Mixtape Mondays: DJ Big Mike, Jimmy Jones, Fat Joe, D-Block, Bow Wow

Consistency continues with mixtape sequel to last week's Dead

Artist: DJ Big Mike

Mixtape: Dead or Alive Part 2

Representing: Connecticut

The 411:Big Mike continues his consistency and follows up last
week’s Dead or Alive with a mixtape sequel.

Joints to check for:

  • “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” by Fat Joe and Remy Martin – Whoever thought the
    Terror Squad was dead needs to take a real close listen to Joe and
    Remy’s instant street anthem. “Still n—as wanna go against Crack, but
    that’s like Earl Boykins going against Shaq,” raps Stephon Marbury’s
    rotund best bud and the Squad’s Presidente, while Remy backs up her
    Bronx compatriot with her brass-knuckle-braggadocio barrage of lyrics.
  • “Respect” by D-Block – It’s Sheek Louch, J-Hood and Styles P paying
    homage to Notorious B.I.G. by spitting over Big’s track for “Respect.”
    Sheek, who on this freestyle may be the first MC to reference Dave
    Chappelle’s now-legendary Rick James skit, proclaims that Biggie is
    still the king and that rappers should “kiss the ring of his dead
  • “Live From Fight Club” by Remy Martin Vs. Lady Luck – Fight is
    actually a weekly gathering in New York where MCs battle for cheddar.
    These women prove ain’t nothin’ sweet about the new generation of
    female lyricists, and ain’t nothin’ sacred in this battle for bragging
    rights and five Gs. Rem and Luck threaten parents and each other and
    downplay one another’s rhyme prowess. “I thought Amil was trash, but
    G–damn Ma, your flow is worse,” Luck raps in one verse.

Don’t Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • DJ Clue’s Thee American Idol Part 2
  • DJ Warrior and King Tech’s Ill Street Dues II: Coast to Coast
  • DJ Exclusive’s Luthaism
  • DJ Killatone’s Out of Pain Comes Glory
  • Icarus’ The Crowning

’Hood’s Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar

  • Fat Joe and Remy Martin – “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”
  • J-Kwon featuring Chingy and Murphy Lee – “Tipsy (Remix)”
  • CNN featuring Thugged Out Militainment – “Boom”
  • Pastor Troy – “I’m Ridin’ Big”
  • N.E.R.D. featuring Common, Q-Tip, Mos Def and De La Soul – “She
    Wants to Move (Remix)”

Celebrity Favs

Bow Wow, caked-up teen titan and star of the upcoming “Johnson Family
Vacation,” loves the drama. “My favorite mixtapes are by Kay Slay the
Drama King, ’cause he always drops the hot new exclusives you’ve never
heard. He’s even got me on one of his tapes.”

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

Diplomat capo Jimmy Jones is fast-tracking his debut LP, Jim Jones
the Ghetto’s Advocate on the Way to Church.
We’ve been hearing Jim
rap here and there ever since his boy Cam’ron came on the scene in
1998, but now we’re going to get the full picture. “You’ll get the
whole progression from hustling. … Rap is so cliché, but
everybody has their own story. I came up hard,” Jim said last week,
sitting in his Manhattan office. “I’m just trying to put my story out
there. You know, there were times I was not going home for four days
straight, not showering for three days straight because I was on a
serious grind. [On the album] I’m talking about all the hopelessness,
the baby mothers, the fathers not there.”

The first big serving of angst Jim is serving comes via “Certified
Gangsters,” which features Game and Cam’ron. (Lil’ Flip is on a remix.)
“A certified gangster is like Geronimo Pratt, Che Guevara, John Gotti,
Malcolm X, Martin Luther King,” Jones explained. “Anybody that’s about
that business, that real business, making a mark. It ain’t have to be
good, it ain’t have to be bad, but it’s about being a strong, powerful
person. It ain’t about love, it’s about the respect factor.”

Jones and company shot the video in Carson, California, a few weeks
ago. “It was the Boo Yaa Tribe that let me do the video in their old
’hood,” J.J. said. “The whole video was their houses, their backyards,
their LoLos, their warehouses. They showed me nothing but love. The
real players from Cali, the certified gangstas showed me what was
good.” Aside from the Tribe, real street figures such as Bone, who
acted in “Training Day,” also appears, as does the son of Eazy-E.

While Jones doesn’t have a concrete release date for his LP, he does
have a slew of guests lined up to lend vocals to the project, including
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Rell and Fiend.

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.”