Q-Tip, DMX, Xzibit Plug Protégés

With almost every major hip-hop artist championing a protégé or three, it's hard to find enough guest spots on big name albums to give all of the newcomers a chance to shine. Happily, an upcoming compilation called "Next Up: Blunt Blends Volume 2," combines a number of stars and their sidekicks.

The album will see DMX teaming with young Ruff Ryder Drag-On, Q-Tip rhyming with up-and-comer Consequence, Fat Joe's Terror Squad showcasing Cuban Link and Triple Seis, and Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella camp members Memphis Bleek and Da Ranjahz.

Also on "Next Up" will be Lord Tariq with the Money Boss Players, The Whoridas with 3rd Rail, Xzibit trading verses with Montage, the Lost Boyz with Dave Bing, and Queens representative Khadafi with Napoleon and Killer Shah.

"Next Up: Blunt Blends Volume 2" is due for release in early 2000.