Shyne, Rakim Help G-Dep Step Out Front

Bad Boy supporting player goes solo with Child of the Ghetto.

G-Dep has been getting all his shine taken lately. Those adorable kids in his video for "Let's Get It" stole the show with their Harlem shimmying. Then, instead of getting his name seared into viewers' consciousness by having it listed in the video's credits, the song and video were reserviced as a Three The... track just as it started taking off.

But turnabout is fair play. G-Dep has done his share of prop pilfering; it's how he became a Bad Boy in the first place. After his good friend and fellow Harlemite Black Rob politicked him onto a clean-up hitter's role on Mase's 1999 posse cut "Down the Line," P. Diddy became so enamored with Dep's on-beat/off-beat conversational flow, he wasted no time making another addition to his roster. Now Dep is ready to evolve into the star of the show with his debut, Child of the Ghetto, due in early August.

Although "Let's Get It" — which was originally credited as "G. Dep featuring P. Diddy and Black Rob" — is on the upcoming Bad Boy Compilation 2001 ... The Saga Continues, it will also be a track on Dep's album, according to a Bad Boy spokesperson. Another one of Dep's labelmates featured on Child of the Ghetto is Shyne, who engages in a murderous exchange of clout speaking with his rhyme cohort on "Keep It Gangsta." (RealAudio excerpt)

"Who them n----as with big guns and big di---," Shyne asks on the chorus before going into a freestyle about coming back to life as a rapper, the strife of going to court and being "two shells from hell."

Rakim, Kool G Rap and Carl Thomas also recorded with G-Dep for the LP.

The first single from Child of the Ghetto will be "Special Delivery." No word yet on when the song will hit airwaves.