Hip-Hop Editor's Note: What's up, fam? We switched it up a little this week. We still have a main pick, but don't be surprised when you click on the video and see none other than G-Unit's Tony Yayo. We're gonna give you a tease of his upcoming S.O.D. mixtape. You can read more about that in the Streets Is Talking section. OK, now onto the rest of this feature.
DJ: Hevehitta and DJ Unexpected
Mixtape: Year of the Aftermath
Representing: Rare gems from the Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit family
411: With all the talk of the Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit "three-headed monster," Hevehitta went back in the vault and culled a bunch of underground classics and cutting-room-floor vintage material. There's a record called "The Glow," which is said to be 's first-ever song, as well as the original version of "Renegade," which features Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" instead of Slim Shady with .
Joints to Check For
» "Who U Rep With" by and the Bravehearts (featuring 50 Cent). Simply classic. Too much time and bad blood has passed to ever think about a Nas and 50 Cent collaboration, but their combination from almost 10 years ago still holds up. What could have been! Be sure to look for "Projects Too Hot" as well. That also rang off in the underground back in the day.
» "The Way I Be Pimpin" by (featuring Royce Da 5'9"). This beat ended up being the instrumental for The Chronic 2001's "Xxplosive." Hearing the beat makes you wonder why he never added his raps to the final version.
» "Imagine" by (featuring Dr. Dre and ). This track is way more up to date than what's featured on the mixtape, for the most part. It was a track from Snoop's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and it should have had a video. It was just featured in the closing credits of "Entourage" a couple of weeks back.
Hood's Heavy Rotation
» 40 Glocc (featuring and ) - "On the Blocc"
» Anthony Hamilton (featuring David Banner) - "Cool"
» Cam'ron - "Oh No You Didn't"
» (featuring Jay-Z) - "Lost" remix
» Killer Mike - "Sampson"
» Nina Sky (featuring Pitbull) - "Curtain Call"
Last week, told us how proud he was of his buddy Lil Wayne. This week, the Terror Squad Don expressed pride when speaking on the most vocal member of the squad: .
"I feel so proud," Joey Crack said. "Khaled is gonna make more money than I ever made in this business, because he's more of a politician than me. He's able to work with more people. He lives every day like it's his last."
Crack is also surprised by Khaled's ear. "He signed Ace Hood," Joe said. "I was like, 'I really don't know. Are you sure?' He comes to my house. ... He puts on that Ace Hood album. That Ace Hood album is gonna surprise America. This Ace Hood album is sick. I ain't saying that because it's Khaled's artist. I wouldn't put my name on the line and my word behind that if I didn't mean it. Very impressive."
Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
No doubt about it: Eminem is back. He announced his comeback for later this year, and he wasn't just talking. He dropped the "I Am Having a Relapse" freestyle last week, and the buzz around those few bars has been louder than for a lot of people's singles.
We love Marshall Mathers' spit game just like you do, so we decided to salute him by digging up a vintage freestyle from the Detroit king. He visited the MTV offices around a decade ago and dropped hot lines off the dome.
Mixtape Monday co-creator and Senior Producer Rahman Dukes was right there for the Slim Shady experience. In his own words, he tells us how it went down:
"It was the year prior to Eminem's debut album coming out. MTV.com was producing 'The DJ Stretch Armstrong show,' a half-hour audio program. The concept was, Stretch would bring in an artist, and they would give us an exclusive freestyle. Other artists we highlighted were Capone-N-Noreaga, Big Pun and even Sway, which marked his introduction to the MTV News family.
"We were the first folks to bring Em to the MTV building. He had a fractured arm at the time but still came through and spit off the top of the head, as noted in the video clip. The freestyle centered on [Eminem's manager] Paul Rosenberg giving Em one-word associations to rhyme to. Months later, Em's "My Name Is" video hit the channel, and the rest was history. I'm just glad to say we were the first ones to bring a musical legend to the building. FYI, the freestyle happened on the 29th floor, in what's now the office of [MTV Executive Vice President for Multiplatform Production, News and Music] Dave Sirulnick." ...
says the video for "Swing Ya Rag" — an undeniably mammoth musical moment on Paper Trail — is one for the vaults. Tip and shot the video many weeks ago, around the same time as the "What Up, What's Haapnin' " clip. However, the two companies mentioned in the song were not excited about the prospect of full-on visuals for the record.
"We did it, and it came out hot," Tip said of the video. "Louis [Vuitton] and Gucci started trippin' about it. They were saying we were infringing, in one way or another. They weren't happy about it. They didn't want it to come out. But it's hot, though."
One thing the King of the South doesn't need is another headache. He's planning his tour and shooting the film "Bone Deep." Still, the fans would love it if the lost video mysteriously hit the Net on a blog or something.
Tip has moved on, and a video for "Live Your Life" with is on the way shortly. There's also still hope for a "Swagger Like Us" video and a major performance.
"I hope we can pull that off," Tip said of a video featuring song co-stars Jay-Z, and . "That was the definite intentions initially. We have to see when everybody is all available. I'm available whenever they are." ...
Next week, hide the kids and put granny in the back room — the G's are coming. We have something big from 50 Cent and G-Unit. In addition to highlighting Tony Yayo's S.O.D. mixtape, we have some other treats for you. Stay tuned. In the meantime, the Talk of New York explains his street CD's title.
"S.O.D. means 'swammies on deck.' A swammy is [a firearm]," Yayo explained. "It's a saying in Queens, swammy. I'm heavy in the streets."
"The mixtape came out, and we did a hardcore collabo where we abused the ['Dark Knight'] theme, because we thought the movie was so crazy," DJ Whoo Kid added about the tape. "Yayo is built like Joker."
Yayo is even made up like the Joker on the cover.
For other artists featured in Mixtape Monday, check out Mixtape Mondays Headlines.