Fat Joe, "Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E. 2)"

Album Review
4

Fat Joe's lyrical flow has never been groundbreaking, but on his ninth studio album, "Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E. 2)," the Bronx-bred rapper again proves that he's got a knack for infectious beats. Take for example the flirty "Winding on Me" (featuring Lil Wayne and producer Ron Browz), with its slow-paced, slinky production infused with erratic drums. On the boastful "Aloha" (starring Pleasure P and Rico Love), Fat Joe brags over muffled snares and synthesizers about being "super duper fly" and how he "parties up at Diddy's house." Meanwhile, with its static piano and drum pattern, "Congratulations" can compete with any R. Kelly step track; "Ice Cream" (alongside celebrated rapper Raekwon) gives a nod to the mesmeric Johnson, Moll & King song of the same title; and the electric guitar-heavy "Joey Don't Do It" adds an element of rock'n'roll to the set.-Mariel Concepcion