Make Me Better
Label: Fabolous / Desert Storm
More schizophrenic pop goodness from your girlfriend's favorite rap lyricist. Multisyllabic interior rhyme schemes propel songs about ladies' jewelry, proving that Fab is both a poet and a businessman (if not a great speller). There's enough to satisfy both his street devotees (Just Blaze's "Return of the Hustle" and Junior Reid's "Gangsta Don't Play") and his pop princesses (smash "Diamonds" and "Change Up," with Akon). Like mid-period Nas, Fab likes to ride over thick, dramatic beats, packed with top-of-the-marquee guests (Akon, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Rihanna and T-Pain).