I will give her credit. The album is pretty good for the beats & collabos, and in some songs (definetly not all), she proves that lyrically she maybe strong enough to stick around in the future and get noticed for talent, instead of her obvious sex appeal. I know for a fact that the album will sell because sex sells, and it has to be said that the album cover is absolutely amazing and is easily the best this year =). Trina earned her 3 stars this time.