Artist: [artist id="1219435"]Bow Wow[/artist]
Mixtape: Half Man Half Dog Vol. 2
411: Bow Wow says he's going to be the best rapper of 2009. All eyes are on him.
"I just used my YouTube for the full potential," he said about releasing a myriad of freestyles virally last year before he released his first mixtape Half Man Half Dog. "Every time I do freestyle, and put 'em up, I get over 300,000 views just by being in my house. If my fans want it, I'mma give it to them. I do it as a hobby. I'm a mixtape fanatic."
With his album New Jack City II due at the end of March, Bow just dropped a single called "You Can Get It All," a radio-friendly joint aimed at the ladies. We all know the young homie can do that — it's a hallmark of his career. But we will be surprised to hear him on the next mixtape Half Man Half Dog 2, as the almost 22-year-old makes a full-blown declaration of adulthood — and he's potent with the lines.
"Bow is keeping it hip-hop," DJ Infamous said about some of Bow's beat selection to freestyle over, such as the LOX's "Money, Power & Respect" and [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z's[/artist] "22 Two's." "Besides just being on the hottest records in the South right now, he's keeping it hip-hop. That's what we're bringing to the table. He's a veteran in the game but we're the young cats keeping it alive for the streets."
Bow says that making a mixtape is just an outlet to show his other skill set.
"For me, it was something that had just really been embedded in me," Bow explained. "A lot of people don't know that I was discovered by [artist id="1133"]Snoop[/artist] and [artist id="1061"][Dr.] Dre[/artist]. Snoop was such an influence on me. It's always been in my blood to rap. When I got with [[artist id="450135"]Jermaine Dupri[/artist]], JD cleaned me up a little bit and did the right thing. That's the reason why I'm here right now. But it's always been in me to rap.
"I use the mixtape thing for fun," he added. "I hit Infamous up and said, 'Let's do something special for the people, a show-and-prove, show-and-tell type of thing that I can really do this.' It's no different from an NBA dude — when you see an NBA player go to [New York's] Rucker [Park street-ball court]. They bring a different game to the park. They don't bring the regular NBA game. It's two games I can play. I can hit you with the radio songs to sell records or I can do something else."
Joints To Check For
» "Underrated." "It was just me speaking the honest-to-God's truth," he said, referring to a line where he scoffs about people doubting he pens his own lyrics: "He don't write his sh-- that's what they all say/ But they don't say nothing when [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] writes for Dre." "I do feel like I'm underrated. People put the rappers that don't sell records on the same pedestal as somebody who might have sold 30 million records. You can't do that; it don't add up.
"A lot of people kinda overlook my accomplishments. I'm the youngest artist to ever go #1. I headlined seven arena tours. People overlook that. How can you not give me that credit? But you'll look at somebody who has one album, might have come out and sold 30,000 records, but he has the #1 rap single. But you think he's better than me? No way. The stats don't lie. You can't compare that. It's not equivalent. I get criticized so much. 'Who wrote this? He can't be writing this. That was too nice.' Y'all get on me so much but there are so many other rappers who don't write their raps but y'all like 'em. I write all my stuff. I'm just speaking for myself on how I feel."
» "On Fire." "That's one of Infamous' favorites," LB Dub said. "Drumma Boy did the beat. It was weird how I approached the record. The beat was so hard, I said, 'I'm gonna find somebody talking about fire or how not to put out a fire.' That's why you hear it on the hook. I'm just talking, but I got samples talking about fire. It's about just attacking it. A real gritty, grimy record, doing what it is I do."
» "Ambition" "I redid the 'Ambitionz As a Ridah' joint," Lamborghini Moss declared. "I did it first just as video over my YouTube [channel]. When I did it, I said, 'I'm gonna put it on the mixtape.' It's a straight verse, me writing and having fun with it. It's one of the hardest beats ever made. Shout out to Daz, who made it. And the rest is history."
Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
» Joe Budden - Padded Room
» Superstar Jay - I Am Mixtapes Part 16 (hosted by Tony Yayo)
» Masspike Mile - The Pursuit of Happiness
» [artist id="1938028"]Gucci Mane[/artist] - King
» DJ Benzi and Dope Couture - The Jetsetters
» [artist id="509000"]Memphis
Bleek[/artist] - Feed the Streets
'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
» [artist id="3297"]Bone Thugs-N-Harmony[/artist] - "The Game Ain't Ready"
» Gucci Mane - "Stoopid"
» The LOX - "I Get it In" freestyle
» Capone-N-Norega (featuring Mobb Deep) - "Wobble Wobble"
» [artist id="1746755"]Chamillionaire[/artist] (featuring the Game and Ludacris) - "Creepin' Solo" remix
» [artist id="1873941"]Omarion[/artist] (featuring Lil Wayne) - "Comfort"
The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
We give equal time here at Mixtape Monday. Last week, Rick Ross confidently said he should sell more records than 50 Cent. This week, we let the creator of Pimpin' Curly respond.
"I thought that was the funniest thing he could come up with," 50 said, laughing off Ross' prediction of 12 million records sold for Deeper Than Rap.
"Why is there a [artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist] and [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist] [beef]?" he asked. "It was just bad timing. It was publicity for his part why he jumped out there, but bad timing and no plan. He's gonna get mauled. People are gonna look at it like, 'Wow, that was like a Mike Tyson one-minute-and-thirty-second knockout. You didn't make it past your second week's sales.' "
The [artist id="1237480"]G-Unit[/artist] ringleader insisted that their battle is going to damage Ross' career.
"When people get more publicity than they usually get — from an artist's standpoint — and it has nothing to do with their music, what usually happens is you make the public totally aware of you," the Queens native explained. "Which is good until the release date, and you see no one has bought your record. The public is totally aware you're trash and your material's not generating any interest. That's when you do the damage to yourself, because you don't want more publicity than your actual music is commanding."
Fif also had jokes about a Ross vlog where the Boss said he was way more fashionable than the G-Unit.
"He says things like he's really stylish," 50 scoffed. "Gucci, they have a European cut that even I can't get into a lot of times — so I'm sure there isn't anything in the whole store he can fit in outside of a scarf or maybe a hat.
"It never gets worse than this," 50 added. "You get a guy that was a correctional officer come out and base his entire career on writing material from a drug dealer's perspective. When he loses this [battle], he can't even go back to his day job because the correctional officers are upset that you wanted to portray that message. He's gonna work at the pizza shop when I'm done with him."
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