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  • East Atlanta Love Letter [LVRN/Interscope, 2018] A-

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East Atlanta Love Letter [LVRN/Interscope, 2018]
The only rapper ever to snugli his daughter on his CD cover starts his second album raunchy and then, with moral suasion aforethought, gets over it. "No shit, I treat my dick like a loaded gun/Point that shit away, these hoes gonna blow what comes," goes track two, and for a while he wonders whether his girl loves him enough to warrant giving that up. But over 14 tuneful R&B-raps, the answer is a yes soconvincing that not only do Khalid and J. Cole shore up his slow songs but Future and Offset throw in a rhyme or two. The convincers, however, are the three women who get their say. There's Tierra Whack: "Dick is a distraction." There's LightSkinKeisha: "He ain't gonna fuck with me sometimes, he gon' fuck with me all motherfucking times, period." And best of all there's the empathetic Mereba: "You were never taught how to say loving things and caring things/You were just taught what had to be said." A-