Jim Jones comes back a lot stronger with this latest project called Wasted Talent. First off, it was definitely a good move having the Robert DeNiro directed “A Bronx Tale” movie as the backdrop for this project. I think Jim delivers some solid rhymes on this one. He ditched some of the vamp life type rhymes and went back to the essence of Harlem which has made him great. The beats on this project are definitely a lot better as well. There are definitely some classic sounding Diplomats/Heatmakerz type records on here. At the same time, there are a few tracks I could have done without as well. Jim tries to sound like every other mumble rapper out there on some of these trap beats. The absolute highlight of this project has to be “Once Upon A Time” featuring Cam’ron. The rhymes that both MCs trade are FLAWLESS. The beat is FLAWLESS. This is pure Diplomats sound on this one. Honorable mentions go to “Never Did 3 Quarters” and “Dust & Powder” featuring Jadakiss. More Harlem heat for your eardrums. While not a perfect album, Jim definitely got most of the way back to greatness with this album.
OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
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