November 20, 2006

As Jay-Z recovers from jet-lag after his whirlwind, seven-city, daylong Saturday tour, the hip-hop kingdom counts the seconds until Hovie’s (re-)takeover. Likewise, the mixtape world recovers from a week of ad-libbing to America’s Favorite Trapper, Young Jeezy, courtesy of another iPod-keeper from DJ Drama.

With Def Jam about to make a killing this winter, the ATL was snowed in before Thanksgiving (thaattt’s riiiggght!!) with the Snowman’s 4th mixtape, I Am The Street Dream. Giving a couple sneak peeks at his upcoming 2nd album Thug Inspiration, due in stores December 12, Jeezy left the streets shivering again with trap anthems like “Sing Along” (a CHOPS production) and “All I Need.”

But Jay wouldn’t stay out of the mixtape spotlight for long. Days before embarking on his Hangar tour, he sent mixtape DJs scrambling as he “let the games begin” with “Brooklyn,” Hova’s beat-jacking, mixtape address to Jim Jones and Dipset. Leaving DJs sleepless and forcing them to cancel their weekend plans, Jay-Z’s last-minute diss to the Dips has had the mixtape world up in arms ever since.

Chanting ‘Brookllyyyynnnn’ to the cadence of Jim Jones’ recent mixtape smash “Ballin,” Hova smirks ‘the Joneses can’t keep up…/ Well…Maybe my nigga Nas – but I got strong after ‘Ether’” and ends his silence on one of the mixtape buzz tracks of the week, along with, of course, the Dipset’s immediate response.

With Jim recruiting Juelz to have a little fun with Jay-Z, the Capo jabs (possibly at Ms. Hovie, too) “You say 30’s the new 20 / but you’re 40, and I’m 30, so who’s 20?”
“Brooklyn” was actually Hova’s second mixtape heat-seeker of the week, after his “Black Republicans” collabo with Nas popped up on Big Mike & Statik Selektah’s The Sun Still Rises In The East. Said to be on Nas’ forthcoming Hip-Hop Is Dead Def Jam debut, the track showcases the once arch-enemies exchanging verses over a beat from Nas’ faithful producer L.E.S. (who’s roots with Nas date back to Illmatic).

It’s not likely that any of this material would have made the Presidential Invasion mixtape DJ Green Lantern and Jay were putting together. The bad news is that it doesn’t look like that mixtape will be invading anything any time soon. After leaking one track and talking the CD up on the radio, best guesses are that Jay didn’t want to squeeze it in before the album. The good news is, that will only give more time for The Evil Genius and Jigga to give it a classic twist for when it does come out.

Along with Jay-Z pushing back his mixtape (yep…even MIXTAPES get pushed back!), The Game and his mixtape partners-in-crime, DJ Skee and Nu Jerzey Devil, were rumored to be dropping the sequel to Black Wall Street Journal but that’s definitely on hold as Game awaits his Soundscans for Doctor’s Advocate. Up next might even be the Ya Boy mixtape the BWS camp is currently working on – West Coast headz stay tuned for more info on that.

Eghcck! This Thanksgiving, the Thornton brothers – better known as Malice and Pusha T (two halves of the Clipse, two fourths of the Re-Up Gang!) – will definitely have something to be thankful for around the Thornton table. With their long overdue album only five days away at that point, Malice and Pusha T will be on their way to Star Trak heaven after their release from what they consider hip-hop purgatory.

The mixtape heavyweights are also finished with the re-mastered release of their classic ‘05 mixtape We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 2 (which will include 4 new songs + a freestyle) with DJ Clinton Sparks. The Virginia dopeboyz will be slipping the re-releases inside a DVD case however, as Malice and T show the fans their New York City We Got It 4 Cheap concert at the Knitting Factory. The Clipse’s new joint “Momma I’m Sorry” first touched down on the Big Mike & Statik Selektah joint and all we can say is that accordion is bananas. Hell Hath No Fury – In stores November 28.

On the creative side of the mixtape map, DJ Swindle remixes another incredible mash-up mixtape, putting Em-J (Marshall Meets Michael) into rotation. Stringing Eminem verses together over reproduced Michael Jackson instrumentals, the DJ who figured out a way to mash up Mobb Deep & Bob Marley on Bobb Deep and brought 50 Cent back to the future with 80 Cent, creates an incredible pop effect with this latest dish. Favorites are Em’s remix over “Wanna Be Starting Something” to kick the mixtape off, and “The Real Slim Shady” blended over “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.”

In other mash-up, mixtape remix-pairings, CT’s DJ Semi puts together the South’s biggest names to remix together tracks from Lil’ Wayne and T.I. On the other side of PA, Joey Fingaz follows up his XL-rated mixtape with Ray Cash and The Kickdrums with a Southern specialty re-mixtape featuring Weezy & Jeezy.

Worth noting, G-Unit and ringleader 50 Cent have been notably silent on the mixtape front since the release of Lloyd Banks’ sophomore LP Rotten Apple. With something likely up his sleeve with the approaching release of NasHip-Hop Is Dead album, 50 has been laying back on music, recently accepting a role alongside Robert DeNiro in the upcoming police drama New Orleans. On the G-Unit side of things, Hot Rod is rumored to have a mixtape in the works, as well as Mase, although both mixtapes are not currently slated for release from the currently vacationing G-Unit DJ Whoo Kid.

