The much-anticipated followup to Keys’ debut album, which earned five Grammy Awards, mixes classic soul sounds with contemporary hip hop. The first single, “You Don’t Know My Name,” is produced by Jay-Z collaborator Kanye West and evokes lush, “What’s Going On”-style r&b. And “Streets of New York” features guest spots from Nas and Rakim and samples Nas’ “NY State of Mind” for a decidedly anthemic track. With this superb sophomore release, the 21-year-old Keys proves she’s no flash in the pan.
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