MTV's Mixtape Monday Jan. 16th '06

DJ and MC: Clinton Sparks and Kanye West

Mixtape:
Touch the Sky

411:
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?

Clinton Sparks - Smash Time Radio Blends Vol. 9: "Best in Business"

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Clinton Sparks spent the end of 2005 adding the final touches on his latest blends creation and now it's time for you to GET FAMILIAR! Bringing you a new round of the "Best Blends In The Business," our very own C. Sparks drops that Smash Time Radio Blends, vol. 9, titled after his #1 SHADE 45 satellite radio show. With Mr. Get Famliar landing syndication deals from SupeRadio that will spread "Smash Time Radio" across the planet in 2006, this is your chance to get a listen to the hottest mix show DJ in the world. This mixtape brings you another round of hip-hop and R&B blends featuring Smash Time remixes with Kanye West, Fabolous, Paul Wall, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell, Lil' Wayne, Notorious B.I.G., The Game, Don Omar, Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Ying Yang Twins, Black Eyed Peas, Ne-Yo, Gwen Stefani & more.

1 - Intro
2 - Busta Rhymes - Touch It (Smash Time blend)

Eminem Remarries Ex-Wife Kim

Would the real Slim Shady please kiss the bride?

A month after telling a Detroit radio station he was back together with ex-wife Kim Mathers, Eminem remarried his high school sweetheart Saturday in an intimate ceremony at Meadow Brook Hall, a 110-room mansion located in Rochester, Michigan.

"Family and close friends were in attendance, including members of D12, 50 Cent, Obie Trice and members of G-Unit," Em's publicist, Dennis Dennehy said. The rapper's hype man, D12 rapper Proof, served as best man.

Eminem and Kim arrived by limousine as news helicopters flew above and paparazzi flocked around them. Dennehy said that New York DJ Lord Sear entertained at the reception as lobster tails and filet mignon were served. The couple will take their honeymoon later this year.

Eminem ended the couple's first marriage after two years in October 2001, and launched a legal fight for custody over their young daughter, Haylie Jade.

Cutmaster C - Guess Who's Back?


Cutmaster C is back, and is still on his grind as he gathers up the
latest hip-hop joints & exclusives. This mixtape has 26 tracks that
include new freestyles and remixes. This features music from Busta
Rhymes, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Uncle Murder, Juelz Santana, Hell
Rell, Joe Buddens, Red Cafe, Obie Trice, Gravy and Mary J Blige.

1 - 2006 - Intro
2 - 50 Cent feat. M.O.P. & Lloyd Banks - 50 This, 50 That
3 - Mobb Deep & Termonology- Score Everytime
4 - Uncle Murder - We Thuggin'
5 - Lloyd Banks - Nobody Likes Me
6 - Hell Rell - Freestyle
7 - Juelz Santana - Good Times
8 - 50 Cent - Best Friend
9 - Uncle Murder - Get High
10 - M.O.P. & Cormega - 718 To Bedstuy
11 - Busta Rhymes - Touch (remix)
12 - Lloyd Banks -My Hood
13 - Gravy - Freestyle
14 - Joe Buddens - Story To Tell
15 - Tony Yayo feat. Mobb Deep - Gang Bang
16 - Obie Trice - You've Been Slain
17 - Lloyd Banks - Victom Of Society

DJ Envy - Hitlist 15


DJ Envy aka. The People's Choice drops the 15th Hit List & he gathers
up all the latest & best tracks, and he puts them on this mixtape that
features music from Joe Budden, Cassidy, Juelz Santana & Cam'ron,
Notorious BIG, Fabolous, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy,
Elephant Man, Remy Martin, Lil' Easy E, Ne-Yo, Jae Millz & Jadakiss.

1 - Oh Yes (Mr. Postman) - Juelz Santana
2 - Have A Party - Mobb Deep feat. 50 Cent & Nate Dogg
3 - Cassidy (The Anthem) - Cassidy
4 - Wassup - Joe Budden feat. Newz & A-Team
5 - Running Your Mouth - Notorious B.I.G. feat. Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes & Snoop Dogg
6 - It's Nothing - Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana
7 - Touch It - Busta Rhymes
8 - Conceited - Remy Ma
9 - Heard Em Say - Kanye West feat. Adam Levine
10 - Heard Em Say - Sheek
11 - Nasty Girl - Notorious B.I.G. feat. Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm
12 - Yo (Excuse Me Miss) - Chris Brown

Benzino and Mays Avoid Being Tossed From The Source

The Source Magazine founder David Mays and his partner/president Raymond "Benzino" Scott narrowly avoided being forced out by the magazine's new board of directors yesterday.

