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R. KELLY & JAY-Z The Best Of Both Worlds (Jive/Roc-A-Fella) Rating: NN Rating: NN

The Best Of Both Worlds is billed as a collision between the worlds of hiphop and R&B, “bigger than a meeting between Martin and Malcolm,” but there’s little to distinguish the 13 songs here from the typical collaboration: Jay-Z rhymes a verse, R. Kelly sings the hook. Jay can’t be bothered to spit his good stuff here, while the only time R. Kelly breaks out of his dreary sex funk is when he slags off Sisqo. The Best Of Both Worlds sounds so dry, it seems like the two superstars weren’t even in the same room to record this. The fact that two studios are listed for each track suggests maybe that’s not so far from the truth.

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