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— by Shaheem Reid and Joseph Patel with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes

Crew: The Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Representing: BK to the fullest and B.I.G. forever!

DVD: "The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A."

411: "My sister went to sleep with my brother," "God don't care how many records you sold" and P. Diddy is a "selfish mutha----a" are all some of the revelations that people such as Lil' Cease, the Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Mase share in this new DVD.

The disc goes in depth into the M.A.F.I.A.'s story from the last decade plus. We see their origins with the Notorious B.I.G. to their falling out with Lil' Kim to what they say really sparked the Death Row/ Bad Boy feud. The great thing about the M.A.F.I.A. is that they appear to have videotaped everything. Word on the street is that the DVD was put together by editing just six videotapes. The crew is said to have way more footage, and they are already working on a part two.

There's some real exclusive stuff here, such as behind-the-scenes in the Bad Boy locker room during Summer Jam '97. It was really a family atmosphere. You see Mase sitting between Styles of the LOX and Black Rob. "Check me at the God hour," Mase keeps yelling into the camera for no apparent reason. There's also Lil' Kim chilling and laughing with Carl Thomas, and even a bald-headed Cam'ron was in the mix, peeping game.

Joints To Check For:

  • B.I.G. in the studio. Unfortunately this is all too brief, and Biggie appearances are all too sparse on the DVD, but wow. To see Big in the studio doing his thing while recording "Respect" and "Warning" is remarkable. The M.A.F.I.A. even tell the real story behind the song "Who Shot Ya." According to them, it was originally supposed to be a posse cut with Big, Keith Murray and LL Cool J, but Big murdered two verses and took over.

  • Why Kim left the M.A.F.I.A. It just doesn't seem right to mention the JM without Lil' Kim, but the once-cohesive unit is no longer as one, and Kim is definitely not messing with her former crew. As they tell it, the falling-out started when Kim started having an affair with M.A.F.I.A. member D-Roc. Roc threw Kim out of his house one day, and Cease, who was present, would not open the door for her to return ("I was gonna stay out of it," he says).

  • The loss of B.I.G. and Tupac. It gets so surreal here. Cease tells about the night when Tupac got shot in New York in 1995 at Manhattan's Quad Studio during a botched robbery. Cease claims that Tupac's assailants did not shoot him five times. In fact, he alleges, Pac shot himself in the groin when he was reaching for his gun. Cease also infers that the shooting must have scared the robbers and that's when they shot him.


Cease and company also reveal stories of when Pac and Big were close friends, and the leader of Thug Life used to come and hang out in Brooklyn.

The M.A.F.I.A. also detailed the night of Big's death, shooting footage in L.A. and recreating the ride in the Suburban when he was shot. The most heartbreaking moment of the DVD comes when Cease explains that he always heard that when someone dies, they defecate on themselves. After the shooting, when Big was being pulled out of the Suburban, Cease noticed a large wet spot on Biggie's pants.

For a long time, Cease refused to go to the hospital, but finally entered when it was confirmed that Biggie was dead.

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • DJ Lennox's Live Big
  • Mista Rello & Jadel's Sexy Music, Volume 3
  • E-Nyce's Premo Beats: Hip-Hop Legend
  • Joey Fingaz & DJ Moet's MY Hood A Tu Barrio
  • DJ Kay Slay's Protect Ya Neck (hosted by Ron Artest)







'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • "Number One Spot" by Ludacris
  • "More Reasons" by Cam'ron
  • "Get Ya Sh-- Together" by T.I. featuring Lil' Kim
  • "Mello" by Freeway
  • "Oh Baby" by Memphis Bleek
  • "The Wolves" by Ghostface


Celebrity Favs

Common, one of Chicago's finest, is currently working on some thought-provoking musical stew to be served up in 2005. He says big up to the true school. "I usually go back and listen to a lot of old hip-hop to inspire me, whether it be Nas' Illmatic or Only Built for Cuban Links by Raekwon. Some of the songs I liked that came out this year are 'Jesus Walks' [and] 'Why.' I like Nas. I'mma go get his album today. That's some of the good hip-hop to me. People say hip-hop is dead. Nah, that ain't what it is. It's still some good hip-hop out there."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

Ja rules, but we're not talking about Jeffrey Atkins. We're speaking of Juelz Santana's 5-year-old nephew Ja'quaye, who is nicknamed Young Ja. Ja appears, singing, "Y'all got a problem, his name is Santana/ You don't wanna play around, we'll squeeze them hammers" on Juelz's new theme song, "S.A.N.T.A.N.A." Ja also stole the show last Tuesday in Harlem, getting onstage at the Apollo Theater and performing with the Diplomats for the first time ever.

Santana says he's not at all surprised by how his relative has been able to handle himself.

"That's my dude; he's a young me," 19-year-old Santana beamed. "He's a young star. He's got that swagger. He'll come up to you and be like, 'What's good? What's poppin?' It's like hanging out with a cool-ass 15-year-old. He's only 5! I see something in him. Everybody that's ever ran into him says he's a star."

Santana says the light bulb went off in his head to musically connect with his nephew after seeing the tyke vibe to his records.

"He be boppin' to some of my hard songs," Juelz described. "He showed me kids listen to hard music. I said if I had him on my hard song, the kids will love it, and my fans will love it. Sometimes I just go to that dude for inspiration, just like some older rappers I know watch me. For you to stay fresh, you gotta get with what's young, what's coming into style."

Young Ja will be appearing a couple of times on Santana's upcoming solo LP, and Juelz says his young homie is being groomed right now to rap, should he want a career on the mic.

"He's seeing things," Juelz laughs. "It's happening, but it's not going too fast. I don't want him to get overwhelmed by this sh--."

Talib Kweli is back on the streets this week. He just released his The Beautiful Mixtape Volume 2: The Struggle Continues. The disc has 15 new Kweli joints, including a bunch of songs first leaked on an unfinished version of his official album, The Beautiful Struggle, earlier this year. Kweli's not one to be boxed in by labels, so he does his thing with the likes of Snoop, the Game, Ghostface, Ludacris, Common, Saigon and David Banner. Check "Tryin' to Breathe," with Killa Mike, produced by the Midi Mafia, the best song Kweli left off his album.

Just Blaze has finally settled on a home for his Ft. Knox Entertainment. One of Jay-Z's favorite producers to work with has just inked a deal with Atlantic Records to release Saigon's long-awaited debut The Greatest Story Never Told for sometime in 2005. Of course Just is doing a bulk of the production, and the word on the street is that Saigon, who has been devouring mixtapes for the past few years, is almost done. Do ya thing, kid!

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




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