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Fire Starter: Young Hot Rod
Phoenix native Hot Rod, 21, has been officially signed to G-Unit Records for eight months and has already been able to secure some big names for his upcoming LP, Fast Lane. 50 and the whole Unit are on the project — which has no official release date yet — as well as Mary J. Blige. Blige sings on his first single, "Be Easy."






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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes and Bridget Bland

Artist: The Game

Representing: Him and his crew

Mixtape: The Game Presents The Black Wall Street

411: The countdown to the Game's sophomore LP, The Doctor's Advocate — which comes out on November 7 — has begun. Last week he dropped the buzz record "It's Okay (One Blood)," and his camp says the real first single is coming soon. In the meantime, the Compton trash-talker continues to churn out mixtapes. This time, he's introducing the latest lineup of his Black Wall Street label roster, with a few guest turns from family friends like Lil' Mo and Jayo Felony. On Black Wall Street, Game addresses being on the cover of 50 Cent's latest mixtape (see "Mixtape Monday: 50 Cent Strips Down The Game"), but he doesn't really rip into the G-Unit too much. DJ Skee, who put the mixtape together with Nu Jerzey Devil, breaks down a few of the tracks for MTV News.

Joints To Check For:

  • "Out Here" featuring Ya Boy, Lil' Mo, Juice and Clyde Carson. "[Mo's] a good girl. We did her part in New Jersey, in the Black Wall Street East Studios. Then we did Game and everybody else out here in L.A. [getting Mo to sing over a sample of the Jackson 5]. That's Nu Jerzey Devil and his whole crew that did it."
  • "Back 2 Back" featuring Jayo Felony. "My man Jayo was in jail," Skee said. "I helped him out, wrote a letter on his behalf to the judge. The night they let him go, he came to the studio and knocked that sh-- out. I think he was in the halfway house, that's why he talks about the recovery center. Him and Game was just going back and forth, spitting bars everywhere, trying to one up each other."
  • "Be Easy" featuring Juice, Ya Boy and Mary J. Blige. Game and company basically jacked the instrumental (complete with the MJB hook) from 50 Cent's new protégé Young Hot Rod. "You know, we was going through beats and everything, Game wanted to hop on it and say some things," Skee said. "He addressed the [50 Cent] mixtape cover and everything, but he didn't do the [whole rhyme] about them. Now he's pretty much over that sh--. We really trying to focus on the music and get his album out the way."


Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • A.L. - Where I'm From
  • DJ Bedz - Every Hood's the Same
  • DJ Chuck T - Block Chemistry 101
  • DJ Don Cannon, DJ Jaycee and Pharrell - Deja Vu
  • DJ G-Spot and Red Cafe - The Menu
  • Mistah F.A.B. - Recess
  • Vinny Idol - King of Beats




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Celebrity Faves

  Ashanti
She sings, she dances, she acts, she's Nelly's main squeeze and she's working on her new LP. "John Tucker Must Die" and "Resident Evil: Extinction" star Ashanti says she's feeling new singer Cassie, but when it comes to the old school, Busta Rhymes' old crew does it for her. "I was a huge Leaders of the New School fan," she said. " 'Scenario,' oh my God! That was my joint. 'Doon, doon, doon!' Gotta put Run DMC in there. I used to have a purple boombox. My mom bought me the vinyl record [with] 'Whose house? Run's house!' So I dubbed it to tape and brought it out on the block in my purple boombox."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  The Clipse
The Clipse say the rumors about them beefing with their producer, Pharrell, have been exaggerated, but the talk about controversy over the beat for their song "Wamp Wamp (What It Do)" is on point.

"From what I understand, the beat was originally made for Foxy Brown with Slim [already on the hook]," Pusha T said, sitting next to his brother, Malice, in New York's Battery Studio. "Then Foxy's hearing problem kicked in. After that happened, Pharrell and Jay-Z had a conversation — I wasn't there — they basically said she was counted out. We liked the beat. It was passed over."

Pusha said once Foxy's hearing was restored, Def Jam asked to have the beat back. "Jay-Z supposedly came like, 'Oh, she's back. Let's get that beat back.' That's where all the discrepancy came from."

"With us, it ain't no controversy," Malice added. "We followed the same protocol we would with any other beat. We hear it, we like it, we get it from Pharrell. We ain't go behind nobody's back to get this beat. When we get a beat, it's never contingent on 'maybe this or that.' I don't even sit down and write like that. If [a track] is mine, I do my thing to it. I don't write and wait and see. ... Maybe it's an issue with Pharrell and his people. As far as I'm concerned, it's ours. We got the record; there's nothing to talk about. I ain't got no problem with nobody. I'm great. The best thing that came out of all this is that she got her hearing back."

  Rick Ross
A rep for Def Jam had no comment. The Clipse have already leaked "Wamp Wamp" and plan on shooting a video soon. It's the planned second single from their Hell Hath No Fury LP, due October 31.

" 'Wamp Wamp,' it symbolizes a [car] horn," Pusha elaborated. "Just like a dude pulling up on a girl. He's talking to a girl, honking the horn at her like, 'What's up? What it do? Just don't stand there with your nose up.' " ...

If anybody in his city isn't already screaming "Rawwws!," Rick Ross said they will be after August 7. He'll be following in the footsteps of Def Jam President Jay-Z, performing every track from his debut, Port of Miami. Ross said performing Port will be the highlight of his album release party.

"It's gonna be legendary," he said. "It's gonna be the biggest f---ing event Miami has ever seen in the history of being Miami. Everybody is gonna be there, from Jay-Z, Diddy, Trick Daddy, Pitbull, Trina, Boyz N Da Hood. Its gonna be too much. The album release party is going to break records. I'm performing my entire album on that stage, my brother. I'm doing the entire album!"

Ross' LP comes out the day after his party. Around that same time, Ross said he and DJ Drama are putting out a Gangsta Grillz mixtape to introduce his group, the Carol City Cartel.

And if you're wondering what's become of Ross and his Boyz N Da Hood situation, he said there's no new developments, but he has recorded a couple of new songs with his friends. ...

Project Pat said not too long ago, he sat down with his poppa to discuss the inspiration for his song "Good Googly Moogly." Come to find out, the phrase came from "Sanford and Son."

  Project Pat
"Me and my daddy was talking about the song, and I said, 'Where do you think I got that from?' " Pat's pop reminded him it was a catchphrase for Fred Sanford's best friend, Grady. "I said, 'Oh, yeah.' ['Good Googly Moogly,'] that's something I would say to a girl walking by. That came out of my head. But I was wondering where I got that [phrase] from. I remember people saying it. I don't remember Grady. But yeah, Grady helped me out on that."

For the record, Pat says Beyoncé, Serena Williams and MTV's La La are some celebrities that make him say "good googly moogly."

Pat's upcoming Crook by the Book: The Fed Story is due in October, and besides "Good Googly," he's already released a track called "Tell, Tell, Tell" with Young Jeezy.

"It's fire for real," Pat said of his album. "I got one song called 'Two Dollar N---a.' A two-dollar n---a is a type of dude that before he got locked up, he wasn't no big thug in the 'hood. But he goes to jail and gets out, now he's super crook. The young guys looking up to him, they didn't check his background. When he was in jail, he was wearing a dress. Them two-dollar n---as will get you caught up to where you lose your life or end up in jail."


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