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Nah, he's not biting off Roger Clemens' nickname: The Carson, California, native's real last name is Roccett, with Jerome being his first. Having become a fixture in the underground-Cali scene as the frontman of Green Up Entertainment, Roccett started negotiating with Young Jeezy last year to sign to the western division of the Snowman's Corporate Thugs Entertainment. While waiting to put out his official debut, the Roccett man has been making mixtapes with DJ Warrior.

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Artist: Bishop Lamont

Representing: Aftermath and the West Coast

Mixtape: DJ Skee Presents Bishop Lamont's N----- Noize

411: Maybe we're really going to have it this year: Dr. Dre recently told Big Boy and Liz Hernandez on L.A.'s Power 106 FM that Detox is coming in 2007. He's working on it. Furthermore, Dre insisted that he isn't retiring anytime soon.

"I don't see that ever happening," the Doc said. "I love what I do ... as long as the people want it, I'm doing it."

During the interview, Dre also revealed that his newest protégé, Bishop Lamont, will be featured heavily on the LP ... well, never one to sleep, DJ Skee has locked and readied a mixtape that will educate everyone on what Bishop sounds like. Who is this dude that is getting the much-coveted Dre co-sign? Well, you're about to find out soon. He's working on his solo LP as well as the Doc's record.

"[Dre] was like, 'The only other cat that made me uncomfortable was Em,' " said Lamont, who also said he's been asked to be on Eminem's upcoming LP. "I got this other [song] called 'Street Theology,' and it's just looking at religion. [Dre] was like, 'I don't know, you talking about spitting from the Good Book and [sex acts]. I don't know.' ... My auntie is a minister. I got a lot of family in the Mosque. It's the same thing as it is in the streets, but the kids gotta relate to it. ... [Dre] said, 'I'm uncomfortable, but it's good.' "

As potent as his words are, Lamont said his images will have people talking as well. On the cover of N----- Noize ("that's what they used to call our music when it was rock and roll, when it was jazz. I wanted to take it back to that shock value") he's dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

"F--- the Klan," said Bishop, who has had break dancers danced in Klan uniforms at his performances. "I'mma rock your sh-- and make fun of you. I'm clowning them like 'F--- these n---as. You gonna have to find something else to rock, 'cause we gonna make people laugh at you.' ... That's how people should look at the Klan and racism — as a joke — because they're f---in' lost."

Joints To Check For:

  • "Klan Members." Right off the bat, Bishop lets us know that Dre ain't buggin'. The newcomer has flow, and while he's really cocky, he's also coming equally profound. You have to rewind the hook alone a couple of times to figure out what he's talking about: fakes and haters. On "Klan Members," he skates across the kind of pianos you would associate with the Dre sound — even though Focus actually produced the track. He also shouts out loved ones who are also from L.A. and rap, dismisses rumors and calls out haters. "Might as well cut up your bedsheets/ Cut holes in the pillowcase, hit the streets/ Or burn a cross by my church/ Goddamn bitch n---as, I didn't know you was some Klan members."

  • "Super Freak." The Bishop raps over a sample of the Isley Brothers classic about surviving on L.A.'s mean streets. "It ain't gotta be love or some n---- you shot/ It could be over love or some bitch you got/ Or her ex all vexed 'cause he missed her a lot. ... Jealousy is a muthaf---er/ We've all been warned that hell hath no fury like a women scorned."

  • "Don't Kill Me." The Bishop shows that he's not coming on the regular — you gotta love that. Here he raps that people would listen to his rhymes first, before the beat, and then dance later. He also promises he won't dumb down his style, regardless of what people think. The second verse is the hardest, though: He also discusses Biggie, wishes Andre 3000 would rap again and talks about BET's "Rap City" basement turning into an art loft.

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
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  • Jae Millz - The Time Is Now
  • Hell Rell - New Gun in Town
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  • S.A.S. - Coming to America

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Celebrity Faves

  Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford, clutch shooting guard for the New York Knicks, insists his team is going to make the playoffs this year. He also says that, in the locker room, the guys mostly listen to music coming out of one iPod.

