Mary J. Blige may be the queen of hip-hop soul but MCA labelmate Jaguar Wright makes a strong case to be included in that court with her debut, Denials, Delusions & Decisions.

Mary J. Blige may be the queen of hip-hop soul but MCA labelmate Jaguar Wright makes a strong case to be included in that court with her debut, Denials, Delusions & Decisions. Wright, who made a name for herself guesting with the Roots, offers a unique blend of streetwise hip-hop attitude and classic soul on this winning set. The Philadelphia native's first offering, "I Can't Wait," featuring Bilal, is a torrid affair. "Ain't Nobody Playin' " featuring Roots' frontman Black Thought, is an equally passionate number, although this time the singer/songwriter is laying down the law to a disrespectful friend. Wright, who also leans toward more traditional R&B fare with tracks like "Stay" and "The Country Song," ably covers Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You," which is no small feat. Denials, Delusions & Decisions introduces a fresh voice to the world of R&B. All hail the princess of hip-hop soul.—RH