According to the New York Post, The Source board, now controlled by executives friendly to the Graves family that owns Black Enterprise magazine, attempted to boot Mays and Scott yesterday (January 12). However, the defiant execs both obtained a restraining order from a judge in New Jersey to temporarily block their dismissal.

Black Enterprise/Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Partners, a private investment firm started by the family of Black Enterprise Magazine founder Earl Graves, Sr. and his son, Earl "Butch Graves, Jr., the CEO of Black Enterprise Publications, gave The Source $12 million in return for a minority position and seats on the board of directors.

Last year The Source went into default on an $18 million loan by Textron Financial Partners, a lender that was introduced to Mays and Scott by the Black Enterprise executives. On Oct. 31, Textron asked the company to be placed into receivership as part of a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court.

DJ Ideal - UTP: The Movement Vol. 2


DJ Ideal is on the case for the follow-up to We On Bubble and he has
the New Orleans' Magnolia Boy Juvenile hosting this mixtape jumpoff.
The Movement continues on this crazy new joint with all-exclusive sh*t
from Juve & UTP, including new freestyles & tracks the crew members
Skip & Wacko + cameos by Trey Songz, Aretha Franklin, Cool & Dre.

1 - DJ Ideal & Juvenile - Intro
2 - Juvenile - Act You Know Me
3 - Juvenile - Got That Work
4 - Skip & Wacko - Keep Talking Out The Side of Your Mouth
5 - Juvenile Shout To Da Bottom Hood's
6 - Juvenile - Break A Brick Down (produced by Cool & Dre)
7 - Juvenile - Get Your Hustle On
8 - Juvenile - We Rock Like That
9 - Skip - Keep Actin'
10 - Back That Ass Up Interlude 1
11 - Wacko feat. PNC - Why Oh Why
12 - Juvenile - Come Out Yo' Laundry (remix)
13 - Juvenile The New Orleans Truth
14 - Wacko - Two Step
15 - In Ya Skit
16 - Black & Stone - Life of A D-Boy

DJ Cool Breeze - The Return of the Hot Boys


DJ Cool Breeze puts the Hotz Boys back together, at least in the
mixtape form, with this bangin' Cash Money-inspired mixtape featuring
all-new tracks from Lil' Wayne, B.G., Juvenile and Turk. Taking you
back to 1999 when these four assembled one of rap's baddest stable
of rappers. This mix features new tracks/remixes from the ex-crew...

1 - Intro - Lil' Wayne Speaks
2 - Best Rapper Alive - Lil' Wayne
3 - Trill - B.G. feat. Paul Wall and Bun B
4 - Rodeo - Juvenile
5 - Club Interlude - B.G.
6 - However Whatever - B.G. feat. Soulja Slim
7 - Fly As The Sky - Lil' Wayne, Chamillionaire and Rasaq
8 - Get Ya Hustle On - Juvenile
9 - Drag Em (Part 2) - B.G and UNLV
10 - Who Need a B - Juvenile, Bun B and Too Short
11 - Mackin and Pimpin - Turk and Kenoe
12 - I'm Wit Whateva - Lil' Wayne, Notorious BIG, Juelz Santana and Jim Jones
13 - Nutt Check - Lil' Wayne and Jody Breeze
14 - Animal - Juvenile

Hip Hop Charts - Jan. 12th '06

In this week's Hip-Hop charts, Eminem comes out on top, Biggie rolls with the punches, and The Black Eyed Peas continue to lock down the top ten.

Em is at it again this week, dominating the Hip-Hop scene at the #3 spot. After only a 5-week spin-off, the hits compilation Curtain Call has pushed a total of 1,490,978 units. His air-play has not diminished, and is still receiving a heavy response from his devoted fans. The lead single for the album, "When I'm Gone," has pushed another 109,082 copies this week.

Slippin' a few slots to #7 is the Notorious B.I.G with his Duets Album. The grown-and-sexy sizzler "Nasty Girl" is still bangin' it out, helping the Brooklyn kid shed 73,617 CDs this week. After 3 weeks on the charts, Biggie has hip-hopped his way to a total of 662,431 units.

Still standing strong at the #9 spot is The Black Eyed Peas. After a slammin' 31 weeks, the Peas continue to regulate the business, selling a total of 3,099,753 records. This week, the magnificent four have brought in a week-in total of 62,502 units. Even with a blazin' 97,456 copies sold last week, they still managed to have the game on criminal lock-down this week, impressively qualifying them for a slot in the top ten. The Peas won't stop and won't quit, keeping the lumps large and in-charge at triple-platinum status.

