DJ Clark Kent Digs Through XXL’s Music Mail Bag [Ready or Not]

Published in the Ready or Not column in the July/Aug issue, on stands July 6th!!!

With 20-plus years in hip-hop, DJ Clark Kent has been there and done that. The Brooklyn-bred DJ/producer got his start DJing for ’80s rapper Dana Dane, before banging out hit records for rap icons Jay-Z (“Brooklyn’s Finest”) and Notorious B.I.G. (“Sky’s the Limit”). Not resting on his laurels, Kent and his new production team, The Remedy, produced Rick Ross’s latest single, “Super High.” Before his next DJing gig somewhere around the world, Kent checked in with XXL to give his brutally honest opinions on tracks submitted by hungry rappers on the come-up. Hit XXL up with your music at readyornot@harris-pub.com.

Vince Loyal, “I Like Dat”
(myspace.com/vinceloyal)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/01-_i-like-dat_.mp3]
Clark Kent: See, I’m not mad at this, until he starts rapping. It’s not anything wrong with it; it’s just not special. When the beat comes on, the hook comes on, like, all of that’s right. He’s not as big as the hook and the beat… He doesn’t sound as good as the hook and the beat.

Charlie Check’m, “Bus Stop”
(myspace.com/charliecheckm)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/01-bus-stop.mp3]
Clark Kent: Just no. No… Well, I’m just, I’m just not loving it. I don’t like it at all.

Hi Stakez, “I’m Here Now”
(myspace.com/histakez)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/07-im-here-now-produced-by-young-money-chris.mp3]
Clark Kent: Where were you? Most beats sound like this now… So you’re already, like, halfway there, with the beat that sounds like something else. It sounds like an intro for his album. Like, you want the world to actually know, “Okay, I made a record. Here’s the beginning of my album.”

Teflon Dram, “Hustle Hard”
(myspace.com/teflondram)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/16-hustle-hard.mp3]
Clark Kent: Hustle Hard is Maino’s crew. You got to think about those things when you use those words. It’s just okay… When you hear music as much as I do, you’re looking for something to jump out of the computer, to jump off of the CD, that says, “This shit is crackin’.”

Nephew feat. Fly Boi, “Nasty Girl”
(myspace.com/nephew818)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/nasty-girl-ft-fb.mp3]
Clark Kent: See, now this record right here, this “Nasty Girl” record…this “Nasty Girl” record can work, especially if it’s in a region where it calls for that stuff. You put that somewhere in Mississippi, at a strip club—it’s not confusing, and he ain’t trying to be the best rapper. He’s just saying some stuff. And it’s the “Nasty Girl” hook. It can work. —Rondell Conway
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  • ola

    NoNE OF THE CATS WERE IMPRESSIVE, THE BUS STOP SONGS HILARIOUS. XXL IS THIS THE BEST YOU GUYS COULD COME UP WITH FOR THE LEGENDARY CLARK KLENT. I WOULD BE INSULTED AND PISSED FOR WAISTING MY TIME

  • yoprince

    lol. this was funny.

    the last one was OK. the track had some contained progression to it. the first rapper (nephew) was passable. the second dude (fly boi) was TERRIBLE. he rhymed ‘ounce’ with ‘bounce’ and had the nerve to bring ‘ounce’ back around within like a three-bar span. there’s no excuse for that laziness.

    but yea, generic and/or wack top to bottom. still, good luck to all of these dudes.

  • vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    all this shit was horrible and fuck clark kent’s opinion if he actually dig that last jawn. he gotta right to it but thats how I feel?

  • eesco

    Wow I dont wanna hate on anybody out there with a dream but honestly all these songs are pretty much str8 doo doo. The only song that even gets any kind of pass is the “nasty girl” song only because I can picture hearing that in the strip club. And dammit am I the only one who thought about that rob and big song “dirty girl” when I heard it.

