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Artist: Lloyd Banks

Representing: The G-Unit

Mixtape: Mo' Money in the Bank Pt. 4

411: 50 Cent has unleashed the beast once again. After riding side-by-side with 50 during his rise to prominence and dropping his own album in 2004, former Mixtape Awards Artist of the Year Lloyd Banks hasn't been as vocal as his fans would like. He's popped up occasionally on the immaculate street scud missile "Simple Ain't It" and Mobb Deep's recent "Stole Something," to name a couple but certainly not often enough for people who appreciate the Boy Wonder's composed-but-cocky tone and unremitting metaphors.

Fans are about to get more than they bargained for: Mo' Money in the Bank Pt. 4 is the first of two mixtapes with DJ Whoo Kid before Banks' second LP, Rotten Apple, comes out this summer. The second street CD, the Blue Hefner mixtape, should be out in the next few weeks. Whoo Kid is already scheming to get Hugh Hefner himself to host a release party for the mixtape, and Banks wants to shoot his next video at the Playboy Mansion.

"They gonna see man, I'm not stressing it," Banks said about the ease with which he's been able to record two mixtapes, his first official ones in two years. "I wasn't pushing a car or nothing. This is natural. If I don't some get kind of award for [Mo' Money 4], I've been jerked."

But there's no need to look ahead: Gang green season is already upon us.

Joints To Check For:

  • "Take a Picture." "I dictate the future," he raps over Jay-Z's "Dopeman" instrumental. "Look what my punch lines did for rap/ Inspired the new jacks." "[There are] punch lines all through it," Banks said of the freestyle. "It's controversial because I address a few issues. All I been hearing from people, they want my response about all the WrestleMania stuff [G-Unit's lyrical battles with Game, Fat Joe, etc.]."

  • "Gang Green Season." So what is "gang green season"? Banks says it means nobody else gets to eat this year except the G-Unit. "That's' the introduction to the tape," he further explained. "It's only 16 bars. I wanted to keep it short and light. It's basically telling [people] what gang green season is, starting a whole movement."
  • "Lamborghini Lloyd." Here Banks says his mom is so proud of him that she could do four flips. But the standout line in this freestyle, which uses the beat from Cassidy's "AM to the PM," "Still on stage with the hammer like Gallagher." "I actually addressed issues on that one also," Banks said. "I felt like airing out, man. That rhyme right there is 40 bars. That's why every verse on the mixtape is 30 to 50 bars except 'Gang Green Season.' I had a lot to say."

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

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  • Dutty Laundry's Leaders of the New South, Vol. 4
  • DJ Clue's Clue Vinci Code
  • Mike Johns' Mike Johns Presents ... Ridin' Dirty
  • Burn It Down Music's F--- Ya Life, Vol. 3

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Celebrity Faves

WWE superstar and "See No Evil" terror Kane says he's heard of Big Daddy Kane but isn't very familiar with his music. The Big Red Machine is up on Kiefer Sutherland, though, and if he had to pick a TV or film character to use as a tag-team partner, he says Jack Bauer would be the one.

"He would do whatever it took to get the job done," said Kane, who enjoys Rush, Led Zeppelin and Queensrÿche. "Break their thumb, shoot 'em in the knee. He does all that stuff."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  DJ Whoo Kid
DJ Whoo Kid is in the Middle East this week touring with 50 Cent, but before he jetted, he made sure he left something behind for the streets. As mentioned above, Whoo worked with Lloyd Banks on his new mixtape, but by the end of this week, a new Shady Records mixtape should be at a bootlegger near you. It's called The Re-Up and marks the return of Eminem.

"Em's sh-- is gonna be ridiculous," Whoo Kid boasted last week. "I'm gonna make so much money, I don't know why I'm going on tour. The return of the Emster and the whole Shady going hard. Everybody is on point. Obie [Trice], Stat Quo, all their artists. It's gonna be more of a hungry Shady, back to the grind. Plus me and Alchemist are putting it together, so it will be ridiculous."

Besides freestyling off familiar beats, Alchemist gave the Shady squad some new tracks to rhyme over.

"It's about what we pick to be on the mixtape," Whoo Kid added. "It will be extra songs I'll bootleg on something else later. But the fact that Em is coming back, I'm just happy to be a part of that."

In addition to the mixtapes Whoo Kid is doing with the whole Shady/ Aftermath /G-Unit umbrella — there's another Mase mixtape coming in a couple of weeks — he and Red Spyda just finished a remix of Bobby Brown's "Lying Eyes," which has not been released quite yet.

"I'm just trying to help him," Whoo Kid said of Brown. "I'm not trying to f--- with him. You know how the industry be attacking him? I'm genuinely trying to help him. I really want to kidnap him and put him in the studio for three days and do some incredible sh--."

When he's done with the R&B king, Whoo Kid hopes to lock in the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He said he'll probably get with MJ sometime in July ...

  Brooke Hogan and Paul Wall
"Whatchu gonna do?" Well, if you're Hulk Hogan, get a gangsta grill!

The Hulkster is clearly down with hip-hop, having popped up at parties hosted by Diddy and Jay-Z. Now he's recruited Paul Wall to put together an icy grill for him.

The people's champ already made one for Hulk's daughter, Brooke, since he co-stars in her "About Us" video and wanted to make sure she was fresh.

"Since I was doing the video with Paul Wall, I had to have the diamonds in my mouth," Brooke explained. "He unveiled [the grill] at the video shoot, and I started freakin' out because it's so cool. It doesn't necessarily mean that I'm trying to be or make myself something I'm not. I'm not trying to be urban or something people won't believe. But he made it for me and I was like, 'You know what? This is a tribute to Paul.' Paul is making my dad some [grills] right now. He's already got the molding form the dentist."

Brooke said she'll be doing plenty of dancing in the video and jumping rope like her pop's good friend Sylvester Stallone did in "Rocky."

"The song was produced by Scott Storch," she said. "He's the executive producer. There was no intimidation from my father at all. Scott was genuinely interested in me."

Brooke and Storch are halfway done with her debut, Undiscovered, which comes out September 26. Nelly Furtado wrote one song and Beenie Man appears on another ...

The often malcontented DMX still sounds a little bitter about how his relationship with Def Jam ended. During his recent trip to the U.K., he barked that today's Def Jam reminds him of yesterday's Bad Boy.

"Puffy — P. Diddy, whatever — when he signed the LOX, Dee from Ruff Ryders bought me to Puffy too and was like 'Yo, you got to listen to X,' " DMX recalled. "And [Diddy] was like, 'I don't know, his voice is kind of rough and he's not marketable enough.' A couple of months later, I got the Def Jam deal and [Puff] was like, 'Listen, whatever they gave you, I'll double it.' I was like, 'No, because if you didn't know what to do with me then, you ain't going to know what to do with me now.' And that's pretty much like [me recently leaving Def Jam]. I'm glad I was able to get out of that situation because it's clear they didn't know what they were doing." ...

If you think Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse make an outrageous pair, wait till you get a load of what Rhymefest is doing with a rapper who gave everyone the "Vapors" in the '80s.

"I'm working on something very special with one of my favorite rappers of all time," Rhymefest said. "We working on our little Gnarls Barkley[-style] thing. He's gonna do beats and choruses and sh--, and I'm gonna rhyme."

Rhymes wouldn't quite come out and say who it was, but we were able to pry a few "hints" outta him. So here are a few (wink wink) for you: He's a champion beatboxer, he used to be down with the Juice Crew, and he can't carry a tune to save his life but had the whole world singing, "You! You got what I neeed!" Now go get your Sherlock Homeboy on.

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