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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes

Crew: Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Representing: BKLYN

CD: Riot Musik

411: The Junior M.A.F.I.A. are hoping their saga can finally have a happy ending. The time for making DVDs is on hold for now; it's time to finally put out some music. Not just any ordinary music, Riot Musik.

"I just wanted to do different things," Lil' Cease explained about the JM's indie release, which goes to stores on Tuesday. Banger and Klepto comprise the rest of the trio. "I just want to prove to people that I can make good music, whether it be a girl record or a hard record. Or a rock and roll record. I'm gonna try to experiment with it.

"I'm happy to be back in the game," he added. "It feels good to be back in the studio legally. Doing a real deal, being in a real studio, having budget money to give these artists to come be on the album with us and really putting an album together. I ain't really had that feeling in a minute. It feels good because I'm doing it with my peoples alone. If this thing blows, I don't have nobody to thank but my dogs."

Joints To Check For :

  • "Just Us (Like I Thought It Would Be)." The M.A.F.I.A. break out the guitars, but make no mistake, this is pure hip-hop. True to the record's title, Cease, Bang and Klept have their backs against the wall and, for better or for worse, they are prepared to walk their paths without the help of some of the people who influenced and helped shape their careers early on — such as Biggie, Lil' Kim and P. Diddy.

  • "Riot Musik." " 'Riot Musik,' we just wanted to do something different," Cease explained. "It seems like to get over in this game, you either gotta dress weird or make different music. Ain't nobody gonna invest into something somebody else did a year ago and made millions of dollars off of. I decided to go left. Just like the South got crunk music, I want New York to have our own genre of music again. We gonna make riot music."

  • "Damage Control." If anybody hasn't heard the interviews where the M.A.F.I.A. have adamantly denied snitching out Lil' Kim in her recent trial for perjury, the JM tell their side of the story again, shooting from the hip. "Two sides to every story but mines is much deeper," Cease raps. "We f---ed up by letting a bitch be a leader/ Had n---as walking around with holes in their sneaker .../ I know right now Big is turning in his grave, how we went our separate ways."


Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • DJ Scream's Only the Crunk Survive 8
  • DJ Chuck T's Down South Slangin' Vol. 15
  • DJ Envy's We Gets Busy (hosted by Jay-Z)
  • DJ Rampage's The Takeover 2005
  • DJ Kool Kid's Reggaeton City Vol. 1






'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • "Stronger" by German Luger
  • "Faith in the Streets" by Capone
  • "Summer With Miami (In Between the Sheets)" by Jim Jones featuring Trey Songz
  • "Come Fly With Me" by Foxy Brown featuring Sizzla
  • "J's at My Door" by Marc DeCoca
  • "Blackout" by Mashonda featuring Nas
  • "Gillahouse Check" by Redman


Celebrity Faves

Alchemist, newly appointed DJ for Eminem on the Anger Management 3 Tour, says there's a couple of people from whom he'll draw inspiration while spinning on the road. "DJ Premier. Always, from day one," Alchemist said. "He kept like it was on record, onstage. It was like, 'That's how a DJ is supposed to rock.' Muggs, of course. Coming up under him, Muggs always knew how to rock a party, rock a show. He still had the energy. Energy, man. You're a part of the show. They knew how to keep the party and concert live but not overpower the show."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

A few months ago, Atlanta's Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane collaborated on a record called "Icy" that became one of the biggest songs in the South. Now, just as the video is starting to gain a mainstream audience, the two are giving each other the cold shoulder.

Jeezy has a dis freestyle aimed at Gucci called "Stay Strapped" where he raps over T.I.'s "ASAP," and Gucci has a Jeezy dis record, "Round One." So where does this animosity come from? Somebody is hating, and each one is pointing the finger at the other.

"Jeezy Jr. is tripping right now," Young Jeezy said. "It ain't really no controversy. Me personally, I think he's trying to sell records. I know where I stand, I know who I am. I'm grown. I don't play them games. If you wanna play the games, who you think is gonna come out on top? Who do people love and respect more? It ain't even no competition. What's today? I give him three more weeks and [his career] is over. When that song dies, it's done. That song was a stepping stone for me, dog. That wasn't my career."

"He disrespected me and everybody at my label. He's mad 'cause I ain't let him put the song on his album," Gucci said of his record "Icy." Ironically, Jeezy has two appearances on Gucci's independent release, Trap House, via "Icy" and "Black Tee." "We was never really cool. He was paid for the songs. He wouldn't have done it for free."

Jeezy's solo debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation Vol 1, comes out on June 28. Gucci's Trap House will be released May 24. ...

Freeway says you can stop asking him the question. He is answering it in his new record.

"It's called 'Where You Been?,' " Free said last week in New York of the first single from his Free at Last LP. "It's a Scott Storch beat. I knew Scott from back in the days in Philly. He's my man. I got my man ?uestlove on the beat. Everywhere I go, people ask, 'Where you been?' so I'm answering the question."

Although Free hasn't had an album out in the last couple of years since he dropped his solo debut, Philadelphia Freeway, the bearded wordsmith has been touring with Jay-Z and making group albums with his State Property clique.

Free at Last has been in the making for over a year, and during the last six months, Freeway has been fine-tuning everything.

"It's gonna be a few steps above the last album," he said of the July 19 release. "I've seen more things, been more places, and I have a lot more to talk about. We probably have 16 songs on the album, but I been cutting for the last six months. I got a joint called 'Baby Don't Do It' with Scarface. We giving y'all game of what not to do. I got another joint called 'Do What Makes You Satisfied.' "

Mary J. Blige, Sleepy Brown, Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh and Chad West also collaborated with Free for the LP. Before the album comes out, there will be a Freeway mixtape dropping to get that street buzz going.

"It's gonna be crazy," he noted. "I have original records — sh-- didn't use for the album — and freestyles. I just been working in the stu. I don't know what DJ I'm gonna f--- with yet."

For more on the role of mixtapes in the music industry, check out the feature "Mixtapes: The Other Music Industry."




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