  • TBD Has Spoken

    I want to add on to what @olahasaid about this new batch of inspiraring rappers. Except 4 “Hi Stakez” this crop , were definitely insulting to DJ Clark Kent. XXLMAG shoule ashame of themselves for disrespecting hip-hop royalty like that. I personally know tons of unsigned talent that’s better than these guys. Word to the wise for these cats, “Don’t quit your day job” & that’s if they have one.

    TBD Has Spoken

  • Saratoga N. Blake

    LMAO at “Hustle Hard,” as if the very idea that a no-talent like Maino (did he read ANY books in jail?) has “a crew” wasn’t absurd enough.

    Agree that this was a waste of Clark’s time, although truth is 99.9% if hip-hop in 2009 is a waste of ALL our time.

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol Kid Pistol

    Coming from a producer’s standpoint, I’m pissed off at all these beats. 808′s, synth, boring.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    1. Don’t let your boys tell you it’s crack, ’cause 95% of the time it ain’t. Go to people you don’t know and let them hear/rate it.

    2. C/S the waste of Clark’s time. Don’t be mad, go back in and make another.

    3. Be original.

    • El Tico Loco

      You should cc that comment to all Youtube and Myspacemusic accounts.

  • John Peezy

    Hi Stakez other music is dope ….soul shit idk why they chose this track for him, bad representation

  • http://www.candidbackshots.com Candid BACKshotS

    My favorite song was the one by Teflon but I believe the song by Nephew has more potential to actually do something.
    They were all kinda boring and unoriginal. I agree with Kid pistol about the beats.
    XXL, yall should have a section on the website where you guys get a producer/industry-insider or even a blogger to rate unsigned music all the time. Im really feeling this.

    • http://jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

      Gotta co-sign you and $yk. Hip-Hop needs a PROMINENT spot where aspiring artists are forced to step away from the “Yes” men and hear what the public has to say. This Clark Kent feature did that exceptionally well. If your skin isn’t thick enough to handle the truth it’s gonna be a bumpy, embarrassing ride during your short rap career.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        I was actually thinking of doing that over @ bboycult once a week or month. It’s just that I don’t want to be boxed in just doing the music exposure thing, but I have received a good amount of submissions.

        LOLZ @ El Tico

        And guys there is a professional way to submit music beyond “check my myspace”. There are a lot of corrupted programs on that site.

  • G Weezy

    OF all the rappers on here Hi stakez flow was the best by far, Nephew song was O.K. as well. Not much else here.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/showtimeny ShowTime NY

    Vince Loyal got the most potential out that group. Your right in what You said tho. From what Im hearing in the hOok it sounds like he didnt write the verse to the beat. Pluss his lyrics aint grabb me.

    The Hook Did tho. And technically he seems the most talented.

    But DJ Clark Kent

    You need to check me out man. Aint nobody Rap/Reggae Chat/Sing , has multiple vocal tones,including one that sounds like Jay, is a Lyricist who strong song writing skills and can put it all together effectively and Cohesively.

    Yall look out for Average Aint ME Pt. 2

    Click the name.

  • http://www.myspace.com/1stdegree504 NEW ORLEANS RAPPER

    MAN ALL THESE NIGGAS WACK GO PEEP OUT A REAL ARTIST LIKE MYSELF, NEW UPCOMING ARTIST FROM NEW ORLEANS NAME 1ST DEGREE GO PEEP OUT THE MYSPACE AND U CAN GO DOWNLOAD MY MIXTAPE FOR FREE @ DATPIFF……………….WWW.MYSPACE.COM/1ST_DEGREE504

    http://WWW.DATPIFF.COM/PROFILE/1ST_DEGREE504

  • http://www.myspace.com/1stdegree504 NEW ORLEANS

    I NEVER REALIZE HOW MANY RAPPERS WANNA GET IN THE GAME……….WELL I GUESS I GOTTA SMASH ALL OF EM THEN.

  • http://Myspace.com/Nephew818 Nephew

    I am Nephew, I made “Nasty Girl” For the club/Mainstream scene & less explicit so it can be radio friendly & Allow people to know I exist. I didnt make it to Be lyrical or a street single. Dj’s are the best promo & Dj’s like this record. I was rated 8.0 which was 2nd highest for my more street song “Here I Come” In The Music Connection Magazine (April Issue).So Stop hatin’! Thanks to anyone who likes the record.