"You'll hear Jay-Z for sure," he said. "Then you'll hear Jeezy, Game and Lil Wayne. Can't forget Lil Wayne. Everybody loves Wayne. T.I. too. Everybody bumps to the same thing. There may be times when we listen to Jeezy more, but lately Wayne and Jay have been really dominating the locker room. Wayne's got so much on the mixtape, but with Game, we like the song with him and Nas, 'Why You Hate the Game.' ... I'm more [into] lyrics. Jay, sometimes it could take you a few times to listen to him to really catch what he's saying. Wayne is getting to that level. He breaks stuff down, his detail is crazy. [Center/forward] Eddy Curry has been a Lil Wayne fan ... for a long time. So I gotta give it to him. He's been putting us on him."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  Tony Yayo
Tony Yayo has a laundry list of rappers he feels are "phony." And unlike his G-Unit partner Young Buck, Yayo says he's jumping headfirst into the 50 Cent/ Cam'ron beef.

"I don't believe Cam'ron, I don't believe Jim Jones, I don't believe Lil Wayne, I don't believe Baby, I don't believe Game and I don't believe Fat Joe," he said via phone on Friday while shopping with 50 Cent's son, Marquis, in Bel Air, California.

"I feel like Cam'ron is a peon," he continued. "Let's ask the general public: When is the last time Cam'ron made a f---ing hit? It's time for these n---as to pay the piper."

Expect Yayo to give his take on the Diplomats in song on his new mixtape Finally Off Paper, the title to which is an homage to his probation being over. He calls the mixtape a "F-you to all my parole officers who got on my nerves."

As it so happens, G-Unit and the Diplomats performed at the same concert late last year in Long Island, New York. Yayo confirms that he did mock Jones when they passed each other in the hallway. He yelled "borrrin'," making fun of Jones' now-patented "balllin' " ad lib.

"I mean, I wouldn't say it started," he said, describing the animosity between the two camps. "I did say 'borrrin',' I'm not gonna lie. Rap is a competitive sport and I play around with it. Sometimes dudes catch feelings, sometimes they don't. Me, I don't understand these dudes. These dudes reach out on the phone and try to call people. After that incident, Jim, he reached out to Buck. This is what Buck tells me: Jim Jones reaches out to Buck and was trying to tell Buck to get me on the phone. I don't do the phone thing. I don't need none of these rap n---as to be my friends. My best friend sells the most records and makes the most money ... I've seen checks for $5.5 million that 50 is generating monthly just from [his partnership with] Vitamin Water.

"250,000," he continued, referring to the number of copies Jones' Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) has sold so far. "That is not a successful album under our roster. Jim was trying to reach out to me, reach out through other people from the street, but I never accepted his call. He gets on radio and says, 'Yayo, you's a immigrant. So you disrespecting every Haitian on the planet.' [Note: Jones' quote is from a Web site, not a radio station]. So he played himself like that. I'm like, 'These dudes is fools.' Jim Jones cannot f--- with me creatively. You can't be serious. Cam'ron, none of them can f--- with me creatively, and I got more money than them. I can call 50 right now and borrow $5 million dollars. It's not a problem."

Another Jimmy who Yayo has a problem with is Game's manager Jimmy Henchman. Yayo confirms that they had a confrontation at last year's Mixtape Awards that basically caused the Apollo Theater ceremony to come to an abrupt end.

"I seen Jimmy Henchman at the Mixtape Awards. He says to me, 'Sak pasé' [Creole for 'what's happening']. I say, 'What is up with your man Game? Don't "sak pasé" me.' Ask Henchman how I shut down the Mixtape Awards. N---as was screaming Henchman's name and I said, 'F--- Henchman.' Me, I gotta fall back from these dudes. Dudes feel it's just rap, and when you see them, they don't want no beef. Buck just ran Game out of the club in Vegas. Now there's rumors that Game is trying to call Jeezy's phone and trying to get in touch with Buck. F--- Game!" (Click here for photos from the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas.)

Yayo says he does have love for his old 'hood of Southside Queens and is hyping a guy from those parts: Mazaradi Fox. The New Yorker appears on Yayo's new underground record, known in the streets as "It's a Stick Up."

"He's a standup n---a from Southside," G-Unit's self-proclaimed Energy God said. "50 f---s with him hard-body. I know the n---a. I know his pops. We give n---as from the 'hood opportunity."

