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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes, Corey Moss and Curtis Waller

DJ : Mick Boogie and Joey Fingaz

Representing: Hip-hop's dream team

Mixtape: God's Gift

411: We finally have that Jay-Z and Nas collaboration we've been waiting for. Well, not exactly. Boogie and Fingaz have put together some of their verses and constructed songs. This pieced-together work is so major, just imagine if they did it for real. Here's to dreaming. Nas actually hosts this mixtape.

Joints To Check For:

  • "Life." Why is it that RZA's "Rainy Days" beat still can crush any track that's out today? That beat really is a slept-on classic. Meanwhile, to hear Hov's lyrics from "Allure" over the soundscape really makes it sound like he sat down in 36 Chambers Studio to make this record.


  • "Style." It's really bugged out to hear Jay ad-libbing while Nas lays the chorus. "All of y'all know my style," Nas raps. "Know my style," Hov chimes in. "Spend dough, but I still let it pile," Nas continues. You'll definitely recognize their verses.


  • "The General, the President and the Senator," featuring AZ. There aren't too many MCs you would want to hear rap with Jay and Nas. Sosa — who was present during the historic New Jersey "I Declare Peace" concert — is actually one of them.


Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • DJ Whoo Kid and Eminem's Hollywood Homicide
  • DJ Kay Slay and Papoose's Unfinished Business: The Best of Papoose
  • Kool G. Rap's Dead or Alive
  • A-Team's Hard Hood 3
  • Sickamore's I Can Make You Famous 3 and Spot: The Good Spot
  • The Rub's It's the Mother----ing Remix #2
  • Burn It Down Music's F--- Ya Life
  • Konkrete Kaos' Where I'm From
  • The Lady of Rage's VA to L.A.
'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • "Get Your Grind On" by Notorious B.I.G. featuring Big Pun, Freeway and Fat Joe
  • "First Things First" by A-Team
  • "Rumble, Young Man, Rumble" by Juelz Santana
  • "Simply Ridin' " by Quan
  • "How the Hell" by Ludacris featuring Young Buck and I-20
  • "Check Up on It" by Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug
  • "Dumb Out" by Joe Budden
  • "The Infamous" by Mobb Deep featuring 50 Cent
  • "When I'm Gone" by Eminem




Celebrity Favs

  Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige, who can be seen in Lil' Kim's video for "Lighters Up," says the Queen Bee is spiritually powerful. "Kim is just my baby," Mary said. "If I never had a child, Kim would be. ... She's my sister. She's my little cuddly friend. I hug her and kiss her, and I tell her it's gonna be all right. I always tell her, 'You're strong.' She's the strongest little person. Nothing really fazes her. I was like, 'You're about to go away. You all right?' She was like, 'I'm OK baby. I have my days,' and she just went back to work. Kim is really a remarkable person. I love her."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  Lil' Wayne
Lil' Wayne isn't just learning lessons in college, he's learning about himself as an MC. He says he's heard the criticism in the past about how his raps were more about style than lyrics. So he went back in the lab and refined himself. Tha Carter came out, and all gripes about him were silenced.

"I studied myself for y'all," Weezy said of his continuing evolution as an MC. "For those fans, I studied. Why weren't they listening to me? What was I doing wrong? I'm not going to sit here and say what I did wrong, but I found it out and I fixed it. And now you will see the difference."

If you love Wayne's rhymes, you better listen to all you can now. He says that in three years he's putting his mic stand in the closet and focusing on something other than rapping. ...

  Clipse
The Clipse have had their wings clipped yet again. The court proceedings to have the group released from Jive so they can reunite contractually with Star Trak Entertainment are still going on. They're not free yet.

A frustrated Pharrell Williams says he can't speak too much about it, but he's aggravated.

"The album is a tricky situation," he said of the Clipse's next project. "I've been mummed. In a nutshell, they're locked in a situation that there's not much I can really do. I'm not happy about it. It's a bad situation. And I know God is watching, and I know he's gonna rectify the situation and the Clipse are gonna be home soon. Other than that, it makes me want to say crazy sh-- about the company they're with, it makes me want to say mean things. But nothing good comes out of being negative. All I can do is be positive. I know God brought us too far to drop us off here." ...

  Master P
Jigsaw better get ready to say "Ugh!" Master P wants to put a whuppin' on the serial killer from the "Saw" series. P said he's been tapped by his friend, "Saw" producer Mark Burg, to star in the next sequel.

"The black guy is not dying as soon as the movie is going on," P laughed. He and Burg have known each other since working together on the 2000 film, "Lockdown." The music mogul says he's been brought aboard to give the film some more edge.

"He was like, 'P, we did all these different "Saw"s. I want a street person it to take it to the next level.' " P said he's been sitting in on some of the scriptwriting and is trying not to get killed off in the movie.

There's no official word from "Saw" distributor Lions Gate Films confirming a third chapter.

The rapper/mogul/actor — whose independent charity album with 504 Boyz, Hurricane Katrina - We Gon' Bounce Back (all proceeds go to victims of the disaster), is due Tuesday — is heading off to Romania to tangle with another formidable film foe, Jean-Claude van Damme. P and Jean-Claude play assassins trying to kill each other in the flick.

"It's all good," P said of Jean Claude. "He's good people. He's quiet, and he do what he have to do." ...

  Littles
You're always supposed to give back to the 'hood, and there's no time when we see more celebrities giving back than the holiday season. This Thanksgiving, Queensbridge underground MC Littles is partnering up with Indiana Pacer Ron Artest to supply some of the less-fortunate residents of the 'Bridge with turkeys.

Littles said he and Ron Ron have gone 50/50 on 2,000 turkeys so far and are planning to purchase up to 1,000 more. Prior to Thanksgiving, there will be a huge turkey giveaway and a dinner held that same night. After the dinner, professionals gathered by Littles will conduct seminars on formatting résumés, managing checkbooks and job-interview etiquette.

Next week, Littles is headed over to France and will be filming part of his next DVD, "Reloaded Part II," in some French housing projects.

"I know people in the projects out there," Littles said. "It's a war zone."

"This [DVD] is gonna be hotter than the last one," he added. "No talking, no narrating. Straight hour-and-10 minute DVD where you watch and it's action from the beginning to the end."

Littles said there is also going to be a mixtape to go along with the DVD. Both should be out before the end of the year. ...

  Ashanti
The new trend in R&B? Sing over an old Nas track and get God's Son to rap on the track. Joe uses the beat from "You're the Man" and gets brand-new rhymes from Nas on his new track “Get Ta Know Me.” Meanwhile, on Ashanti's new track "Love Again," she takes the beat from Mobb Deep's "Eye for an Eye" and keeps the classic guest vocals Nas used back in '95.

"Actually, it's on the remix album [Collectables]" Ashanti said recently. "I always loved that beat [from "Eye for an Eye"]. Irv [Gotti] and I came up with the idea to use it, and we remixed the record."

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




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