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Mixtape: The Wizard Is Coming
Headliner: [artist id="1215"]Ghostface Killah[/artist]
Co-Starring: J-Love, [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist], [artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist], Mary J. Blige, Raheem DeVaughn and others.
Key Collaborations: Basically the entire mixtape.
Essential Info: "What a joy we made from the love we made." Raheem DeVaughn definitely does need to use the Auto-Tune, and despite his computer love in the vocal booth, he laces the chorus to Ghost's single "Baby." The record is the first official offering from the September release The Wizard Of Poetry. (Obviously you can tell by the title of the mixtape that it's to promote said album.) J-Love assembles over 20 Ghost R&B collaborations, such as "Summertime" with Beyoncé, the "Chosen One" remix with Jaheim and the remix to Faith Evans' "Again." Our big beef with the tape is that Love did not include Bulletproof Wallet's "Never Be the Same" with the homie Carl Thomas (C. Teezy!!!).
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The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
"Wolves in the back, ready to attack." Last week [artist id="1190"]Raekwon[/artist] dropped his official single from his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II LP, "House of Flying Daggers." The song features Inspectah Deck, Method Man and Ghostface Killah.
"It's classic Wu," Rae said about the feel of the track. "This album is basically a flashback of where we came from. Everybody knows us from the karate skits, the different formats of how we set up our men and we do a RZA/Wu track sounding joint. It's this kind of record. I think that this is what everybody wanted from the Clan. RZA didn't even make the beat — J Dilla made the beat. This one is interesting for hip-hop. I feel this was carved out for dudes to definitely slam."
Rae said Dilla actually handcrafted the beat for him when they met years ago.
"Around the time the brother passed away and went to heaven," Rae said of when they met. "I had an opportunity to talk to him on the phone before he passed away, and he was excited about me working with him and likewise. I didn't know he was so heavy at what he does. I felt this one was real special and I wanted to give him his shine on it.
"That video is gonna be crazy," the Chef added. "You know me, I'm a creative dude — so I'm thinking of all different kinda ways to structure this project and let people know we taking it all the way back. I'm going for fans that knew what it's supposed to be."
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