Mixtape Mondays: Redman, G-Unit, Cam'ron & More

Def Squad rapper issues first street CD, Ill at Will Mixtape Volume 1.

Artist: Redman

Mixtape: Gilla House Presents: Redman - Ill at Will Mixtape Volume 1

Representing: The Brick City, NJ

Previous mixtapes: None

The 411: After more than a decade in the game, Redman has decided that he, too, must evolve with the times. The Def Squad's cleanup hitter has come with his first mixtape, not only with the intent of re-establishing himself, but to introduce some of the new MCs in his Gilla House crew.

Joints to check for:

  • "I C Dead People" featuring Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Big L and Big Pun - Eminem produced this record. Here, the Funk Doc Spoc samples lines from his deceased peers to help him finish off some the sentences in his rhymes.

  • "Bricks Standup" - Red raps over Jay-Z's "What More Can I Say" and declares himself the best pound-for-pound spitter in the rap game. "If Jay heard the verse, he ain't mad."

  • "Search 4 Barney" - One listen to this freestyle will erase any notions that Red has lost a step. He declares he still has his mojo, shamelessly tells the world he needs a loan from Jay-Z to buy the New Jersey Nets back and promises to leave MCs shaking like Muhammad Ali.

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • Tapemasters Inc.'s Tapemasters Inc. Present Red Heat

  • Grafh's I Don't Care: The Mixtape

  • Rob N Hood's The Show's Over

  • DJ Wats' Mixtape Police Most Wanted

  • DJ Lt. Dan's The King of What's Poppin'

  • Big Mike's Get the Money & Run Part 2

  • DJ Clue's Thee American Idol

  • DJ Whoo Kid & Supa Mario's D-Block the Mixtape

  • DJ EFN's Vol. 20.5

  • DJ Mo' Fire's #1 Draft Pick Pt. 1

  • All Access The DVD Magazine

  • Young Focus' The Birth of Young Focus

'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar

  • G-Unit - "I'm So Sorry" and "Where I'm From"

  • Cassidy featuring Mashonda - "Get No Betta"

  • Beanie Sigel - "You'll See"

  • DJ Kay Slay featuring Fat Joe, Joe Budden and Joe - "Not Your Average Joe"

  • Ghostface Killah featuring Missy Elliott - "Tush"

Copped That Disk: Most Mixtapes Sold

For the week of February 23-29

Yusef: street vendor - 165th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Queens, NY

  1. DJ Whoo Kid and the G-Unit - G-Unit Radio Volume 5: All Eyez on Us

  2. DJ Envy - The Big Game 3: March Madness 2004

  3. DJ Kay Slay - Addicted to Beef Pt. 2

Celebrity Favs

Atlanta's T.I. is currently sizzling with his hit "Rubber Band Man." The video features P. Diddy, Usher and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, among others. The MC formerly known as Tip doesn't have to look far for the street CD that excites him the most. "My favorite mixtape of the moment is T.I. & the P$C Meets Gangsta Grillz: Special Edition," he said. "What makes it so special is that it's the first time in Atlanta hip-hop history that two of Atlanta's biggest mixtapes makers [the P$C and DJ Dramatic] came together to put out one product."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

Cam'ron's Purple Haze LP has been pushed back until later this spring, but the agile-tongued leader of the Dip Set is pushing on with promotions. Killa is gearing up to shoot a video for "Shake" with one of the newest Diplomats, J.R. Writer. ... Meanwhile, Juelz Santana is working on the follow-up to his From Me to U. ... Cormega is getting himself back in effect. He's finishing up his Legal Hustle compilation with artists from his independent label of the same name. In addition to newcomers such as Dona, Banger, Lake, Miz, Chaundria Brown and DMP, he's also worked with Ghostface, Kurupt and Jayo Felony. The first song to hit the streets from the May 11 LP is "Let It Go" featuring M.O.P.

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."