Da Villain in Black

by: MC Ren

MC Ren's solo career has suffered from an over-reliance on gangsta rap clichés, and his second full-length album, Da Villain in Black, is no exception. Working with Above the Law's Cold 187um, Ren has constructed an album that doesn't deviate from clichéd G-funk grooves. Furthermore, Ren hasn't come up with lyrics to match his first two solo records, let alone those of Dre, Ice Cube, or Eazy-E. Relying on profanity instead of insight, the half-hearted raps sadly fit the unimaginative music perfectly. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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