The pretty-boy rapper is just as much a staple of hip-hop as the thug MC. Following in the former tradition is Bad Boy's Loon.

The pretty-boy rapper is just as much a staple of hip-hop as the thug MC. Following in the former tradition is Bad Boy's Loon. After scoring success with P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl (Part One)" and "I Need a Girl (Part Two)," the Harlem, N.Y., native finds the spotlight with his self-titled debut. Lead single "How You Want That" is an appropriate introduction. Featuring Kelis, the Yogi-produced track, which is both infectious and bass-heavy, serves as a fine backdrop to Loon's sexually charged romp. The rapper shows his softer side with "Down for Me" (featuring Mario Winans), which ironically—or not—is very reminiscent of both versions of "I Need a Girl." Filled with more tales of wild nights and wilder women, the album is a fitting debut from a "bad boy" like Loon.—RH