  Felicia Pearson (Snoop from "The Wire")
Also on "It's a Stick Up," Yayo gives a chance to Felicia Pearson, better known as Snoop from the HBO drama "The Wire." Both Fox and Snoop may be signing to Yayo's new label, which he is thinking of calling Hollow Point Entertainment.

"I got up with her one day, she told me she wanted to rhyme, I threw her on the track," he said. "She's interested in getting in the game. I'mma open my arms to anything that's new that people want to do. I learned that from 50."

Yayo says Finally Off Paper should be out this week, while his new album will come sometime after 50 drops Before I Self-Destruct in June. Right now Yayo's LP is called Godfather of the Ghetto, but he said he's playing with another name.

"My last project, I did it blindfolded," he insisted. "I did 750,000 [copies sold] on house arrest. I'm having fun with it. This new album, I'm calling it I'm 50 Cent's Tax Write-Off. I really don't care if it sells or generates any money towards Interscope, because Interscope only cares about three people: Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. I'm not going to sit here and grow gray hairs over it. I'm gonna give you the best music possible because 50 is going to make sure I'm all right. I can do five shows with 50 and make ... over $100,000 being his hypeman. So me going on tour with 50, I can generate millions of dollars that a artist would make doing shows off their own album." ...

Everybody knows Prodigy has been making noise lately with his impending Alchemist-assisted Return of the Mac mixtape, but P's not the only Mobb Deep member with a joint about to bubble. P's partner-in-rhyme, Havoc, is putting together two projects: his long-awaited official solo debut and a producer-driven album.

The latter album, Kush, will feature Gail Gotti, 40 Glocc and a few other of Hav's QB homies. Hav revealed to MTV News last week that the LP is set to drop after P's album in May and that he's debating the first song to leak — right now it's between "I'm the Boss" and "Get Off My Di--." Hav says his solo effort should be out by the end of the year but that he wants to showcase a few artists before getting into his own album.

"I feel like a rapper first, but nowadays I feel like a producer first, too," Hav explained. "I'm not even looking for radio spins — not to say I wouldn't mind it, but I didn't make [Kush] for that reason. Not to say the music is any less, it's just me."

Havoc added that Mobb Deep will be back in the studio by the end of the summer to follow up their G-Unit jumpoff LP, 2006's Blood Money. "After everybody gets they solo thing off, we gonna come back and regroup," he said. "It's gonna be better than 99 percent of the albums out." Look for the Mobb album early next year. ...

Fabolous says his new video is going to be so bright it'll be hard to watch. Late last week, he and Young Jeezy filmed the clip for "Diamonds," the now-official first single from his From Nothin' to Somethin' LP. Yes, Young Jeezy, not Lil Wayne. Def Jam released a version of the record that had Fab going back and forth with the originator of the term "bling bling," but for the album he's going with a new version featuring the Snowman.

"We're definitely very cool with Jeezy," Fab said. "Wayne is on a different label, I think it was ... some industry politics, but I didn't get in the mix of it. Me and Wayne are still really cool, but what we did was put Jeezy on the record to clear all the confusion of the back and forth. I didn't really have a lot of time; he came in, stepped in and did his thing."

Since Jeezy's voice was already sampled on the hook, Fab says it was "a natural fit." In the video, they both shine.

"I gotta play up to the position," the Brooklyn MC said. "The video is called 'Diamonds,' so I had to come with the ice work on — the ice with the on and off switch on it. So I came through; people were blinded by the occasion. I had the Rich Young piece. That's the promo piece. I threw the herringbone in there. I had some black diamonds. We had some Jacobs; I switched the watches up crazy. We went real chunky on the wrist."

Fab's From Nothin' to Somethin' is now due April 17.

  Greatest Groups of All Time
It's time for the experts of the MTV News Brain Trust to scream and shout at one another once again, as we continue to celebrate the Greatest Hip-Hop of All-Time. This time, we're saluting our picks for the 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Groups. Click here to see who we chose as our 10th, ninth and eighth selections. All week long, we'll roll out the rest of our list as well as comments from you, the readers. Be sure to check it out, tell us what you think and, oh yeah, send us your own lists.

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