    Myspace.com/Nephew818
    Neph

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  • EazyBoi

    Yo Nephew’s track was the hottest by far……Even his other trackz on his myspace was hot……his flow was okay on nasty girl but on his other songs i heard his flow was str8 sick. some of you boiz is hatin. Bus stop song was funny as shit lmfao. My vote is with nephew

    D-Bloc Boi

  • http://msn.com g_lex

    man all u sukas need to keep ur muzzles on and shut ur lips. stop hating on Nephew cause as far as the votes go he is winning. if any of u or people u knew were truly better, they would be on this mag being looked at by the rap world. Nephew keep up the hard work u are doing very well.

  • Mrs. Miss

    I have to agree with Dj clark & eazyboi Nasty girl was my shit they need to play that in the clubz.

  • MsLAVISH

    Nephew’s song is by far the best!!! I hope to hear more from this artist, does anyone know when his alblum hits stores?

  • Philly Phill

    AAHH shit thats my nigg Nephew putting it down like always good job mike and always represent the big (818) 4sho…

  • lyssa

    Nephew’s track Nasty Girl gets my vote…It’s the best ive heard in a very long time…Finally something new and differnt…he’s breaking the mold of the cookie cutter rapper…

  • johnny

    ITZ NEPH BITCH!!!!!NEPHEWS MUSIZ IS BY FAR THE BEST SHIT IVE HEARD IN A REALLY LONG TIME IVE LISTIN 2 ALL UR TRACKS AND LUV THE FACT ITZ SOMETHING I CAN RELATE 2 CANT WAIT TILL THEM ALBUMS COME OUT!!!!!..ITZ NEPH BITCH!!!!!

  • M!ZZ.Gr33N3Y3Z

    nephew,n3phew,nephew,nephew,nephew….i can danc3 to “NASTY GIRL”….

  • 1st degree 504

    THIS “NEPHEW” CLOWNS IS A JOKE, HE NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS NAME TO “LITTLE COUSIN” HE PROLLY WEARS SKINNY JEANS AND PINK FITTED “V” NECK SHIRTS THAT HAVE CUTE LITTLE QUOTES ON EM LIKE “HOW MANY LICKS DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A FRUITY POP”. BUBBLE GUM RAPPERS LIKE U SHOULD BE BAN FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND BE LOCKED IN A SMALL CELL WITH THOUSANDS OF OVER GROWN HOMOSEXUALS THAT LIKE RAPING WACK RAPPERS.!!!!!!!!!!….AND NOT TO MENTION HE ACTUALLY RESPONDED TO WHAT A FEW PPL HAD TO SAY ABOUT HIS SONG WHEN IT WAS “PUT ON XXL TO BE HEARD” WAT RAPPER DOES THAT, THAT SHOWS ALREADY HE’S SENTIVE(SENSITIVE:FEELINGS FROM A BITCH). ATTENTION !!!ATTENTION!!!! ATTENTION…..”NEPHEW AKA LIL COUSIN” YOUR WACK I THINK BURGERKING AND THE WAFFLE HOUSE ARE HIRING FOR GRAVEYARD SHIFTS FOR PPL TO SCARE OFF BUMS. GET A LIFE U POOR EXCUSE FOR A NUTT……………………U WANNA HEAR A REAL RAPPER …..WWW.DATPIFF.COM/PROFILE/1ST_DEGREE504, http://www.myspace.com/1stdegree504.

  • ~LOVE~

    Hmm…well I checked out 1st degree myspace….sound like shit whamp whamp.. two thumbs down.If your the future I prefer the past ha. How are you gonna talk shit..you didnt even make it into the magazine, never will. Your music should have drowned with Hurricane Katrina ha.Shut your mouth your music is wack! Anyways I like Hi Stakez and Nephew song. ” Nasty Girl” is my shit!! That’s the type of shit I wanna hear in the club. The Bus Song lmao…fuck that must be a joke haha. NEPHEW!!!!! Need to hear more of that.

