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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes

DJ: Kay Slay

Representing: drama

Mixtape: Down With The King, Part 2

411: Not a whole lot to explain here. Slay has some exclusives, including the new Cam dis records and a duet between Ivy Queen and Remy Ma called "Bilingual."

Joints To Check For:

  • "Clap On" by DMX. X says he has his swagger back, and there's no denying that he's gnawing on this Swizz Beatz-produced track like he's making his first demo. Plus, he's giving props to that old gadget, the Clapper. "Clap on!"

  • "It's Wartime" by M.O.P. (featuring 50 Cent). When is it not wartime for M.O.P.? These dudes have been on the front lines longer than Beetle Bailey. Gotta love 'em. This track jacks the beat from LL's "It's LL and Santana," but Fif really should have kicked a verse instead of just saying the hook.

  • "Oh, What a Night" by Cam'ron. Cam samples Frankie Valli's hit — 'nuff said.

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • Quan's Long Time Coming Volume 1
  • Big Mike's Big Boy Game 10
  • Jermaine Dupri and DJ Envy's So So Def Mixtape Volume 1
  • The Game's "Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin' " DVD
  • Too Short's Pimpin Inc.
  • DJ Ayres' Houston for Dummies
  • DJ Skee's WestSide Hype Vol. 2
  • Sheist Bub's The Purple City Family in Candy Land
  • DJ L-Gee's Ali Vegas
  • DJ Drama and Bump J's Chigorilla

'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • "Royal Salute" by AZ
  • "What You Know About That" by T.I.
  • "Curious" by Raekwon
  • "Is It Good to You" by Yummy featuring (Fabolous and Red Café)
  • "Still Down" by Jadakiss (featuring Snyp and Styles P)

Celebrity Favs

  Memphis Bleek
While his big homie Jay-Z hears it from Cam'ron, Memphis Bleek reflected on squashing beef with one of Jay's former foes — and his own current fav — Nas. He actually met Nas for the first time when Jay-Z brought God's Son out onstage last year.

"I felt it was good for two higher powers to come together to show the youth, like, 'Yo, let's just get the money,' " Bleek said about the Jay and Nas concerts last year.

"It was like this notch off my shoulder. I'm from the streets: I got a lot of problems with a lot of people, and each one is like a chip on your shoulder. But [the problems with Nas] are over. Nas is a good dude. If I'd met him before the rumors and we doing what we doing [battling], it would never have happened."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  Carmen Bryan
Some ladies are proving that it might be best to think twice before creeping. If you thought Karrine Steffans' "Confessions of a Video Vixen" was causing people to talk last year, wait until you get a load of what Carmen Bryan, Nas' former girlfriend and mother of his daughter, has to say. She has an autobiography called "Sex, Drugs and Hip-Hop — Oh, and Did I Mention Love?" coming out soon, and she's not holding anything back about her relationship with Nas or her alleged affairs with Jay-Z and NBA superstar Allen Iverson.

King magazine has the first scoop on Carmen — who has become the subject of lyrics in such songs as Jay's "Super Ugly" and Nas' "You're the Man" — coming up in their February issue. We've read it, and you'd best believe your eyes will be bulging out of your head when you see it. Here's what Carm had to say about Nas' alleged cheating heart.

"We had an argument and he was like, 'I'm a king, Carm. Do you know how many girls would love to be in your shoes right now?' That was his favorite line," she told King contributor Minya Oh, a.k.a. Miss Info. "I never had to deal with lots of groupies calling me, but I heard things. I asked Nas about some of them. Way after we kind of broke up, I asked him about Lil' Kim, Eve, Mary J. Blige. The only one Nas ever admitted to dating was Mary."

As for Jay, she implied that he came along at the right time. "I was so in love with Nas at the very beginning, I couldn't even look at another man. But it began to fade. I guess I really took notice to it when I took Jay-Z's phone number." ...

T.I. doesn't just talk about it, he is about it. The King of the South wants to be a presence in the fashion industry, so he and his P$C clique have headed over to Milan, Italy, for Fashion Week.

"We're looking into opening our own clothing line and getting into the fashion industry," he said last week in New York during a shoot for the cover of his forthcoming album, King. "We want to check out the competition, get a feel for the industry before I dive in headfirst."

One area T.I. doesn't need schooling is the streets. He has it down pat, just take a look at his latest mixtape, The Leak. After several songs from the King sessions were bootlegged, Tip took matters into his own hands.

"Supply and demand man," he said about teaming up with DJ Drama to release the leaked songs on his own. "When your record is bootlegged and your record is leaked, obviously there is a lot of demand. In any business, the first rule is supply and demand. If there is a great demand for your product, you must supply it, or someone else will. I tried to beat the bootleggers, and I did, for the most part. If a T.I. fan got the option of going to get these same records from T.I. or a bootlegger, hands down he will get it from T.I. So I figured, hey man, you gonna have to compete with me. Then I'mma give them bonus features. I got records on [my mixtape] you don't have on your [bootleg].

"Drama was very vocal and influential on how the mixtape should be sequenced," he added. "I just had to say my name on it."

While most of the songs from The Leak are strictly for the street, there will be two or three that actually go on the album with a little remixing. For instance, a major R&B star who has had #1 album is going to be playing the piano and singing on "Live in the Sky." Pimp C's vocals will be added to "Front, Back, Side to Side," which already features T.I. and Bun B and is a remake of UGK's 1994 hit of the same name.

  UGK, Houston, Texas 01.19.2006
"They laced me," Tip described. "That's the most I can say. I appreciate the association, I appreciate them even considering letting me do one of their old hit records. For them to get on there with me was that much more flattering."

Tip is actually still recording songs for King and says he'll be making music right up to the deadline. ...

In the new video for Warren G's "Get U Down," Ice Cube dissects the ongoing problems between blacks and Latinos in L.A. The West Coast legend says it's nonsense and they all need to come together.

"It's funny that people who been living together all through our history, now all of sudden can't get along. That's crazy," said Cube. "To me it's a lot of hype in the media about the black and the brown not getting along. I think in some ways the public feeds into that. You see it spilling over into the high schools, the prisons. I'm like, this is crazy. To me it's all this trumped-up conflict that the people are feeding into, and we don't need to feed into that. The black and the brown, we always lived together. It's crazy for us to fight over shades of color and culture. We should be figuring out how to get out this hole." ...

  Mase and Diddy
Mase has been repping the G-Unit, but Diddy says the Pastor is still a Bad Boy — contractually, at least.

"Mase is still signed to Bad Boy," Diddy said. "Me and 50 haven't worked out our business. It's looking like it could go that way [and Mase will leave the label] — I wish him the best of luck.

"Our time was beautiful time," he added. "Our time went down in history. I've moved in my direction, he's moved into his direction."

Diddy is not judging Mase's change from Pastor to Murder.

"He is his own man," Puff said. "He makes his own decisions, he has to answer to that. I don't try to answer to what's in anybody's head."

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