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— By Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes

DJ: Rob-N-Hood

Representing: Chicago

Mixtape: Respect the South 6 (hosted by Mike Jones)

411: Everybody knows about Lil' Flip, but deep down in the heart of Texas there are some other dudes pushing rhymes like weight: newest Star Trak signee Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire and on this particular CD, Rob-N-Hood highlights another in the come-up class, Mike Jones. Hood also drops some other selections from some of your Southern favorites.

Joints To Check For:

  • "Advantage Jones." Chamillionaire, who's been noted for his lyrical prowess, really laid into Mike Jones on the recent street tape Mixtape Messiah. Here, M.J. gets a measure of revenge. Oddly enough, the two used to be down with the same clique, Swisha House. "The only reason you sold was 'cause of me/ 'Cause without me your sh-- would have been stuck in the store/ Now here's a challenge, can you do it?/ Let's see, drop a CD with no beef and see if it blows in the street," he raps. "You the past mutha----a and the future is here."

     
  • "Right Now" by Devin the Dude. One of hip-hop's most slept on, the Dude tells an abstract story of flying the not-so-friendly skies. Listen carefully, because Dev's story is not as cut-and-dried as you may think. As always, though, Devin is carefree. He sings about feeling so good he won't let anybody bring him down.

  • "Make U Scream (Part 2)" by Cassidy featuring Juvenile. You may remember Snoop Dogg on the original. Here, Cass calls on one of the hottest masters of slanguistics right now, none other than UTP captain Juvenile. Even though the record is a remix, Cass fortunately doesn't deviate too far from the playalistic part one. Juve's words don't stray too far from his "Slow Motion" motif, swaying the ladies to come under his wing, while dropping a jewel here and there about growing up in the 'hood.

    Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • DJ Drama and Lil Scrappy's G's Up
  • DJ J. Armz's R&B Edition Volume Four
  • Spitkicker & DJ Crossphada's The Next Spit Vol. 4
  • Vinny Idol and Umbrella Ent.'s The Dollarmentary
  • Nomadic Trackz's 213: Still Doin It the Hard Way remix album


'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar

  • "What You Gon Do" by Lil Jon featuring Lil Scrappy
  • "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams
  • "Good Morning" by Nas featuring Slick Rick
  • "No Problems" remix by Lil Scrappy featuring Fat Joe, T.I., Bun B and Cam'ron
  • "Ladies Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)" by R. Kelly
Celebrity Favs

Baron Davis, NBA all-star point guard, used to play against his friend, G-Unit's Game, on competing high school basketball teams. Davis has nothing but love for Queens' Question Mark Man. "I listen to every mixtape," he says, "but I'm good friends with DJ Clue, so I get a lot of good stuff from Clue. He always knows how to find stuff before it comes out. He always got his hand on the new stuff. Him and Whoo Kid, Whoo Kid is my dog. But before every game I listen to Game and Tupac."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  • Nas' "You Know My Style" is getting plenty of play on the mixtapes and radio, but the ambassador of Queensbridge says it's still up in the air if the track will make it on his upcoming solo LP, Street's Disciple.

    "We don't know yet," he says. "That's just a joint. It's like the '80s with Mr. Magic, Marley Marl and Red Alert on [New York radio station 98.7] Kiss. Records would just come out. That's what we're doing, throwing records out, feeling it out. It's a free record, that's all."

    Kelis' fiance has been throwing plenty of songs out for us to digest — a record called "Good Morning" just hit the streets, following the leaks of "Thief's Theme" and the album's title track. On "Street's Disciple," Nas practices what he preaches by looking back to rap's golden yesteryear and borrowing a familiar beat from Kool G Rap.

    "Just having fun," Nas says of using a sample of G Rap's "Road to the Riches." "This is rap, I think it's unfortunate that we have MCs that have never heard 'Follow the Leader' by Rakim. I think if you never heard 'Follow the Leader' by Rakim and you're a rapper, you're dead wrong. I don't even know what their inspiration is to write if you never heard 'Follow the Leader' or 'Set It Off' by [Big Daddy] Kane or 'Road to the Riches' by Kool G Rap or 'You Must Learn' by KRS-One. That's why I think rap is on a serious decline. But then you do have great students of the game who do care. That's why I did that record, because I'm a great student of the game."

    It's obvious Nas isn't lying. He has Kool G Rap's flow down cold on the song.

    "I was a baby G Rap," he thinks back to his influences. "A baby Rakim, a baby Tragedy the Intelligent Hoodlum. I was a wannabe MC Shan at one point, a wannabe LL Cool J. I was a fan. I always wanted to be a G Rap or one of them so I said, 'Let me just try to do that.' That's all it was, just having fun."

  • Cam'ron still doesn't have a concrete release date for his long-delayed Purple Haze album, but that doesn't mean Killa won't be heard. He's all over Jim Jones' current album, On My Way to Church, and his crew, the Diplomats, are going to release an official mixtape in stores at the end of October through Koch Records. Look for Dip Set member Hell Rell, who just got out of jail, and J.R. Writer, who recently inked a solo deal with Warner Bros., to be featured.

    Meanwhile, Juelz Santana is still working on his second solo LP and has come up with a title, He's Moving.

    " 'Cause that's what I'm doing, I'm always in the studio, I'm always moving," Santana explains. "Y'all get ready for that, Juelz Santana, human crack in the flesh. I know what it is."

    Meanwhile, things are looking up for the Haze album. Cam says he just had a meeting with Def Jam head L.A. Reid and has renegotiated his contract with the label.

    "Now we're moving forward. You know me, I'm not rushing anything," he explains. "The album is done in the vault, but business is business."

    Cam will shoot another video for the project, a remake of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," in three weeks.

    "I seen Cyndi [Lauper], she wants to be down with it," he says. "Cyndi still looks good."


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