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Usually when you pick up street DVDs, you get a bunch of rappers holding guns up on the screen. Konsole Kingz comes from a different perspective: It shows your favorite rappers or DJs holding up a game-system controller. Yup, this DVD mag focuses on video games, and the current issues feature the likes of DJ Drama, Redman and Disturbing Tha Peace's Bobby Valentino.

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Street DVD: "Cocaine City Volume 5"

411: Rapper/ street entrepreneur Young French just finished up the fifth volume of his increasingly popular street-DVD series. This one has a few surprises, such as T.I. talking about learning the ways of the trap and being robbed by a junkie. DJ Green Lantern, Slim Thug, Shawna and Lil' Flip also pop up.

Joints To Check For:

  • Ice Cube's segment. Cube and Dub C go back and forth with some rhymes but are a little too faded to go for a long time. "It was in Manhattan at Platinum Studios," French said of the segment. "Everybody was twisted. Green gave me the call and told me to come by. We started interviewing them dudes, and Green made Cube rap. He told him, 'Yo, this is the best DVD coming out, and the people need to hear you live.' We also heard some of Cube's album. The music was real hot."

  • Foxy Brown's segment. They didn't get too much out of Fox here. Maybe it was the line of questioning. "Foxy got mad because we asked her about the Jacki-O fight," French said. "It was the first question we asked her. So we asked her about it, and she went off. ... We caught her in Manhattan at a store opening. She was with Calvin Klein. But she got so upset, she was trying to hit the camera."

  • Juelz Santana's segment. Juelz and French shot a video on the spot for a freestyle Santana performs over Eminem's "My First Single." There's also some concert footage from last year. "The performance was at [New York club] Speed. Young Jeezy brought him out. It was crazy. Chicks was fighting over what they was throwing in the crowd. Juelz threw a bandana and some money. The crowd was really feeling Jeezy, but when he brought out Juelz with that stamp, it was icing on the cake. Jeezy wasn't as big as he is now. His album had just dropped, so they was just getting to know him. But they were feeling him."

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • Clinton Sparks' New Crack City and Block Music: The Mixtape
  • DJ Bazarro and Mo Fire's The Last Stack a Dollar
  • DJ Ideal's Da Bottom #3 and Unleashed Vol. 6
  • DJ E-Nyce's Still On My Grind Pt. 6
  • DJ Furious' Straight Beastin'
  • DJ Jay Faire's The Mixtape Talk Show Vol. 1
  • DJ Kay Slay's The Influentials
  • Rapid Ric and Mr. Rogers' Afta Da Relays 2K6
  • Spot and Sickamore's A Dollar & a Dream
  • Statik Selektah's Soundtrack to the Summer 2006

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'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • Busta Rhymes featuring Q-Tip and Floetry's Marsha - "Get You Some"
  • Lil Wayne featuring Baby - "Stuntin Like My Daddy"
  • Royce Da 5'9" - "Ding"
  • "Lil Buddy" by SMACK featuring Young Jeezy and the USDA
  • "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera (produced by DJ Premier)

Celebrity Faves

  Kanye West
A few weeks ago on the set of Pharrell Williams' "Number 1" video, Kanye West couldn't have been more delighted to be side-by-side with Pharrell and director Hype Williams. "It's a dream come true to be working, especially with these two people right here who are legends in the game," he said. "Pharrell is one of my idols. Hype is one of my idols on the directing side. I'm just happy to be here. Just blessed."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  Yung Joc
Yung Joc says he has nothing to do with Cam'ron's latest dis of Jay-Z. A Dipset remix of Joc's "It's Going Down" was leaked with Cam ripping into Hov on the first verse. Joc says it's just an unofficial street remix.

"You know how technology is — cats will take your instrumental and do what they do with it," explained Joc, who said he hasn't even heard the Cam version. "Big ups to whoever do what they do, but don't put me in the middle of nothing. If you have a legitimate beef, do what you do, but I ain't with that beefing. I don't beef, I get money. I love what I do. I have no reason to beef with anybody except if you touch my paper or mess with somebody I love." ...

  Method Man
As you can hear from Method Man's single "Say," his outlook on some members of the media is still pretty sour. Meth's recent reading, specifically some profiles and reviews of Ghostface, has caused him to scowl.

Although he was excited that his friend got some deserved accolades, he hated how one article labeled Ghost a "former member of Wu-Tang Clan." Meth also isn't feeling how some of the stories referenced the Wu.

"I love Ghost, that's my n---a we all from the same area but I hate that they sh-- on us and big him up like that," he said last week in New York. "That's a form of separation right there. Me being a man first, a man with a family, it's like, yo, if you gonna interview my brother, interview my brother. But don't put my name in there and try to single me out while you bigging him up. I feel that's, like, a straight-out shot at me. We block n---as. We ain't Mariah Carey or 'NSYNC where a mother------ say what they want about us and we only see them on the red carpet. N---as is from the 'hood. I seen n---as get shot for talking about people's mamas. I'm coming from that. Any form of disrespect is questioning my livelihood. I'll strangle your ass."

Meth's 4:21 ... the Day After comes out July 25. He also just put out a mixtape by his longtime homie Street Life. ...

Naughty by Nature's Treach said he's not kidding himself: Most major record labels are not interested in signing a rap group that has been in the game for more than a decade and half.

"They would rather invest in a new artist that has a street buzz than an established artist who sold millions of records and knows how to market, be an artist and make a project happen," he said recently in New York. "You have to roll with the punches."

Treach is working on his first solo LP as well as the next Naughty by Nature album, which both may come out independently.

"The Naughty album looks like its going to be called Anthem Inc., and my solo album will be called O.G.ology.

"The Treach solo album is more edgy," he added. "More controversial. Naughty, once we came out, we always was the hard-core hip-hop group that were blessed with the very popular singles we put out. We found out the majority of our fans wanted to hear both. So we catered to the hard-core hip-hop thing and anthems. Mine is going to be more hard-core, but street, anthems."

While some record-label execs are not interested in what Treach is bringing to the table, the suits in Hollywood love the kid. His next film, "Face," an interracial love story, is going to the Sundance Film Festival, and he already mixed it up with Tony's crew on "The Sopranos."

"That was a monumental step in my career," he said about his cameo on "The Sopranos" as an aspiring rapper who pays to get shot in the bootie so his street buzz will grow. "It was a funny episode. I like how the writer poked fun at, 'Damn, everybody thinks they gotta get shot or stabbed or half-killed to sell records.' How stupid would it be for somebody to pay somebody to [shoot them] so they could get the pub? ... I jumped at the chance. 'I'll do it!' " ...

  Luney Tunes
Puerto Rico's production superstars LunyTunes are done with their next LP, The Benjamins, which should be in stores July 25. The album features appearances by the Tunes' good friends Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderón, Don Omar, Fat Joe and Wisin & Yandel. Wisin & Yandel are featured on the first single. (Click here for photos of Luney Tunes in Puerto Rico.)

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

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