Mixtape Mondays: Styles P., Method Man, Jadakiss, Kanye West

Yonkers DJ tells his Ghost Stories.

Artist: Styles P.

Mixtape: Big Mike and Supa Mario Present Ghost Stories

Representing: Yonkers

The 411: After listening to 30 tracks of Styles' freestyles, it's hard to dispute his claim of being "the hardest out." He goes from letting off automatic gunfire to telling kids that there are serious repercussions to running the streets. Elsewhere he raps about just trying to get by, then gets boastful and not only proclaims to the hardest but the best. Big Mike and Supa Mario, who's the president of D-Block Records, have compiled a bundle of offerings where the Ghost vents over beats by everyone from Wu-Tang, to Eminem to Nas.

Joints to check for:

  • Untitled freestyle - David Styles is a problem. Here he raps over what sounds like a throwaway beat, but his words are so dicing, you have to listen. "I let you know I'm a hypocrite, I flip quick 'cause I don't really give a sh--/ You born again Christians, I'm born again crisis."
  • "Don't Front" freestyle - Styles is at one of his most wretched points. No really, he admits it. Employing scratching on one his old verses, he admits to being "too foul to go to the mosque."
  • "New Standards" freestyle - It's hard to imagine any rapper coming in and doing any justice to the beat for Raekwon's "Verbal Intercourse" after Rae, Ghost and Nas ripped it to shreds almost a decade ago. But Styles brings his Yonkers motif to the track and actually does the instrumental justice. "I might as well be a Wallace, because I get more techs than Rasheed/ I'm nice like B.I.G. is, I'm the greatest of all time/ I'mma say it just like Ali did."

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • Smack DVD and Mixtape
  • DJ Rondevu's Dirty Bu$ine$$
  • Curtains' Young Brooklyn the Mixtape Vols. 1, 2 and 3
  • Lt. Dan's The King of What's Poppin' (Chopped and Screwed)
  • DJ Bobby Black's Down & Dirty 6 and The Golden Era

'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar

  • Bone Crusher featuring Ying Yang Twins - "Take Your Clothes Off"
  • Mario Winans featuring Black Rob - "This Is the Thanks I Get"
  • Jadakiss - "The Champ Is Here" (see below)
  • Ghostface featuring Jacki-O - "Tooken Back"
  • Alchemist featuring Nas and Prodigy - "Tic Tic"

Celebrity Favs

"That new Green Lantern joint Armageddon is dope," says Method Man, co-star of the upcoming film "Soul Plane." "This kid on there, Stat Quo, is killing it. Stat Quo is definitely rated next. He keeps its simple, but he's grimy with it. He's spitting pimp juice." Meth's new LP, Tical 0: The Prequel, is due May 18.

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

Listeners of Jadakiss' "The Champ Is Here," don't think that Kiss is doubling up on his lyrics. Sure, the song starts off with a verse Kiss also used on "Time's Up," but he wasn't actually part of the process when Green Lantern put together the record. But now, with the song hot in the streets, Kiss is back in the lab recording new verses for an official version of the record. Speaking of remixes, Kiss also has a new version of "Kiss of Death" coming out featuring Stat Quo and T.I. ...

If you catch the new installment of MTV's "Diary," you'll see Kanye West excitedly work with an unknown MC he calls Bumpy during the show's final act. Well, the mystery is over. Bumpy, who will officially record albums as Bump J, inked a deal with Atlantic earlier this winter. He doesn't have a release date, but everyone in Chicago has heard his raps. Apparently he made himself hot via underground freestyles — a la 50 Cent — and the demand for him was so strong, Chi-Town radio station WGCI-FM played his music for about an hour one night and the industry took notice. ...

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."