Artists: Jay-Z; Jadakiss
Mixtape: S. Carter Collection: The Remix; The Champ Is Here
Representing: BK to the Fullest!; Y.O., D-Block and Ruff Ryders
The 411: This week is so disgusting. Not only do many of the major DJs like Clue, Kay Slay, Envy, Sickamore and Smallz have new product out in the streets, but "the Michael Jordan of rap" and "the Black Babe Ruth" are both staking their claim to the throne: Jay-Z and Jadakiss both have new mixtapes. The retired Hov is letting off one last round of his platinum lyrical artillery, while Kiss is out to bring the anticipation to a fever pitch for his June 15 release, The Kiss of Death.
Jigga's S. Carter Collection: The Remix is getting ready to hit the streets, and you can visit www.rocafella.com to hear it. The disc features remixes of songs from The Black Album along with new Hov freestyles. Meanwhile, Kiss teams with Big Mike and DJ Green Lantern for The Champ Is Here. The LP features new freestyles and Green Lantern's remix work, which finds him pairing some of Kiss' old verses with other rappers' beats.
Joints To Check For:
- Jadakiss: "What You So Mad At?" When you're the champion, of course you're gonna have a slew of contenders and unranked up-and-comers, as well as your proverbial haters and naysayers, coming at your neck. But Kiss doesn't always want to go at it in the rap ring, he likes to chill too: "What you so mad at now?/ Go get yourself a drink and let's all get down."
- Jay-Z: "Warm It Up Jay" freestyle. Leave it to Hov to big up himself while also giving props to Big Daddy and Terence Trent D'Arby: "Y'all should wish me well, like the wishing well/ 'Cause if this fails, it's back to pitching like David Wells, to make this mail/ Jay get knocked, then Jay gets bail ... Who been getting dough since '89?"
- Jadakiss: "40 Bars of Terror." Kiss absolutely brutalizes the Terror Squad's "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" instrumental, showing why he belongs at the top of the list of today's premier lyricists. Not only does he brag that his lyrics are so potent that they can be snorted or smoked in a crack pipe, he also relays a jewel that was dropped on him by an elder: "Old head told me, can't save money/ 'You useless, and all you ever gonna have is excuses, boy.' "
Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
- DJ Smallz's Southern Smoke X and The Official Slip 'N Slide Mixtape: The Dynasty Continues
- DJ Clue's Man on Fire
- Cutmaster C's True Stories
- Smif-n-Wessun's Still Shinin' - The Mix CD
- DJ Kool's Kid's Happy Birthday
- DJ Envy's New York Mixtape Massacre
'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
- Mase - "Welcome Back"
- 50 Cent - "Overnight Celebrity Freestyle"
- Young Buck, David Banner and Lil' Flip - "Welcome to the South"
- Rah Digga featuring Mary J. Blige - "It's Our Time"
- 213 - "Groupie Love"
Wyclef Jean, famed music everything-man and CEO of Clef Records: "I really like Green Lantern mixtapes. His mixtapes are like an album. Then you got Whoo Kid. For me, he's always got the crazy freestyles. I also listen to Kay Slay 'cause he's got them crazy freestyles too. You never know who's gonna dis who on a Kay Slay mixtape."
The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
Pamela Anderson has been immortalized in hip-hop history, with artists like Lil' Kim and Jay-Z shouting her out (check out Jay's second verse on "Big Pimpin'"). Now she's showing that she's really down: TV's Stripperella is hosting her first ever mixtape. The blonde bomber hooked up with producer Damizza for the second volume of the Baby Ree Mixtape 2004. Pam didn't even know what a mixtape was before Damizza called, but she gladly obliged and even showed Miz a little skin while they were recording it. "I can't believe you're making me do this stuff," Pam says during the album's opening intro. "I gotta do something here. There, I feel better — I took my top off." The mixtape features new records produced by Damizza, Scott Storch, Fredwreck and Dr. Dre; it features Jayo Felony, Nate Dogg, Butch Cassidy and Knoc-Turn'al. "Of course, Damizza is going to take over the world," Anderson said in a statement given to MTV News. "Now can I get my top back? Westside Malibu 4 Life!" ...
Dilated Peoples' Neighborhood Watch LP isn't the only big project they've been working on in the past few months. The trio have also been in the studio putting together their own mixtape, Heavy Surveillance, with the Alchemist. Al's good friends, Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep are also featured on the CD. "A lot of people came down and blessed us," said DP's Evidence. "I think it's beautiful. The thing I like about mixtapes is that they're a way to vent and show skills."
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."