His first album ('Rule 3:36') was brilliant, but never got the respect (and sales figures) it deserved. The singles were all amazing, but never got anywhere. Then came along Jennifer Lopez, and his part on her latest single 'I'm Real' launched into Europe. Although I don't think he needed to break into the UK by riding on the success of a diva-type actress, he's done it, and this is the outcome. Well worth any amount of money, 'Pain Is Love' is a great album - one of the best rap/r&b crossovers ever. The catchy 'Always On Time' is a bit reminscent of some of the tracks on his debut LP, but it still stands out as a ...well, stand out record. The J-Lo single is a slight disappointment, and puts a downer on the last half of the album. The 2-Pac references and inclusions sneakily acknowledge the fact that many critics think he is like 2-Pac, but they also lend credence to his music as he manages to NOT ruin the songs (as many artists generally do when they cover tracks). The Stevie Wonder cover, although slightly predictable (it seems everyone has done a cover of a Stevie Wonder track), manages to exude class, while the best track on the album BY FAR, 'Pain Is Love', showcases his talent. Definetly the rap star of now.