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DJ Clue
The Professional 3

Mixtape albums are strange. Although disc jock–driven projects usually feature rap’s brightest stars, they rarely make much impact on SoundScan. The only one to successfully cash in on the compilation game is DJ Clue, who defied the odds when his ’98 debut, The Professional, was certified platinum. Sales of his 2000 follow-up were equally impressive, surpassing 881,000 units. After a six-year break, the Queens DJ goes for the trifecta with his latest all-star filled romp, The Professional 3. Nas kicks off the album with a 24-bar intro on the aggressively paced “War.” The track’s brooding keys sit firmly atop a thumping ...

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