Speaking publicly about her hearing loss for the first time, Foxy Brown held a press conference Thursday where it was revealed that the rapper hasn't heard another person's voice for months and has needed someone to tap out beats on her shoulder when in the studio.As she fought back tears, Brown delivered an emotional speech about the onset of her sudden, profound and severe hearing loss this past spring, while she was recording her forthcoming album, Black Roses."She will hear again.It's these seeming contradictions that make Benz' raps so fascinating, and as he explains on the CD's sleeve, the DJ is "attempting to maintain the balance that makes me human, not a Saint, nor a Devil." The balance is upset, though, by the album's heavy tilt towards sex.He seduces Lady Saw on "Buckshot," unites with Foxy Brown for "Too Stoosh," and proves himself such a "Pum Pum Conqueror" that the poor object of his affections can only shout out "Mur-Da-Rah." The lewdest cut of all, "Harder," is also the most infectious; equally catchy is "Wi Nuh Inna Dhat," a flagrant attack on homosexuals.Although the CD boasts some gems, such as the contagiously danceable "We'll Take You There," a remake of the Staple Singers' classic "I'll Take You There," this offering largely misses its mark.Filled with sexually explicit, sometimes misogynistic tunes like "So Mi Haffi Dead," which were the core of dancehall music at the time, Benz' lyrics and delivery do nothing to expand the genre beyond hard-hittin' riddims and even harder verses.She is a strong candidate for restoration," the doctor proclaimed, adding that the recovery time following the operation differs from patient to patient but should be brief for Foxy.
Spragga Benz pulls no punches, and Fully Loaded throws the listener against the wall, takes aim, and opens fire, peppering the air with almost two dozen cuts.The album kicks off with "Praise," a song of thanks to God and life; praise for his Mac 10 is saved for the following track, "Badman Anthem," a calvacade of bullets and the sweet vocals of Sugar Slick; later "Peace" receives homage.