Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Lox: Money, Power and Respect [Bad Boy, 1998]
As a statement of principle, the title track is scary-good and creatively derivative; put into practice it's scary-stupid and oppressively ordinary. How do we get MPR? By play-acting bully-boy scenarios that sound petty enough to be from life and making up others we'd never have the guts for--one production number climaxes with, eek, a hand grenade! And by showing an endless profusion of imaginary bitches who the man is--the other production number climaxes when three gold-digging skeezers, as they were called in the good old days, end up with their blood all over the tracks. C+