Thursday, September 23, 2004

Mixtape Reviews and Heaterz

DJ Clue Presents: The Cherry Lounge
For those who don't know, the Cherry Lounge is the nightclub Clue co-owns with Timbaland; the grand opening was last week. That said, on to the main attraction:

Standout tracks:
Desert Storm Freestyle ft Fabolous, Joe Buddens, Paul Cain, and A-Team: The Desert Storm wolves take turns feasting on this "Money, Power, Respect"- sampled track. Fab and Buddens bring the usual heat, and Paul Cain delivers a verse I didn't feel compelled to fast forward through after ten seconds- a first in my book.
Jay Z and R. Kelly: "Big Chips": Hov and Kells exchange verses on a hot track that could have been called The Fiesta Remix- Part 5.
Nas ft Olu Dara: "Bridging the Gap": Nas and his father collab on a blues-influenced banger. Expect to hear comparisons to Jay's "December 4th".
Busta Rhymes ft Spliff Star and Raekwon:"Coke Dealings": Rae kills it; can we get that Cuban Linx sequel now?
NORE ft Nature: "For a Minute": This joint should run the clubs this fall.
Stack Bundles ft La La: I resisted the temptation to front on this joint and skip it. The verdict: dont sleep on the VJ. Speaking of VJs, whats up with a Free/La La collab? I'm sure it's some Viacom exec's wet dream waiting to happen, trust.

P- Cutta and DJ Vlad Present: Beef II - The Mixtape
Mr. Street Wars and The Butcher team up to deliver more beef than an Atkins menu. I'd do a breakdown, but ya'll should already be up do date on the status of most of these battles, courtesy of previous mixtape reviews. At any rate, I will say that "Stomp" is my favorite joint on here, and this version should have stayed on the album.

And now, on to today's Heaterz:
Eminem: "Just Lose It" (link courtesy of Young Rome)
GAME: "Where I'm From" and "Higher" (pardon the radio rip,folks)
Ciara: "The Title"
Miri Ben Ari ft Joe Buddens: "You Can Get It From Me"
Talib Kweli: "Beautiful Struggle" :
You join an organization that know Black history/
But ask em how they plan to make money and it's a mystery/
Lookin for the remedy but you can't see whats hurtin you/
Revolutions here, the revolution's personal.
Lines like this are why this song's my anthem right now.