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— By Shaheem Reid

Artist: G. Dep and DJ E. Nyce

Mixtape: The Deputy: The Sheriff Is Back in Town, Volume 1

Representing: Harlem

411: A few years ago it seemed like G. Dep would be Harlem shaking his way to the top of the charts after he, P. Diddy and Black Rob dropped "Let's Get It." The video was on fire, the song was thorough, so why do we have to jog your memory when mentioning the featured performer on this week's mixtape? Well, that's because Dep wasn't able to piggyback off the success of that record. His 2001 Child of the Ghetto LP was bootlegged several months before its release, and despite critical praise, he couldn't move many units. Adding to his troubles, Dep unwisely aired some dirty laundry when he discussed his drug problems with a couple of publications. Despite not being on Bad Boy anymore, the Deputy seems to be back on track with this mixtape. He's even advertising his new LP, called Ghetto Legend.

Joints To Check For:
  • "Remember This." Dep yells out producer Tony Dofat and his former label on the record. The bass rumbles almost instantly, and G. lets his seamless flow go. "Put it on your list/ If you don't remember nothing, remember this," he advises of those who have slept on him.
  • "We Don't Believe You" featuring Black Rob and Ice Shuler. Hey, here's another nice blast from the past, Dep's longtime friend Black Rob. Rob's health and legal problems have kept him from hitting up the mic consistently the past few years, but here he still has enough fire to make you say "whoa!"
  • "Dep's Threat." Dep sounds like he's a kid again freestyling at the lunchroom table, trying to prove he's the nicest one in school with his words, while using the instrumental from R. Kelly's "A Woman's Threat" as an accomplice. His only misstep is that he confuses his movies, claiming to be a " 'Top Gun' like Lou Gossett [Jr.]," when in fact we all know that sweet Lou played flyboy Charles "Chappy" Sinclair in the "Iron Eagle" series.

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
  • Infamous Times' The Most Infamous Hits of All Time: The Original 50 Cent
  • J-Love's In Memory of Big L
  • Cutmaster C's Cut the Check! and Off the Radar
  • Gutta Muzic's Redman: The Doc Is In
  • Darkshadez's The Latin Album
  • DJ Kut Nyce's Blastin on Foolz Clip 2

'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • Nas - "Streets Disciple"
  • Kanye West featuring Common and Mase - "Jesus Walks" remix part II
  • Nicole Wray - "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
  • Shyne featuring Ashanti - "Jimmy Choo"
  • Diplomats - "Father Forgive Us"

Celebrity Favs On the mic, Terror Squad member/ heavyweight Miami spinner DJ Khaled loves Fat Joe, but as far as other turntablists go, he says you can't beat the oldies. "My favorite DJs are Kay Slay and Clue, but I'mma be real with you: The best mixtapes are the old classic ones, like the Kid Capris and Doo Wops. I like all the new stuff, but classicwise, you can't cop a Kid Capri or Doo Wop or Ron G tape these days. The artists really went to the extent of giving them a song and not just a freestyle. Back in the day it would be more exclusive. The old tapes last till this day. You pick up an old Doo Wop tape and hear a Pun freestyle that was phenomenal."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground In Harlem, former friends don't have much to say each other these days. In the wake of their on-air confrontation with Mase on New York radio station Hot 97 a couple of weeks ago, the Diplomats have just released a song to the streets called "Father Forgive Us." "Everybody welcoming this, welcoming that," Juelz Santana says on the song, referencing Mase's "Welcome Back." "He wasn't welcomed in the first place, how we welcome him back?" The man that was Mase's best friend back in the day, Cam'ron, weighs him, calling Pastor Betha a fake. "Harlem hustler, I can't at all knock it/ But you hard when you go in the Lord's pocket/ ... Get your Kirk Franklin on." Oddly enough, the person who threatened Mase during the Hot 97 incident, Jimmy Jones, is not on the record. Jones did holla at us last week, saying that "people may say that I put a stain on myself with the Hot 97 thing, but we deal in the truth. Betha is a liar. He's a false prophet, so we had to bring some things to light." Jimmy also closed the door on any future Dip Set and Mase collaborations, at least on his end. "I don't want to have anything to do with him," he scoffed. "Keep that the fu-- away from me." ...

The Junior M.A.F.I.A. have severed all ties with Lil' Kim and are ready to tell the full extent of the split with the Queen Bee on a DVD documentary due in October. Lil' Cease said he and his boys are going to disclose their life stories, from growing up in Brooklyn with Kim and Notorious B.I.G. up till now. Cease also divulged that the crew is basically on its own and that Junior M.A.F.I.A. haven't talked to Kim in years. Cease said he also hasn't been communicating with one of Big's closest friends. "The last time I saw Puff, he didn't even talk to me," Big's former hypeman remembered. He said P. Diddy ignored him twice in front of the mogul's Daddy's House studio. "Don't worry, we'll be talking about everything in the DVD," Cease promised. "We also have a mixtape we're working on." ...

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