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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes

DJ : Whoo Kid

Representing: Wherever the money is at

CD: Hell Up in Hollywood: Crack City

411: Whoo Kid is down with everybody, and on his new mixtape, he advertises appearances from Kelly Osbourne and Pamela Anderson, but it is Tracy Morgan who dominates here. The man we last saw as a cross-dressing cheerleader in "The Longest Yard" gives his take on everything from crack abuse to Michael Jackson. Kelly O., meanwhile, disses Paris Hilton, saying her 15 minutes are almost up.

Joints To Check For :

  • "I'll Hurt You" remix by Busta Rhymes featuring Eminem. This record leaked several weeks ago, but it was just a Busta solo track. Rhymes has reloaded and now reappears with a verse by Marshall Mathers. If you think playing with puppets has made Em so so soft, you just have to peep his style as he gets down on this Scott Storch beat and raps about leaving the mic covered in lyrical manure.

  • "Stay High" by Three 6 Mafia featuring Young Buck, 8Ball and MJG. This is going to be one of the biggest songs of the summer — you heard it here first. It's nothing but a Ten-A-Key thing, baybay, as Memphis legends Three Six, Ball and MJG put the lights out with Cashville's Buck. The beat has enough energy to leave you intoxicated. Maybe that's what they are talking about when they say they'll stay high till they die.

  • Various Tracy Morgan skits. Whoo Kid conducts an interview with Morgan that sounds more like a standup comedy routine. Morgan is as raw as Rudy Ray Moore and Richard Pryor combined. He riffs on everything, even his own uncle Jerome, who became addicted to crack at age 30. "He didn't steal my remote control, he stole the batteries out of my remote," Morgan says. "I told my wife not to let him in the house no more."



Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • DJ Rondevu's Knights of the Roundtable
  • Word of South's Round My Way Vol. 1
  • DJ Rukiz's Hustla's Manual











'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • "Pimp a Few" by Jay-Z featuring Aztek
  • "Soul Survivor" by Young Jeezy featuring Akon
  • "Maybe We Crazy" by 50 Cent
  • "Somebody Gotta Die 2nite" by Cam'ron featuring Freaky Zeeky


Celebrity Faves

Tego Calderon just signed a joint-venture deal to put out music on his Jiggiri Records through Atlantic Records. Tego will release his first full-length LP, The Underdog, in the fall. Calderon says that while he loves all types of music, he has very fond memories of listening to rock because it helped him learn how to play instruments.

"Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motörhead," he said of what influenced him as a kid. "Me playing the drums, I had to listen to practice. So that's what I used to do, listen to a lot of metal to practice my drums."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

President Carter has found his next dude: a Colombian MC from Houston named Aztek. The young MC has one of the best looks any new MC can get, as many people are hearing him for the first time on a freestyle with none other than Jay-Z himself.

Jay and Tek originally recorded the freestyle — which uses the beat from Mike Jones' "Back Then" and a sample of the Notorious B.I.G. — for the third installment of Hova's S. Carter Collection mixtape, but when Hov decided to scrap plans for the tape, they felt it would be perfect to place it on Aztek's self-titled street offering, hosted by Cipha Sounds and DJ Camilo.

Aztek is the lead artist on Jay's new Latin music imprint, Roc La Familia, and was brought to the attention of Jay's friend/president of Roc La Familia, Juan Perez, via a videotaped performance. After Jay saw the tape, he met up with Aztek and was quickly convinced he should sign him. ...

"Human Crack in the Flesh" is teaming up with "Da Snowman." Harlem's Juelz Santana and Atlanta's Young Jeezy are dropping a mixtape, hosted by Green Lantern and DJ Drama, at the end of July.

"He's a good dude," Santana said last week of Jeezy. "I been hollering at him, letting him know how much I f--- with his music. He's been hollering at me, letting me know how much he f---s with my music. We did one song, it came out crazy and he was like, 'Let's just do a mixtape together.' I was like, 'Hell yeah, let's do it.' We been working on that the last week and a half and it's been coming out crazy. It's basically going to be us together. There will probably be one or two songs where he's doing him and I'm doing me, but the main reason we're doing the mixtape is for us to be together."

Besides the Jeezy joint effort, Santana says he's also dropping a solo mixtape at the end of July called Fiend Out. Juelz's official LP, What the Game's Been Missing, drops in September. ...

Usher hasn't started to think about his next album yet, but he's getting plans in motion to launch his Us Records label soon. In the coming months, the label will release the soundtrack to his movie "Dying for Dolly," but before that, Ush says that he's putting out a mixtape to highlight his artists. One act you can bet is going to be on there is rapper Rico Love. Ric is an up-and-comer and has already been working on his debut with the likes of Cool and Dre. In the meantime, though, he's been busy penning such records as Usher's "Throwback" and Marques Houston's "All Because of You."

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




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