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Various Artists Fat Beats Volume 3

This Fat Beats volume boasts some big-name talent: Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Just Ice. Unfortunately, the A-list talent has turned in C-list material. While it's not a wack song, Kane's collaboration with DJ Premier is about 10 years too late, and Just Ice, sadly, must add his name to the list of old-schoolers whose comebacks didn't work. There are bright spots to be found-see J-Zone's biting NBA sum-up "Alley Oop '04"-but the good moments are overshadowed by the not-so-good ones; the best moment on the disc, DITC's "Day One," has been available for over five years now. Fat Beats Vol. 3 comes off more like a cash-in than a collection.

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