Mixtape Mondays: Mick Boogie, David Banner, Joe Budden, Game

Boog collects Kanye West's Essential early releases.

Artist: Mick Boogie

Mixtape: Kanye: The Essentials Collection

Representing: Cleveland

The 411: With names like 50 Cent, Joe Budden, Lloyd Banks and Jadakiss having dominated the mixtape game for what seems like forever, some of Kanye West's early underground gems may have gone under the radar — if that's possible, being that a mixtape is pretty much already under the radar. Now that Kanye has risen up the ranks, Mick Boogie felt it was the perfect time to bring back some of Kanye's unjustifiably overlooked ditties.

Joints to check for:

  • "Selfish" featuring Slum Village - Love is in the air here. Kanye tells anyone trying to steal his girlfriend to back up, because among other sacrifices he's made, he paid for her to have breast augmentation. Besides, West is way too fly for anyone to steal his lady love. "If y'all fresh to death," he raps, "then I'm deceased."
  • "Guerilla Monsoon Rap" featuring Talib Kweli, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch - Give it up for the backpackers society's dream team just for referencing the deceased WWE legend Gorilla Monsoon. Kanye doesn't actually get in any time here to drop a verse, but in the words of "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "Woooooooo!"
  • "Kanye U.K. Freestyle" - In this track, Kan gets his Rodney Dangerfield on, rapping about a girl who thinks she knows it all, a heavyset girl who reminds him of Lady Eloise (Eartha Kitt) from "Boomerang," and being mistaken for a racist.

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • Meddafore's Draft Picks: Second Season
  • DJ Rhude's Jay-Z B.C. (Before the ROC)

  • DJ Absolut's The Greatest!

  • Rob N Hood's Respect the South II and R&B Relaxation III
  • DJ Big Mike's Get the Money and Run Part 3

'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar

  • Mobb Deep - "Got It Twisted"
  • Trina - "I'm Leaving You (Big Ol D)"
  • Akon featuring Styles - "Locked Up" (remix)
  • Lil Scrappy - "F.I.L.A."
  • T.I. featuring Trick Daddy, Mack 10 and Twista - "Rubber Band Man" (remix)

Copped That Disk: Most Mixtapes Sold

For the week of March 1-8

Moussa: Vendor, NYC Music World in the 42nd Street Bazaar in Times Square

  1. Big Mike - Get the Money and Run Part 2
  2. G-Unit - All Eyez on Us
  3. DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Part Three

Celebrity Favs

Aside from his own MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water LP and the single "Crank It Up," David Banner is on Ludacris' Chicken-N-Beer tour and is the producer behind T.I.'s hit "Rubber Band Man." His favorite mixtape right now? "My boy Aziatic Black straight outta Mississippi," Banner said. "It's got a lot of the local acts straight from the crib, and he's mixing it with the tightest cuts in the country. I also love DJ Dramatic out of Atlanta with Gangster Grill 10."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

The beef between Joe Budden and Game looks like it's fizzling out now. In "Game Over," Budden's dis track aimed at the newest G-Unit member, Joe rapped, "Do the math, you ain't sell sh-- and I sold 500k more than that." Meanwhile, Game took shots at Joe in "Budden, Budden": "You had 'Pump It Up,' that was a cool song/ You only sold 10 records now, n---a, move on."

Budden said the beef stemmed from a long history of the G-Unit taking subliminal shots at him — allegations the Unit deny. Things bubbled over after DJ Clue released his most recent mixtape, Thee American Idol. The CD has a cut called "Cross Country Connection" featuring Stack Bundles, Game and Budden.

"I did a song on the Clue mixtape with a kid called Stack Bundles, and I thought that was it," Game said last week. "A couple of months later the CD comes out and all of a sudden Clue and Joe Budden decide to put Joe on the same song as me, taking subliminal shots at G-Unit. I felt disrespected by both Clue and Joe Budden, being that they know I do business with G-Unit. They know this is my second family.

For the record, Budden denies his line about fake gangsters was directed toward 50 Cent and company.

"I felt like they put my back on the wall," Game continued, "and in order to get off, me and my management team made several attempts to reach out and squash it before it was anything. We didn't get no calls [back,] so we all decided that he did take a cheap shot and that it was OK for the Game to address it. So I did. Joe Budden responded back with some little corny freestyle."

On Friday, Budden and Game got a chance to talk out their differences — on air. The two were guests on Sway's "Renegade Radio" morning show on Hot 97, and sources within both camps now say the beef is being diffused.

For other artists featured in Mixtape Mondays, check out Mixtape Mondays Headlines.

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