Coolio: It Takes a Thief (1994)

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By Scott Goldfine

Los Angeles-based Coolio brings some flair and life to the oversaturated, increasingly formulaic subgenre of gangsta rap on his debut “It Takes a Thief.” Kicking off with the crossover smash “Fantastic Voyage,” the album thumps and glides along on funky groove, smart sampling and oratorical moxie.

Coolio’s not as original as Ice Cube or Snoop Doggy Dogg, but worthy of their company.

GRADE: B-

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