I Luv Cali
Label: SMC Recordings
SoCal emcee Roscoe may sometimes come across as hard -- talking about his grind and bling like a good gangsta -- but I Luv Cali is strongest when it's light and breezy. "Summer Time Again" is the bubbly, uncanny embodiment of summer cruising, with Kurupt's little bro' sounding near-rapturous as he reps his home state. "Rain or Shine" is all sloppy and charming puppy love, while "High Like an Eagle" extols Cali's favorite cash crop over a stuttering G-Funk beat. I Luv Cali is a bleary-eyed masterpiece for the drop-top set.