Clinton Sparks & Kanye West - Touch the Sky

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Clinton Sparks is back with his 2nd mixtape of 2006 after being recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 10 Mixtape Producers at the end of 2005. He gets the ultimate endorsement here though, as Kanye West gets on board to host this special mixtape prelude to Sparks' Get Familiar, vol. 1 debut album (due out later this year!!). Clinton and the Grammy award-winning artist/producer fly into 2006 with Touch The Sky as the duo serves up an all-exclusive mixtape featuring all original tracks produced by Sparks. Over 30 exclusive tracks featuring Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell, N.O.R.E., Notorious B.I.G. & Diddy (new sh*t), Q-Tip, Nas & Jay-Z, Sheek Louch/Styles P/J-Hood, Mike Jones & Slim Thug, Freeway, Kardinal Offishall, Peedi Crakk & Young Chris, Lil' Kim and more. This mixtape also features exclusive freestyles and guest appearances from Sparks' award-winning globally syndicated radio show Smashtime Radio. With Kanyeezy on the co-sign and Mr. Get Familiar behind the boards, all there is left to do is...GET FAMILIAR!

DJ Envy & Jermaine Dupri - So So Def Mixtape Vol. 1

DJ Envy represents on behalf of Jermaine Dupri and So So Def as
he kicks this crazy mixtape full of good sh*t. Hosts Dem Franchize
Boyz kick off this mixtape featuring the Cam'ron vs. Jay-Z track +
Dem Franchize Boyz dissin' D4L. Also featuring new heat from Big
Boi & Busta, Pharrell w/ Robin Thicke/Busta, Mobb Deep & Tony Yayo.

1 - Jermaine Dupri Intro
2 - Dem Franchize Boyz Freestyle (Dissin' D4L)
3 - Dem Franchize Boyz feat. Jim Jones & Dame Dash - Bricks For The High
4 - Cam'ron - You Gotta Love It (Dissin' Jay-Z)
5 - Scarface feat. Beanie Sigel & Game - Snitch (remix)
6 - Jermaine Dupri Interlude
7 - Purple Ribbon All-Stars feat. Big Boi & Busta Rhmyes - Kryptonite (remix)
8 - Lil Easy E - Coming From Compton (Dissin' Game)
9 - Mobb Deep feat. Tony Yayo - Guns, Drugs & Bloods (Gang Bang Music)
10 - LL Cool J feat. Jennifer Lopez & Jermaine Dupri - Control Myself
11 - Raekwon feat. Busta Rhymes - State Of Grace (remix)

Nas Officially Signs With Def Jam

In Oct. Of 2005, Jay-Z and Nas ended their long running feud and now, Nas has officially signed with Def Jam as a recording artist.

Under the terms of the deal, Def Jam and Sony Music will split the profits from two albums, while Def Jam will keep an additional two.

Additionally, Sony has the rights to release a Greatest Hits album from Nas.

Def Jam will cover the marketing and production costs of the recording, while both companies will oversee the marketing of the releases.

Nas' newest album is also expected to contain a collaboration between Jay-Z and Nas.

Nas has sold more than 11 million albums since the debut of his 1994 album Illmatic.


P-Cutta: Street Wars 14 (Come Out and Play)

P-Cutta is back with one of the hottest mixtape series in the streets
and a definite fan favorite, the infamous Street Wars series. Breakin'
down new and continued beefs from The Game & G-Unit, B. Sigel vs.
State Prop, The Lox vs. Diddy, Loon vs. Mase, 50 Cent vs. D-Block,
Jin vs. SunNY, Remy Martin vs. Foxy Brown & Skillz vs. everyone.

1 - 50 Cent feat. Ryan Banks, Dirty Red, Lloyd Banks – Smile For Me
2 - Cyrus Street Warriors Intro
3 - Ryan Banks – SW 14 Freestyle
4 - Jadakiss & Styles P Speak vs P. Diddy
5 - G-Unit – 300 Shots (Dissin' Game)
6 - The Game – 120 Bars (Dissin' G-Unit & Lil Eazy E)
7 - Lil Eazy E – E’ Coming From Compton (Dissin' Game)
8 - Beanie Sigel feat. Game, Jadakiss – Goodbye (Dissin' State Property, Tony Yayo)
9 - D-Block vs P. Diddy Live On Hot 97
10 - Lloyd Banks feat. 50 Cent – So Simple (Dissin' Game)
11 - 50 Cent Speaks vs D-Block
12 - Jadakiss & Styles P – Freestyle (Dissin' 50 Cent)

DJ Whoo Kid: G-Unit Radio 16 - Mase 10 Years of Hate

DJ Whoo Kid brings you the mixtape people have been waiting for
since Mase signed to G-Unit. Stepping out of shadows, Murda Mase
makes a controversial return in this Crucified 4 The Hood edition mix.
Harlem's sinister minister is back with that murderous flow, killin' this
mixtape with more than 20 freestyles, tracks & remixes w/ G-Unit...