  • thizboi

    OK OK hold on..1st degree u not even on here so who the are u to say nthing??? ur just a hater cuz u know NEPHEW is the shit ur shit is lame,ur ass is everything u said nephew was, wait YOU NASTY GIRL lmfao..

  • Love

    They’re Right !! HOW THE F*** ARE U GOING 2 TALK CRAP ABOUT NEPHEW!! IF U DONT LIKE IT U CAN GO SUCK UR MOTHER’S ………<- Not going to finish that sentence. Anyways Nephew is the next big thing!! Haters !! ANd by the way, What kind of name is 1st Degree ??. U shuld be Calling urself !st degree Burn!!! Take a Tip From Nephew and Back up .

  • aimee

    NEPHEW,NEPHEW,NEPHEW!!!!! IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY!!

  • CARISSA

    IT’S NEPH B*TCH!!!! NEPHEW IS THE BUSSINESS!!!!

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  • C. Wall

    go listen to hi stakez other music …. hands down dude is a producer & artist (soul sounding stuff like Big K.R.I.T.)

  • http://twitter cary

    HiStakez gos hard!!! *currently bumpin The Third EP* lehgooooo!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/moehoe7 moe

    my nigga hiStakez game tak eover

  • MillboroughMurdaMan

    All these beats sound generic as f… but as far as lyrics go Hi Stakez (best) Charlie Check’m (absolute WORST)

  • Lady E

    HIGH STAKEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PayMe

    Hi Stakez is the only one of these guys who bangs… I listened to his ” The Third EP” and it was ridin hard…Keep at it dude…your shit is better than half the shit on the radio now.- Oh and Charlie Checkem’…do everybody a favor, kill yourself.

  • L_AvatorWes

    Hi Stakez got the best flow/beat/structure as a song..in my opinion its the best out of the bunch.The Nephew track jams as well and it prolly could blow cz as of now “its hot&relevant” but its the same type of music that ppl “claim” they’re tired of(simple beat&catchy hook) in which they claim they wanna get back 2 [spittn&originality].But how can artist shoot 2 do so when its not being acclaimed.The game as far as labels producers & fans 4 that matter are %75 hypocrites.With that being said room for innovation could never be.Thats why artists are getn signed for “1 song” deals instead “album” & longevity deals cz the labels kno wuts hot now may b a “fad” 2morrow so they dont wanna waste investments nor time behind artists. Understand the politics but stay “true” as a fan..Shoutouts 2 ALL these artists..keep perfectin ya craft.

  • http://www.djvoltron.info DJ Voltron

    Voted for Hi Stakez. You can’t deny true talent. This is how hip hop is supposed to sound.

  • What Girls Like

    Wow, people always hate. Honestly this is here for voting, I voted for Hi Stakez, because of the content and flow of the song. People hating on these guys is not the way. Critique them and give them insight on what you want to hear!!! How can an artist deliver if they dont know what the people want. CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM! I will not return to view any comments you may.

  • Keisha

    HI STAKEZ=future. Haters create fame keep doing what you do :)

  • Anonymous

    Hi Stakez is the best out this group hands down. His song and flow is far greater then the others on this list

  • http://www.datpiff.com/profile/1st_degree504 1st_degree504

    I WANT TO SEND A SPECIAL F!@# YOU TO “NEPHEW” U AND YOUR MUSIC SUCKS, HI STAKEZ IS THE ONLY DECNT RAPPER ON HERE. THE REST OF THESE CLOWNS WACK..DONT KNOW WHY A LEGEND LIKE DJ CLARK KENT WOULD WASTE HIS TIME WIT THESE NIGGAS…….ATTENTION…ATTENTION…..ATTENTION….ATTENTION FOR ALL U HUNGRY HIP HOP HEADS IF U WANT SOME REAL MUSIC AND NOT THAT WATERED DOWN SHIT OR THAT OVERLY GANGSTA BULL SHIT WIT NO GOOD LYRICS OR LYRICAL CONTENT HIT THESE LINKS UP

    http://WWW.DATPIFF.com/profile/1st_degree504
    http://www.myspace.com/1stdegree504

