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Baby Jaymes Ghetto Retro

This is the kind of album you almost want to keep to yourself and not tell anybody about, like it‘s your little secret. Except, it‘s so good-original, funky, nasty, and surprisingly poignant in spots-you‘ll want to share it with someone special, and then they‘ll know too. In any event, Baby Jaymes is a hip-hop generation throwback to the days when you just weren‘t hip if you didn‘t have a stack of soul 45s under your arm at all times. The diminutive phenomenon is an honest-to-god soul singer from the ‘hood who seemingly longs for the chitlin circuit, but is comfortable doing duets with turf stars like Keak Da Sneak and Balance. Provocative album cuts like "Black Girl/White Girl," "Nasty R&B," and "Miss Ghetto" have earned Jaymes comparisons to Prince, and, for once, you can believe the hype.

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