G-Unit has also been in the news recently after Young Buck went on SHADE 45 last Monday and announced he had his sights on signing Philly’s Major Figga leader Gillie Da Kid to G-Unit South. After clearing the air about the whole Baby and Lil’ Wayne situation and before calling out The Game for “bipolar” attitude, Buck Marley declares “Shout out to Gillie, I’m trying to sign you” and says he’s got a lane for Gillie over at G-Unit/Cashville Records.

Gillie has been anything but a stranger to the headlines with his constant barrage of insults flung at Lil’ Wayne, Baby and Cash Money Records. Apparently Buck and Gillie share the grudge, and the background goes like this: Buck was 16-years-old when Baby called him down to New Orleans for an impromptu audition. When Baby disappeared for several days, Buck was left stranded – and the G-Unit South general hasn’t forgotten. Anxious to start a war, Buck’s offer to Gillie is a reminder that G-Unit beef never dies, it only multiplies.

GDK has been so popular in the hip-hop world recently that MTV’s Sucka Free with Cipha Sounds has invited him back for his second appearance in two months. Not bad for an unsigned artist. His upcoming mixtape with Superstar Jay and his recent release with fellow Philadelphian Cosmic Kev are sure to be at the center of discussion for the reincarnated rapper.

In other news, DJ Drama’s newest mixtape hits the streets this week. And no, it has nothing to do with Snowmen or the Dirty South. His own artist Willie The Kid puts it down for The Aphilliates Music Group, Drama’s Asylum imprint, as Grand Rapids lands on the map with Divide & Conquer. The brother of Wu familia La The Darkman, WTK is finally polished and ready for his close-up. With his Gansgsta Grillz family in place, Willie picks a collection of classic and recent instrumentals and makes his mentor proud. Watch out world, Drama’s cosign is stronger than ever.

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  • BE

    Uno

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    waste of my time…

  • slicka

    this is cool…

  • Keezy

    Fuck G-Unit South

  • John Street

    check out that troy ave mixtape chicken spot rock myspace.com/troyave or go to the banger section and enter troy ave

  • frankwhite45

    Hell Hath no Fury got it for cheap bangin!!! myspace.com/ninohnewjack myspace.com/ninohnewjack

  • Flip

    This shit was boring and wack. You act like niggaz can’t go to the website, or if their so inclined, their local hustleman to find out what is new. I know one section I won’t be wasting any more time in.

  • caly iz active

    MEN THE BEST MIXTAPE I GOT RECENTLY IS SPIDER LOC AND FELI FELL-CONNECTED
    THAT SITH IS TIGHT DEFINATLY ANOTHER WEST COAST CLASSIC

  • hip hop is on life support

    cop that gucci maine/ mack maine mixtape “gone off that water”. a town in the buildin’

  • mr agee

    Clipse all the way. Hell hath no fury. Cop that shit.

  • pop a poppa

    there’s a shitload of quality music about to drop.

  • http://www.myspace.com/xadam22 Adam22

    this is a dope section of the site, keep it coming. the clipse album is insane and gillie is really doing it.

  • jacquez
  • Wiz_Kid

    I just checked you out Invisible Hand Barf. My deaf cousin thinks youre beats are retarded.

  • LUVHIPHOP

    WEEZY ALWAYS COME HARD ON MIXTAPES AND NOBODY CAN FUCK WIT HIM SO FUCK YOUNG BUCK AND GILLIE WACK ASS, THEY AINT SHIT AND HOV IS THE TRUTH

  • Wiz_Kid

    jacquez Says:

    November 21st, 2006 at 8:31 am
    http://www.myspace.com/southcrak

    go listen

    that’s better

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  • jaydottcomm

    That Jay-Z is actually pretty fuckin good. The rest of the album took care of the weaker singles. Oh and it sounded like a subliminal to 50 Cent in there on that Dre track “30′s the new 20″. Go pick up the Hov…its not his best album ever but its better than Jordan hoppin off the bench fa damn sho,.

  • jaydottcomm

    Damn! Snoop Dogg Smashed everybody this time around. That Snoop Dogg Blue Carpet is overwhelming. Best since Doggystyle. This nigga knows how to choose a beat and his lyrics are like damn. I didnt know Snoop could get lyrical??????

  • Prince Of The South

    It’s almost as good as the mixtape monday section on Mtv.com, only thing you all missing is some quotables, but you make up for it with the background info. Good looking on the Clipse info, I thought they cd got pushed back to 12/12. That Jeezy mixtape that’s out is one of the best that came out this year. The only reason Game new mixtape hasn’t come out is because he’s waiting for his numbers to come back and if he outsells what G-unit did for the year we going to hear another Soundscan record. Last the G-unit part. Buck better be smart about this, Juve already going after dude he can handle him, but he not lyrical enough for Weezy. Gillie can keep up with Wayne though so he might be on something. If he smart he’ll get BG and TI to go after dude too. As for G-unit falling back, I think 50 shocked Banks underperformed, now the pressure on him to make a street record. He don’t want it with Nas, b/c Nasty back on it.

  • john cochran

    I haven’t listened to a mixtape in a minute. Probably cause everybody puts thier best shit on the tapes and then you get mad when you cop the album and hear the same shit. I hate jeezy’s music with a passion, but I gotta admit I like the way him and Drama put together tapes. Same with Clinton sparks. The we got it for cheap jons are classic and the jiont with busta was crazy too. I like when mixtapes have ORIGINAL beats on em.

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    Mixtapes are the soul of the industry! Its what everyone listens to and what no body pays more then $5.00 for!

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