1 - Murda Mase Intro
2 - Murda Mase – 10 Years of Hate
3 - Murda Mase – Majesty
4 - Murda Mase – Check Cleared
5 - Murda Mase – Don’t Need Security
6 - Murda Mase – Harlem Interlude
7 - Murda Mase – Goin Back to Harlem
8 - Murda Mase – Goin Back to ATL Interlude
9 - Murda Mase – From the A Now
10 - Murda Mase feat. 50 Cent – Kamakazi
11 - Murda Mase feat. 50 Cent, Young Buck & Spider Loc – They Don’t Bother Me
12 - Pop Off Interlude
13 - Murda Mase – Sorry Pop Off
14 - Murda Mase - Lets Go
15 - Murda Mase – Gat Man

Cam'ron Explains Beef With Jay-Z

Rapper Cam'ron has further clarified his position against Island Def Jam president/rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, after the Harlem native recently released the dis track called "Gotta Love It."

Cam'ron alleged that Jay-Z's declaration of peace with Nas in October 2005, was initially meant to destroy the credibility of his own Diplomats crew.

Cam'ron told Miss Jones and the Hot 97 morning show team the culmination of his grievance in the weeks leading up to Jay-Z's "I Declare War" concert, which was hosted by rival station Power 105.

"The last straw was that station down the dial [Power 105 and] he supposed to ["declare war"], where he is supposed to be dissing everybody he had a problem with," he explained to Miss Jones, DJ Envy and others. "So you know leading up to the concert, I got Dame calling me like, 'He's trying to get old footage of you of when you and Jim got jumped and he's trying to find Jim's Catholic school pictures.' So leading up to this concert, we had to get on point, you dig? I don't know whatever he was looking for, you ain't gonna find it."

Big Mike - The Big Boy Game 10

Big Mike waits for nobody and gets down to his business, believe that.
So without too much explanation, peep game on the first mix to hit the
streets with the Cam'ron vs. Jay-Z tracks (the war is on!), the D-Block
family: Sheek/J-Hood/Styles/354 , Papoose & Nas, Hell Rell, Murda
Mook, M.O.P. & 50 Cent, Gravy, Mobb Deep, Tre Williams, Nucci Reyo.

1 - Cam'ron - He's A Biter (Dissin' Jay-Z)
2 - Cam'ron - U Gotta Love It (Dissin' Jay-Z)
3 - Hell Rell - Ruger Rell
4 - J.R. Writer - It's J.R.
5 - Clinton Sparks feat. Sheek Louch, J-Hood & Styles P. - Take Everything You Got
6 - Styles P. - My Favorite Drug
7 - Sheek Louch - Fade Out
8 - J-Hood feat. Gravy - Crash The Party
9 - Papoose feat. Nas - Across The Tracks
10 - M.O.P. feat. 50 Cent - War Time
11 - Mobb Deep - Let Y'all Live
12 - Sheek Louch feat. Bully - Gangsta Boogie
13 - Jdea feat. Styles P. - I Won't Tell
14 - Tre Williams feat. Papoose - Livin' In This World

Source Founders Dave Mays & Ray "Benzino" TERMINATED From The Source

A New Jersey Superior Court Judge lifted the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) granted to The Source founders David Mays and Ray "Benzino" Scott yesterday (Jan. 18), allowing board members of The Source Entertainment Inc. to oust the two from the company.

Mays and Scott filed for a temporary restraining order on Jan. 12, after four of the six board members agreed to terminate the pair from the magazine.

Board members said "Mays and Scott could not continue their series of financial recklessness and negligence" that was hurting The Source's investors, vendors, subscribers and readers and called for their immediate termination.

Yesterday, Judge Gerald Escala lifted the TRO against Ed. A. Williams, Earl Graves, Jr., Ivan Hopkins and Jeffery Scott.