Lil Wayne Interview with AllHipHop.com

While his one-time Hot Boy brothers are artfully planning comebacks, Wayne is reigning from a higher plain. Moreover, Lil' Wayne is on top of the Hip-Hop game right now. He’s still on Cash Money, still riding with Baby, and still not afraid to speak his mind outright.

With his critically acclaimed fifth album - Tha Carter II - debuting at number two in the Billboard charts, Weezy has rose from a regional hero to a nationwide superstar. But how did this epic transformation take place? AllHipHop.com decided to find out, as Birdman Jr. discusses his newfound popularity, as well as the conflict brewing with his former running mates Juvenile and B.G. While the trio has differences personally and professionally, they also share different views on Hurricane Katrina. Three of New Orleans’ greatest back-to-back…read for yourself.

AllHipHop.com:
Tha Carter II has been getting critical acclaim from everywhere, as people are calling it one of the best albums of the year, so how does it feel to get this amount of love from the album?

B.G. Interview with AllHipHop.com

Like many of the reigning kings of late 90’s Southern rap, B.G.’s career has been in a bit of limbo. Like his Hot Boy brother Juvenile, BG’s reach was never as far as when he had the Cash Money Records tattoos out and the label on the album. The three Koch releases since found cult fans, but lacked one-tenth of the punch of his “Bling Bling� bolstered Chopper City In The Ghetto seven years earlier.

With a potential G-Unit record contract on the table, B.G. is looking to raise the stakes again. He’s reunited with father-figure producer, Mannie Fresh. B.G. has also been active in upholding fallen No Limit star, Souljah Slim’s legacy. Even in touching on issues such as Hurricane Katrina and his sobriety, BG carries himself more seriously than. Going into the mixtape, “The Heart of the Streets Volume 2�, get an inside look as AllHipHop.com and B.G. have a very real discussion on the future, the past, and the Almighty.

AllHipHop.com:
Let’s cut to the chase - are you really signing to G-Unit?

DJ Drama & Dame Dash - The Ultimate Hustler Mixtape


DJ Drama is recruited by Mr. Cakeaholic Dame Dash to host this major
Dash Co. jumpoff mixtape promoting his highly-anticipated new TV show
coming out on BET called "The Ultimate Hustler." This exclusive mixtape
is packed w/ freestyles & exclusives by T.I./P$C, Slim Thug, Killer Mike,
Lil' Wayne, Pharrell, Grafh, Smitty, Bun B, 50 Cent, Jeezy & Slick Pulla.

1 - Dame Dash- Intro
2 - Twista & Pharrell - Lavish
3 - Dame Dash's Definition of a Hustler
4 - Peedi Peedi & Bun B - Hound Dogs
5 - Juelz Santana - Tick Tock
6 - T.I., Jae Millz, Slim Thug - Head Popped Off
7 - Dame Dash Speaks
8 - 50 Cent - Window Shoppin
9 - Smitty - Round 2
10 - T.I., P$C, Young Dro - Doin It
11 - Dame Dash - Life Is The Dash
12 - Killer Mike & Ice Cube - Bad Day Worst Day (remix)
13 - Pharrell - Elevators
14 - Slim Thug, Jeezy, Slick Pulla, Killa Kyleon - Diamonds (remix)
15 - Dame Dash Gets Inspired By Jacob

Jay-Z vs. Nas - Who Won This Classic Battle?

Jay-Z
29% (1804 votes)
Nas
71% (4348 votes)
Total votes: 6152

MTV's Mixtape Monday Jan. 9th '06

Artists: Ghostface and Trife Da God

Representing:
Staten Island

Mixtape:
Put It on the Line

411:
This album went totally under the radar when it was released during the Christmas holiday. Ghost and his protégé Trife Da God released it to some mom and pop stores and are letting word of mouth push it. Originally, Ghost and Trife were supposed to release the joint LP From Stapleton to Somalia on Koch but the two never finished recording it for a slew of reasons, one being that Ghost had to finish up his next solo opus for Def Jam (he's done now). With some songs already in the can from another album they were recording, Ghost and Trife paired those with some of the finished joints from From Stapleton to Somalia and even slipped in a few Ghost classics to make Put It on the Line (which is really more of an indie album than a mixtape, in that it contains songs instead of freestyles). Trife has been featured on several tracks alongside Ghost in the past but has been finding it difficult to avoid being overshadowed by Ghost's ingenious abundance of rhymes, flow and personality. Trife does get to shine here, though, with his own solo tracks and an improved mic attack when he raps with Ghost. Meanwhile, Tony Starks may be the best storyteller in the game right now — just listen to songs like "Struggle" and "Project Soap Opera."