Release Date: Apr 7, 2009
Record label: Capitol
MIMS' return begins with a clichéd opener, the "I ain't in the same place" track, which in itself begins with the clichéd sound of a needle dropping. Like everything on the album, the opening title track does have its heart in the right place, and MIMS' obvious desire to become more than a ringtone rapper is admirable, but the highlights are still empty-headed club tracks, the best of the bunch being the hyphy-esque "Move (If You Wanna). " Problem is, there just aren't as many this time out, and sometimes what looks like fun, say, a track called "Love Rollercoaster," ends up a shallow rap-ballad that doesn't sample its funky namesake but does steal the tune's metaphor.
Guilt comes out of the gate sounding considerably more soulful than Mims's last release, but quickly dissolves into an exercise in derivative swagger-jacking. Love Rollercoaster resembles a throwaway cut by the-Dream. Move (If You Wanna) appropriates the quiet/loud vocal pattern on Busta Rhymes's Touch It (though much less effectively). And by the album's halfway mark, it's obvious Mims has been studying Kanye West's wordplay.
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