  • SeattleM’s4Life

    i agree w/ 1st degree504 hi stakez is dope especially being from Houston TX where they sip syrup and ride candy paint LMBO ….. wonder how he’d fair over a Clark Kent Track…hell i wonder how all these cats would fair…..there should be a contest of who can make the best song over a Clark Kent track….that’ll be worth the listen!

  • http://www.myspace.com/1stdegree504 1st degree504

    FINALLY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HIP HOP, I DONTTHINK CLARK KENT SHOULD EVEN WASTE HIS TIME WITHALF OF THESE CLOWNS, REAL ARTIST LIKE ME MUST BE REALLY HARD TO FIND…….THIS IS WHERE REAL MUSIC IS AT http://WWW.DATPIFF.COM/PROFILE/1ST_DEGREE504
    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/1STDEGREE504

  • http://www.myspace.com/1stdegree504 1st degree504
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  • Fly fella

    1st degree u hatin azz nigga, u left like 6 comments askin ppl to go check out yo shit & that shit was boring. u super lame! first everybody on here was wack now only hi stakes is good….u confused azz nigga get a life how many times u gonna keepp comin back here to cry for everyone to listen to yo shit. I think nephew & hi stakes are both good both r different styles I think hi stakes is more of a mixtape type rapper & nephew has them radio singles. I think they both have better music on there myspace.

  • John John

    Nephew’s Killin it. Im still bumbin that Introduction mixtape……waiting on the album Neph

  • shawna

    I thought Nasty girl was the best song on here

  • G’d Up

    I didnt relly care for any of em nasty girl did seem to have the potential to be a bigger record so thats wear my vote goes

  • LMFAO

    Poor charlie……”No….Just no” lol

  • Ms.Fantasy

    where can i download nasty girl? I need to be dancing to that song at work

    Ms. Fantasy
    XoXoXo

  • F You

    All of them r wack!

  • http://yahoo.com lex

    It’s all about Neph and the 818 baby. I see there are still hater and who the HELL is 1st Pedigree???????? Desperate for some attention and fame, to be in the 15 min spotlight. LMAO!!!! You won’t make in this world begging. Nephew has more good tracks check them out on myspace.

  • mae

    NEPHEW is the shit and every body knows it thats why he has the most votes..you all need some hateraid lol… ITS NEPH B*TCH!!!

  • lizz

    NEPHEW is way better then anyone on here!!!!! u can actually dance to his music…

  • bobby

    you all wish u were as good as nephew!!! keep tryin haterz you guyz are just wastin ur time!!!

  • RealHipHop

    leave that dance bull shit in the club for the ignant ass niggas and coons …… thats not hip hop

  • alyssa

    ha,ha,ha all ur guys are funny!!! THat bus song is freakin stupid how the hell did u even get on here..lol..Nephew is way better then all these guys on here..NEPHEWWWW….

  • UrFantasyGirl

    i checked out nephew music on myspace and its off the hook!!! and he is fuckin fine as hell to.NEPHEW IS TAKIN IT HOME BABYYYY!!!

  • yomama

    NEPHEW!!!!!!!!!!

  • alissa

    NEphew!!!!!! keep em coming

  • girlyy

    all of you guy fuckin suck none of u on here knows what real music is it all sound fuckin wack!!

  • paula

    i like nephews music and so dose my mom and my sister UrFantasyGirl haha ur stupid dezz

  • paula

    nephew my mom and me like ur music and so dose my sister UrFantasyGirl haha your retared dez

  • Ron

    The only one that sounds professional and can cross over is “Bus Stop”…The hook is catchy, the concept is different and he’s not rapping aobut the same shit. Notice Dj Clark Kent couldn’t even specifically say what he didn’t like about the song. That’s because he’s obviously prejudice against that particular style. XXL readers are obviously bias against pop-rap.

