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Album review: J. Holiday, "M.I.A. The Lost Pages"

J. Holiday makes an impressive return with his new mixtape. (Courtesy of the artist)

J. Holiday fits neatly in the latter category. On his new mixtape — available for free download on, and other sites — the Southeast Washington native toggles between tough talk and pillow talk, crooning in a plangent falsetto or rapping in lisping boasts that lag behind the beat . . . just . . . so.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about Adele's sadness, Kendrick Lamar's fury, Young Thug's genius and T-Pain's vulnerability.


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