Bobby Valentino - The Rebirth

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While The Rebirth has its moments, Bobby Valentino's sub-par pen game is what proves to be his greatest downfall, turning otherwise notable singles into quickly forgotten stanzas

With a string of multi-platinum albums to his name, Ludacris [click to read] did what every successful Hip Hop artist does nowadays: form his own recording company, Disturbing Tha Peace. Yet save for the few notable singles from Shawnna and the questionable lasting-power of Chingy [click to read], DTP artists have rarely tasted the same results as their label head.

Enter Bobby Valentino [click to read]. Once a member of mid-'90s R&B group Mista, the quartet had a hit single in "Blackberry Molasses," but would eventually disband due to underwhelming sales of their debut album. Reborn as a solo artist, Valentino would find a new home at Disturbing Tha Peace, and would find success in his self-titled frosh long-player in 2005, thanks to the massive hits "Slow Down" and "Tell Me." However, while his sophomore effort, Special Occasion, slowly reached gold status, the album largely went under the radar, prompting Bobby to sever ties with DTP and soon form his own label, Blu Kolla Dreams. Finally striking out on his own, Bobby drops his third album, the appropriately titled The Rebirth.

With renowned beat maestros Tim & Bob scoring the majority of The Rebirth, Bobby tries to once again capture the magic of his first two monster singles. On the melodious "My Girl," Bobby longs for a love he's forever searching for, the short but sweet "Dance The Night Away" is a whimsical journey backed by smooth piano plinks, before teaming up with Raphael Saadiq [click to read] on an updated cover of Tony! Toni! Ton