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With the sharp wit we remember from songs like "Parents Just Don't Understand," he takes on the perceived injustices of his personal world with an irresistible combination of a rapper's standard-issue self-importance and self-deprecating humor. The only problem is that his world is very different from ours. Most of us don't have to deal with celebrity stalkers ("Loretta"), harder-core rappers accusing us of being too "nice" or selling out ("Mr. Niceguy"), or a rock star's professional jealousy ("I Wish I Made That").
Smith has been honing his comic-rhyming timing, and seems to gleefully embrace this opportunity to settle a few scores. Musical treats include lovely symphonic strings on the title song, and exquisite production -- and playing -- throughout. Though he sometimes hits us over the head with his message, the message itself seems sincere, a look inside the heart and mind of a charming, witty pro who is also a genuinely nice guy.