This mixtape was actually sitting on the burner for a week or so. After the onslaught of summer hip-hop, it took a little while to decide what would make the cut. After seeing the track list, 2 things jump out at me:
1. Neptunes, Neptunes Neptunes. Pharrell and Chad are all over this edition. N.E.R.D. is making me consider avoiding the inevitable leak and buy Seeing Sounds. Star Trak cohorts Kenna, Chester French and Mickey Factz make necessary appearances. Lastly, 2007 may have been the year of Timbaland, but 2008 might be all Neptunes. Between the Common track, N.E.R.D., and Pharell’s work on Madonna’s album, they certainly have a head start on Timbo.
2. Midwest Revival. Nark Inc. is filled with artists representing Chicago, Detroit and even Cleveland. It was hard to dissect a few cuts from Kidz In The Hall’s The In Crowd, with so many to choose from. Common purists are going to be mad, but you can’t argue with the Pharrell beat on “Universal Mind Control”. Ann Arbor transplant Buff 1 makes the 1st of many future Nark features, Royce 5’9″ makes two appearances, as does Cleveland newcomer and self proclaimed “stoner”, Kid Cudi.
..and yes, Curtis and his silly vocoder made the list….whoops.
1. TQ – Paradise ft Krayzie Bone
2. X.O. – Grind Baby ft Cee Cee
3. Brisco – On The Run ft Akon & Flo Rida
4. Kid Cudi – Day n Nite
5. Common – Universal Mind Control ft Pharrell
6. Mickey Factz – The Water ft Lauryn Hill
7. N.E.R.D. – Spaz
8. Buff 1 – Beat The Speakers Up
9. Idle Warship – Fall Back ft Chester French
10. Elzhi – Motown 25 ft Royce 5’9″
11. Kenna – Say Goodbye to Love ft Lupe Fiasco
12. B.O.B. – Lonely People
13. Saigon – Believe It
14. NYGz – Ya Dayz R #’D remix ft Lady of Rage, Freddie Foxx & Royce 5’9″
15. Bun B – Swang On ‘Em ft Lupe Fiasco
16. Wale – The Crazy
17. Kidz In the Hall – Middle of the Map Pt. 1 ft Fooch
18. Kidz In the Hall – Middle of the Map Pt. 2 ft Black Milk & Guilty Simpson
19. N.E.R.D. – Everybody Nose remix ft Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & Pusha T
20. Kid Cudi – Dat New “New”
21. G-Unit – Rider Pt. 2
22. Rick Ross – Get Down ft Pharrell
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