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Memphis Bleek "Pound Cake Freestyle"


Date: October 9
Grade: C+

"It's never been about the money, it's about the love," says Bleek. The fact that Bleek was missing from Jay's list of of poeple who he made millionaires on the original "Pound Cake" seems glaring until we remember the "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" remix ("Bleek could be one hit away his whole career/As long as I'm alive he's a millionaire.") In this case, Jay wasn't going to repeat himself.

Bleek's remix truncates the song by removing the two original rappers. He replaces them with a relaxed, though technically sound, 90 seconds of Bleek rap. Bleek often sounds as though he's rapping after the dust has settled. There's not so much hunger as there is satiated resignation. Kind of like Jay, minus the opulence. — Alexander Gleckman

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