ATN Album Review: Puff Daddy & The Family's No Way Out

I'll say it straight-up: Puff Daddy is the end-of-the-millennium answer to MC Hammer.

I speak of Hammer as if he is a relic of a long-forgotten age because, in hip-hop time (which is by now virtually synonymous with American pop culture), he is. For your

information, I locate Hammer Time (B.C.) somewhere between the Paleolithic Age and the fall of the Roman Empire. In 1990, Hammer unimaginatively copped a Rick James bass

line, repeated it ad infinitum and told us we couldn't touch him. Now, in 1997, Puffy unimaginatively...