An attorney representing the board members said Mays had been officially "terminated" from the company.

According to reports, the two are plotting a legal strategy in New Jersey in an attempt to stop the board from seizing the company.

Cam'Ron "Gotta Love It" & "Swagger Jacker" (2 NEW Jay-Z Disses)


After years of tension and subliminal jabs, Cam'ron has just leaked two tracks directly dissing Jay-Z.

The Dipset capo opens "You Got It" by giving five reasons for his dis, including charges that Jay stole Roc-A-Fella, Rocawear and Kanye West from Damon Dash, and that the King of New York lied about being an 80's baby, cause he was born in 1968 making him 37 years old.

Cam also spits in reference to the numerous lines Hov has borrowed from The Notorious B.I.G. "You ain't the only one with big wallets/ but your publishing should go to Miss Wallace."

Later on the cut, Cam pokes fun at Hov's age, remarking, "I know you're 40 years old, I don't respect my elders/I respect the hustler plus the grinders and the sellers."

Ironically, Cam takes a page from his nemesis Nas' book when he offers, "tote handles at your open toe sandals/and you look like Joe Camel." Killa also warned that he had Beyonce "singing about slinging crack" and later concluded by calling Jay ugly and saying he looks like "Fraggle Rock."

DJ Kay Slay - Down With the King Pt. 2

DJ Kay Slay is back in action, bringing the Drama King exclusives, plus
all-new freestyles & tracks from hip-hop's baddest artists. New hip-hop
from Papoose & Busta Rhymes/Raekwon, Cam'ron, 50 Cent & M.O.P.,
Cassidy, DMX & Swizz Beatz, Maino & Lil' Kim, Remy Martin, D-Block &
Clinton Sparks, Royce Da 5'9" & Styles P, Nas, The Game, Hell Rell...

1 - DJ Kay Slay Intro
2 - Papoose feat. Busta Rhymes & Raekwon - Address Me As Mister (remix)
3 - Cam'ron - You Gotta Love It (remix)
4 - 50 Cent feat. M.O.P. - Whip Your Head (remix)
5 - DMX feat. Swizz Beatz - Clap On
6 - Cam'ron - Oh What A Night
7 - Notorious B.I.G. feat. Ghostface & Raekwon - 3 Bricks
8 - Papoose feat. Nas - Across The Track
9 - Remy Martin feat. Ivy Queen - Bilingual
10 - Maino feat. Lil' Kim - Stomp (remix)
11 - Scarface feat. Beanie Sigel & The Game - Never Snitch (remix)
12 - M.O.P. feat. 50 Cent - War Time -

DJ Drama & Lil Scrappy: G's Up

DJ Drama gets on some dirty south gangsta sh*t, dropping the official
Lil' Scrappy mixtape. Showcasing the ATL emcee's southern slang, this
mixtape features 20 new tracks, exclusives, remixes & dope freestyles..

1 - Intro
2 - No Problems (remix) feat. Fat Joe, T.I., Bun B. & Cam'ron
3 - Black Tee (remix) feat. Young Jeezy, Gucci Man, Jody Breeze, Bun B. & Killer Mike
4 - "Xxxplosive" Freestyle
5 - Represent
6 - What They Gon Do (remix) feat. Lil' Jon & Bun B.
7 - Trap Niggas feat. Pooh Baby & Lil' Chris
8 - Crank It Up A Notch
9 - G’s Up feat. G-Unit (Party Story)
10 - Knuck If You Buck (remix) feat. Crime Mob & Daz
11 - What's Happenin' Mama feat. Pooh Baby, Sgt Black & Lil' Chris
12 - Baby I'ma Rider feat. J. Chamillion
13 - Feel My Pain feat. Game & Whoo Kid
14 - Tipsy Revisited feat. T.I. & DJ Drama
15 - Let A Nigga Beat feat. Pooh Baby & Lil' Chris
16 - It’s All About Paper feat. Pooh Baby & Lil' Chris

Pharrell & Kanye West: Skateboards & Blazers #2

Kochece follows up the Best Of edition of Pharrell and Kanye West's
mixtape Skateboards & Blazers with this special instrumental edition mix.
Featuring 40 instrumentals from Lil' Skateboard P. and The Louis Vuitton
Don, this mixtape features the hip-hop game's hottest beats from its two
super-producers (and rappers) – 40 classic, neck-breaking instrumentals.

