Mixtape Mondays: DJ Kay Slay, G-Unit, Usher, Kanye West, Brandy

Harlem Streetsweeper ups fav cuts from new LP.

Artist: DJ Kay Slay

Mixtape: The Streetsweeper Vol. 2: The Pain From the Game

Representing: Harlem, New York

The 411: “This album isn’t like a lot of albums coming out
today,” Slay said of his second official LP. “We’re in a crisis of good
music. Most albums have hot videos for one song [the single]. The
average album, you’ll hear three or four records you like and hate the
other 14.  My album is a consumer’s dream. We have a lot of real hot records up there.”

Although The Pain From the Game is officially being sold in
stores, it still has the diverse mixtape flavor Slay always brings.
Eminem, G-Unit, the Diplomats, Twista, Lil’ Flip, Obie Trice, Memphis
Bleek and Jaheim are just some of the names who contributed to the

Other mixtape picks

Slay is currently in negotiations to shoot a video for the
album’s second single, “Not Your Average Joe” by Fat Joe, Joe Budden
and Joe. (“Who Gives a … Where You From” by Three 6 Mafia was the
lead cut.)

Joints to check for – The Drama King himself speaks about three
of his favorite cuts on the LP:

  • “Face Off” by Ghostface and Scarface – “Ghostface is my favorite
    rapper. He’s a brother whose music I could always feel the realness [of
    in his verses]. Scarface is a brother who I listened to when I was
    getting back into the music game. He has hard lyrics and a hard tone.
    When he raps, I could feel it in my veins.”
  • “The Truth” by LL Cool J – “LL broke down the whole street game and
    music game from the ’80s era to the present stage it’s in now.”
  • “Angels Around Me” by G-Unit – “I like the energy of the record. It
    reminds me of their song ’Gangsta Sh–.’ It’s a realistic street
    record. Young Buck sets it off, then comes Lloyd [Banks] and 50. It’s a
    balanced joint.”

    Don’t Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

    • DJ Big Mike’s Dead or Alive Part 1
    • DJ Lt. Dan/Chops/Kanye’s Changing Lanes
    • DJ Graffiti’s Bling Free Vol. 3
    • Talib Kweli’s The Beautiful Mixtape

    ’Hood’s Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar

    • Usher featuring Jadakiss – “Throwback (Remix)”
    • Jim Jones featuring Game and Cam’ron – “Certified Gangstas”
    • Brandy featuring Kanye West – “Talk About Our Love”
    • Lil’ Wayne – “Bring It Back”
    • The Diplomats – “My Posse’s on Broadway”  

      Celebrity Favs

      Jermaine Dupri has once again proved that the youth is to be seen and
      heard — his teen act J-Kwon has the #3 song in the country with
      “Tipsy.” The head of So So Def and boyfriend to Janet Jackson says: “My
      favorite mixtape right now is Snoop Dogg’s Welcome 2 Tha Chuuch …
      [Vol. 5].
      Snoop isn’t rapping over the same beats as everybody

      The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

      One of the hottest records to be put on the mixtapes this week has to
      be the street remix to Usher’s Just Blaze-produced “Throwback.”  While
      on the album version, Usher laments about lost love all by his lonely,
      the streets are eating up a reworking of the record where Jadakiss
      chimes in with his own brokenhearted thug second-guessing. “I’m wishing
      we could throw back to that exact spot where we found L.O.V.E. at,”
      Kiss raps. “I lose some and I lose again, when I gonna win some? I said
      a lot of things outta anger but I meant some.” Last week in NYC, Mr.
      Entertainment said he was not aware of any remix with Kiss rapping on
      it, but he did say he catered to Jada’s hometown of New York while
      constructing the cut with Blaze this past Valentine’s Day. “It ain’t
      just a normal R&B record,” Usher said. “I’mma give you an explanation
      of what I felt when I heard it. You know how Puff and Mary [J. Blige] got together and Mary has always had that realness that identifies with
      a hip-hop audience and R&B audience at the same time? [’Throwback’] is
      that. That record really has a New York feel to it.” …

      We all know that Queens’ Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is one of the most
      viable artists in the game today. We’ve heard a million times about his
      rise from the gutter to fame and fortune. A DVD is in the works that
      also tells the story of 50 Cent — not the rapper, but the
      legendary street figure from Brooklyn. Record executive/manager Jimmy
      Henchman’s Infamous Films Inc. is currently finishing up the first
      edition of a ’hood-meets-“60 Minutes” video series called “Infamous
      Times.” The introductory episode tells us about the life and times of
      Kelvin “50 Cent” Martin. “The original 50 Cent was one of Brooklyn’s
      most ruthless and fearless individuals and someone I knew well as a
      youth,” Henchman said. “We felt a need to tell his unique story and
      allow the fans to truly understand the origins of the legend who
      inspired the biggest name in rap.” Through interviews with 50’s family,
      friends, gangster peers, former enemies and even the chart-topping 50
      Cent (“He was very helpful,” Henchman said), “Infamous Times” examines
      not only Martin’s notorious street background, but also his intimate
      family life. The DVD will also take an in-depth look at Bloods in
      Brooklyn, the wholesale drug trade in New York’s Washington Heights,
      new handgun silencers and automobile bulletproofing. …

    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.”