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Same shit, different diva. Success in today’s R&B mostly involves rounding up a few popular producers and trying to drop a couple of gold or platinum singles. Jennifer Lopez went for the top of the line: R&B golden child Rodney Jerkins, Foxy Brown’s cohorts the Trackmasters, and rumored romantic interest Sean “Puffy” Combs, among others. Jerkins lends the bouncy sound he perfected on Brandy’s last album to the first single, “If You Had My Love.” Poke and Tone of the Trackmasters co-opt an obscure guitar loop for “Should’ve Never.” Puffy comes through strongest with “Feelin’ So Good,” a reworking (what else?) of Strafe’s “Set It Off” that features Big Pun and Fat Joe. The song is bubbly New York summer fare that is perfect for a trip downtown “on the 6” train to the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Complete with several lusty, Latin-inflected ballads and freestyle-reminiscent dance tracks, 6 captures the Nuyorican aesthetic and guarantees at least that niche market. It’s content-light, with average vocals, but what’s the worst that can come of its success: a couple of Hype Williams–directed videos featuring his signature tunnel-vision angle of Jennifer Lopez’s prized posterior?

—Neil Drumming