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DJ Kay Slay and DJ Greg Street
The Champions—The North Meets the South

KaySlay.GregStreet.jpgKnown for supplying the streets with hot exclusives, DJ Kay Slay has always been on some New York shit. So when he dropped his major label debut, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, in 2003, it was no surprise that the compilation was mostly filled with East Coast–flavored cuts. A year later, he would follow a similar formula on Vol. 2. But with his latest project, The Champions—The North Meets the South, the Drama King enlists the help of Atlanta radio jock/producer Greg Street to add a little Southern flavor to the mix.

Serving as another way to further increase the visibility of Slay’s protégé Papoose, the album features several potent verses from the Brooklyn rhyme spitter. The lead cut, “Can’t Stop the Reign 2006,” finds Pap sharing mic time with Bun B and NBA champ Shaquille O’Neal. Then on the Amadeus-produced “The Hardest Out,” Hell Rell and Remy Ma ride shotgun as Pap drops witty one-liners like, “I’m shore like the water on the reef.”
From there, the tides turn South as Slim Thug, Petey Pablo, Bun B and David Banner get crunk over violent violins on “You Can Get It Too.” The heat gets turned up even more on the explosive “Hood Drug Wars,” where Three 6 Mafia, B.G. and Lil Wyte break down street politics with gritty clarity. The hardest bars, however, come courtesy of Lil Scrappy on “Big Problems,” where he spits, “Don’t make me put a rubber on the tip of the AK/You bubblegum rappers, straight nut slappers/I throw ya ass up like a Magnum wrapper.”

The only potholes in Kay Slay’s lawn are extraneous crew cuts like Juvenile and the
D Boys’ “One for the Trouble” and Twista’s “Knock ’Em Out,” featuring the Speedknot Mobstaz, who spit much ado about nothing. Despite Street playing a background role to Slay’s obnoxious ad-libs, the turntable technicians manage to compile a diverse collage of tracks without having to slap your favorite DJ. —OMAR MAZARIEGO

  • FOB

    1st

    ks>drama

  • New York Nigga

    new yorks new generation of MCs iz wack

  • eastpoint outlaw

    shit ill go cop the album hell its bout the only shit out thats worth listining to

  • http://thelabel the postman

    Koch, home of the fallen MC’s…
    and now of the fallen DJ’s…

    Save your hard earned money for Jay Dee’s The shining.

  • H-man

    KOCH is da savior of New York…This here the best CD worth buying in da whole review…I got no beef wit U B.G…..Do ya thang…DJ Drama here by gives props 2 DJ K Slay

  • Locc to tha brain

    East coast and the south is fucking gay

  • D – BOY

    GOOD MIXTAPE SELLING THE BOOTLEGS LIKE CRAZY [CAN'T KNOCK THE HUSTLE]
    BEST TRACK BIG PROBLEMS LIL SCAPPY FINALLY CAME CORRECT WITH SOME SHIT TO BAD IT HAD TO BE ON A MIXTAPE

  • e-jizza

    fuck deja 34 me and my label helped punk ass allen grunblant at kock take the meeting over there for a possible label deal.Them niggas is garbage they have no artist.Papoose is hot but nobody knows him outside of NY.Pay attention im calling it papoose got spit but he will flop not marketable,and i still have not heard a decent readio song from him.Sorry kay slay dj drama,and dj whoo kid are the 2 best djs in the game.

  • FreshTodeath

    aye yo. this cd’s the truth yo. esp that one with cassidy.

  • Tj

    Papoose is the only talent on the cd.Kay slay is great but he needs to promote pap some more

  • http://gmobb.com Ace Roddy

    yEAH I LIKE THE PAPOOSE VERSE BUT I THINK IT WAS TOO SHORT AND I LIKED SHAQ VERSE BCUZ HE COOL BUT KAYSLAY IS A BITCH