1 - Pharrell And Gwen Stefani - Can I Have It Like That
2 - Pharrell - Angel
3 - Q Tip And Busta Rhymes - For The Nasty
4 - Twista And Pharrell - Lavish
5 - T.I. And The Neptunes - Whats Yo Name
6 - The Clipse - Grindin
7 - Clipse, Ab Liva And Roscoe P Coldchain - Cot Damn
8 - N.E.R.D. - She Wants To Move
9 - Nelly - Hot In Here
10 - Busta Rhymes - What It Is
11 - Busta Rhymes - Light Your Ass On Fire
12 - Busta Rhymes, P Diddy And Pharrell - Pass The Courvoiseur Part 2
13 - Clipse - Virginia

Rapid Ric - Whut It Dew 3

DJ Rapid Ric aka. The Mixtape Mechanic starts of 2006 with the 3rd
edition of one of the hottest South mixtapes, the Whut It Dew edition.
Holdin' it down with the Asshole Trae, this special Texas-style mix has
40 new tracks from DSR, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Webbie,Chamillionaire,
Magno, SLAB, Wreckin' Yard, Chalie Boy, B.G. & KLC and Master P.

1 - World Famous Whut It Dew 3 Intro - Rapid Ric
2 - Introduction - Trae
3 - Death Around The Corner - Trae, Tupac
4 - Shut It Down - Master P, Slim Thug
5 - So Hood - A3
6 - Breakin Em Off Proper Flow - Chalie Boy
7 - Trae Inerlude
8 - Holla At Me - KLC, Mystikal, B.G.
9 - Ain't Hard To Find Flow - Cory Mo, Trae
10 - U Don't Wanna - G.T., Paul Wall, MC Qua
11 - DJ Paul of Three-6-Mafia Break
12 - Yey - Grady Babyz
13 - Young Jeezy Break
14 - Southside Still Holdin Flow - HAWK, Scooby, Yung Redd, Unique
15 - Swang 1.5 - Trae
16 - Trae Break

MTV's Mixtape Monday Jan. 16th '06

DJ and MC: Clinton Sparks and Kanye West

Touch the Sky

We told you about this record a few weeks back, and it actually plays like a real compilation. The disc features mostly new beats produced by Clinton Sparks, with cats including Biggie, Diddy, Lil' Kim, Busta Rhymes, N.O.R.E. and host Kanye West rapping. Sparks has a real LP coming soon — as soon as he leaves some record executive's pockets looking like rabbit ears.

Joints To Check For

* "Blow Your Mind" by Kanye West. West has a few raps on the CD, and on this song, about 12 tracks in, Yeezee is testifying and ruminating. "I asked God to help me fly away/ And if not then please keep your eye on me/ These n---as is bringing out the worst of me."

* "Get Touched" by Lil' Kim. There's actually two new Kim verses on this record. The Queen Bee spit these rhymes before she went to the pen, and they almost made it onto her album The Naked Truth. Luckily for Sparks, they didn't, and he was able to secure her vocals for his mixtape. "Haters can kiss my bikini wax/ And if you seen the facts/ You know the Queen is back."

DJ Smallz - Dirty RnB 10

DJ Smallz gets it in with Chris Brown, the barely-able-to-drive R&B
superstar that's tearin' up the charts with his hit single "Run It." Hosting
this mixtape, Brown helps Southern Smoke break down all-new crunk-&-B
featuring Mariah Carey & JD, Mary J Blige & Stat Quo, 112, Ludacris &
Gwen Stefani, Jagged Edge, Ciara & Jazze Pha, Jeezy & Lloyd, D4L...

1 - DJ Smallz & Chris Brown – Dirty R&B Intro
2 - Chris Brown feat. Jazze Pha – One More Chance (not on album)
3 - Beyonce feat. Slim Thug & Bun B – Check Up On It (remix)
4 - Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri – Don’t Forget (remix)
5 - Mary J. Blige feat. Stat Quo – Be Without You (remix)
6 - Jagged Edge – Seasons Change
7 - Ciara feat. 112 & Jazze Pha – ATL
8 - Daron feat. T.I. – Party In Room 1202
9 - Lil’ Flip – Put This On Girl
10 - Bone Crusher feat. Too Short – Get No Lower
11 - YoungBloodz feat. T-Boz of TLC – Is It Good?