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There is even one track called "Uhh! Uhh!" that sounds like he's trying to break in on Master P's grunt-and-groan territory.

There are some clear-cut choice tunes on this album. "Made Men" has confrontational beats that, you could say, fully capture Big Mike's creative angst. "Hustlers" has Mike giving heavy shout-outs to those who do what they can to make a buck (respectfully, that is). And "Heads Like Us" is a nicely orchestrated piece, complete with jingling grooves and guitar strumming that's so crisp you could dip it in ranch dressing.

For all you Big Mike fans who plan to pick up Hard to Hit to deconstruct it rather than to just listen to it (as I'm sure many of you will do), you might be utterly befuddled by the whole thing. I guess I shouldn't be too picky. While other rappers have sold out completely, lost their credibility or ended up releasing albums that sound like they're on automatic pilot, Big Mike's search for aesthetic identity is confounding, unsettling and, at times, refreshing.

-- Craig D. Lindsey

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