  • DC

    Hi Stakez has the best lyrics on here,hands down,but to be honest this is not his best song on his Ep or mixtape, i think everyone needs to check out his myspace or his blog site kid is dope.

  • Tee J

    I agree all these guys are wack,except for Hi Stakez this guy has to hott videos on this sight, so that shows his talent there, my opinion he is on his way to the top.

  • THE TRUTH

    I checked there myspace plays for the day

    Hi stakez has 1 play today
    Vince Loyal has 0 plays today
    Charlie Check’m has 365 plays today
    Teflon has 5 plays today
    Nephew has 0 plays today

    It’s 10:18 am pacific standard time and Charlie Check’m has 318 plays today already

    I checked out there sales on Itunes and Charlie Check’m is the only one that I know who’s getting sales..

    So “Charlie Check’m” who has the least amount of votes is getting the most sales, the most plays, the most comments and has the most fans. CLARK KENT AND THE VOTERS ARE WAY WAY WAY OFF BASE

  • The Real Truth

    Charlie check em gets plays cause people listen to laugh……That shit is lame & sounds retarded….& please tell me how u can check peoples itunes sales?

    • THE TRUTH

      “That shit is lame & sounds retarded”

      You must be gay…Did you even go to his myspace page? None of the songs are comical…Any retard can rap about giving money to strippers at a club and it’s been done a million times already. On the other hand, Charlie is rapping about scooping a beautiful woman at a bus stop because she needs a ride..Stupid men waste money on strippers. Smart men have sex for free and there’s nothing “retarded” about that..As a matter of fact, it’s an original concept

  • TRUTH

    ….”& please tell me how u can check peoples itunes sales?”

    Check their ranking and compare them to major artists. Some of Charlie’s songs are ranked hire than artists signed to major labels.

    Charlie Check’m is selling more, has more fans, has more plays, has more comments, has more songs, has more versatility and just better all the way around

  • yoda

    Charlie Checked Off Lmfao…..If he had so many more fans n plays n comments then he shoulda had more votes for him. Simple as that for ya simple ass

  • Anonymous

    “If he had so many more fans n plays n comments then he shoulda had more votes for him

    Listen to charlie’s hook and it’s far from simple. It’s a singing hook that requires song writing and musical skills. The concept is the most original on the list and there’s no refuting that. Charlie fans don’t read XXL…..His fans are more mainstream followers. How do you know the comments on this page aren’t from all the artists friends and family? XXL is mainly a hardcore rap magazine

  • Anonymous

    Why were all the comments posted at the begining of the month? IF the comments and votes were from strangers, they would be scattered throughout the month. Even if they are true votes, most XXL followers are hardcore rap fans. I think the artists that got the most votes had the most friends.

  • You Stupid

    Maybe Because as the month goes on this column fades away as new columns are posted & less people see this on the main page as they visit the site. And Why Is this Dude On Charlies Nuts???? Plain & Simple Is (My opinion) I checked all artist out

    Vince Loyal- Okay But nothing Special That Stands out

    Charlie Check’em- Not Good, Sounds Funny & I Couldnt take Him Serious (Not Hatin)

    Hi Stakes- I thought He was good & Had a good flow.

    Teflon Dram-Nothing Special Either….Just whatever.

    Nephew- I thought was good as well. Had a good flow & lryically was better On his other Myspace songs. Has a Mainstream vibe….His flow sounds like hes rappin & singin at the same time & Like charlie He sings his hooks but doesnt sound funny or cheesie.

    I think The top 2 are the best 2. Simple as that & of course most people agree as well as DJ Clark Kent. XXL readers are not just Hardcore fans Cause Drake Is not hardcore & he gets good reviews on here.

  • Truth Baybee

    my vote goes to Nephew!!!! Play that song in the clubs and the ladies will be dropping it low…. “Nasty Girl” track is sick! His myspace songs are sick too! Keep that shit up Nephew!!! Fuck the haters!

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