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  • Summary: The hugely successful rapper returns with another Irv Gotti-produced effort, with guest appearances from Ashanti, Nas and Bobby Brown.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The Last Temptation isn't going to surprise anyone familiar with what Murder Inc. is all about, but their trademarked balance of the rough (Ja Rule) and smooth (Irv Gotti) has rarely sounded better than it does here.
  2. The tough stuff works. But Temptation is really tempting when Rule drops all pretense of authenticity and lets the good vibes flow on the bouncy "Mesmerize," silky sex-jam "Murder Me" and the horn-infused title track.
  3. Predictable, perhaps, but such aural connections rarely fail as a crowd pleaser.
  4. Initially arresting, after a while it gets claustrophobic, leaving the listener punch-drunk and weary. [Jan 2003, p.111]
  5. A relatively brief and resolutely pop-oriented affair, with more gruff singing than rhymes and less violent, existential dilemmas.
  6. Rule is up to his old tricks on Temptation, wrapping thuggish sentiments in candy-coated R&B-flavored tracks, shamelessly dispensing 2Pacisms, and yelling his catchphrase "Murder!" at regular intervals.
  7. 40
    What a treat to discover another album that samples Toto's "Africa." [Feb 2003, p.75]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. rianna
    Oct 4, 2003
    i love ja-rule!!! he iz my baby boy. my whole room iz filled wit posterz of juss him. he is the best. 50 iz juss jealous. 50 needz to keep hiz mouth closed b4 he getz wut he deserves. Expand
  2. jeanb
    Dec 22, 2002
    it's a rough album with a sense of feminine touch
  3. Kyndasha
    Feb 25, 2003
    All I gotz to say iz that I love JA Rule and that this album is off da hook, I love it!!!
  4. RobF
    Dec 23, 2002
    this is ja rule's best album so far, it may be short but every track is great.
  5. JoeM
    Jun 5, 2004
    Yo dis' album is incredibe, I can't understand how most of the songs on the album were not hits. I mean Emerica, Rockstar, The Warning, all good. Expand
  6. CourtneyS
    Dec 25, 2002
    this is the best cd ja rule has ever released. I love the feeling and truth in this cd. ja rule kicks ass. Its MURDA

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