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  • Totally Krossed Out [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1992] A-
  • Da Bomb [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1993] **
  • Young, Rich and Dangerous [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1995] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Totally Krossed Out [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1992]
One step up the evolutionary ladder from the cute boy on the steps who's rechristened Fabian or Vince Eager, these two Atlanta 13-year-olds are totally fabrikated. They contributed less to their beats, lyrics, and look than the New Kids. And not only is "Jump" one of those works of art that makes rock and roll worth living for, a trifle that sweeps all questions of import and integrity aside, but there's an album to go with it. Nineteen-year-old producer Jermaine Dupri writes for irrepressible 13-year-olds so set on enjoying the full privileges of adolescence that only a bad cop would enforce their curfew. Dupri exploits their preadolescent tempos and timbres to the max. And he shades their ebullient music with subtly disturbing samples only lil boys from the hood could be sad and savvy enough to call their own. A-

Da Bomb [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1993]
producer's pawns, voices changing, they hang in there ("Da Bomb," "Alright") **

Young, Rich and Dangerous [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1995] Dud