You know this beef
shit is gettin' stale and I hope fam from Catch 22 isn't ridin this wave just
to sell tapes. Sheek Louch reminds me of D-Block's Tony Yayo, just that dude
you know is the clown of the crew, funny on this diss I'm sure he came up with
in a matter of minutes. Beef is good on wax, but let's face it: ain't none of
deez cats runnin through they emeny like "Ether" or "Bitch In
Yoo." How bout tuning into Whoo Kid's program on Sirius Saturdays and hearing
"We Run NY" so much you want to scream? At least Joe Budden picks
up the humor and, more importantly, skill with "I Run New Jerz": "And
when dudes see what he keep in his belt / they turn into Mike Jones keep repeatin'
they self," and "these fans is Star Jones they don't know a nigga's
a fag and they fucks with him anyway." And what's with the Nextel rings
through some of these tracks? I keep checkin' my phone like a fool. One who
gon be hearin HIS Nextel blowin' up is Jo Jo Pellegrino with his second superb
mixtape appearance in a matter of tapes over the soulful, whistling "Speak
Softly." Reminds me of Q-Unique a little from the Arsonists. On the bare
"Built Like That," Jo Jo does his best Jamal impression over a track
I just hope doesn't land on Busta's Big Bang; regardless, only a matter of time
before Pelle is signed Styles' Time Is Money is another one of the most
anticipated discs and the smooth backdrop, neck-snapping kicks of "Ghetto"
should appeal to both thugs and shorties round the way. Too bad this one is
a snippet. Catch 22 really goin' for that whole Whoo Kid thing! Swizz Beatz
could be producing too much now cuz "Take This" don't quite par up
to "Like That," "I'm a Hustla," "Set It Off,"
or "Bring Em Out." To see two newbies such as Cass and Millz collab
is a good sign of the game's future-at least mixtape wise-so we'll forgive the
typical beatz. The Mobb Deep exclusive ain't new; it's Clinton Sparks' "Okay
Dunn" and the G. Rap "exclusive" is actually the Five Fam Click
over a G-Unit tune, sounding transmitted over the phone as hail. Check out Game's
impressive double-time flow on Boyz in the Hood's "Dem Boyz" rmx also
featuring T.I.; the lovely "Magic Touch" by Mike Jones, Lil Flip,
and Slim Thug with an 80s sample you know they just couldn't clear; and Bun
B's obscure "Getcha Head Right" with a surprising appearance from
the Mountain Brothers' producer-rapper Chops. Diversity has never been an issue
with Catch 22.
DJ Lennox coming
off the must buy Mixtape Phenoms 4 drills blend heads with the uber-brilliant
"10 Mack Commandments," a combination of lyrics from "Dr. Knockboots"
matched to precision over Kool G. Rap's "Hill Street Blues" with the
B.I.G. hook from what else but "10 Crack Commandments." Again, a snippet.
Look for Lennox's follow-up to Live Big out soon. Beanie's having an outstanding
year, Styles P is looking forward to having one, but don't you think Kanye West
is ready to be artist of the year AGAIN? Last year I said it was Jada, everyone
else claimed Kanye. This year-I can't argue. His production is perfect, and
the tracks "They Talk" snazzy-jazzed out to John Legend's hook, and
Common and Consequence's rhymes, "Chi City" souled to constant head
nod-eration with Com narrating about a Queen Pen you don't wanna come across,
and "Love Is," also featuring the production of former Slum Village
founder Jay Dee, takes off the same Jay Sonic record Premier's been spinning
for months. I was shocked hearing this, but who dropped the sample first? (Lately
I've been hearing a lot of emcees rhyme over tracks that aren't even out yet )
Even so, this track suits perfectly for the bitter realness of Com's heartbreak
hotel perspectives, also packing another layer of samples to separate its likeness
from other. Kanye also might be the man behind the resurrection of Pharaoh Monch.
"It Can't Stop" should appear on violinist babe Miri Ben-Ari's next
record, however. And of course, if you know Catch 22, it's World Premiere abundant.
The EPMD-sampled "Scrub the Floor" from Peedi Crack with Sparks strives
to put Peed in Nore-appeal territory, and should; Sean P "Don't Wanna Play"
and early word on the Boot Camp Click vet's upcoming debut is outstanding; while
the obvious sampled, Tupac-featured "Don't Stop" sends off bad vibes
for Outlawz next album. Let's hope it doesn't show up. And despite blatant attempts
to push O.C.F. Entertainment, even with the differing direction Catch 22 is
going, there's still way too much heat (including additions from Canibus, Royce,
Swigga) on Holier Than Thou to not cop.