My Vote: Soft yea. She's not really doing anything original here, apart from making old school grooves palatable to The Kids These Days (such as they were in the late 90's), but it does have its charms, albeit safe ones. Hill's vocals are perfectly ordinary, her rapping is agreeably skillful, the skits are the usual boring wasteful tripe...but the production is subtle and sublime. Her work was much better with the Fugees, and it is rather ironic to catch her chiding her former pals for selling out considering this album is so much more transparently commercial than anything they released after disbanding. The help she gets from D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige pays major dividends. Best song: Superstar, probably (although there is still a faint air of hypocrisy in it). Honest question: is it really much better than most black female R&B from that period?