If you want the sound of the streets without having to actually venture
into the streets, visit Cleveland mixmaster Mick Boogie's website. With connections from here to Compton, Boogie offers exclusive tracks by rhymers like the Game and Ghostface Killah - and many of his mixes are hosted by the emcees themselves. Some of his recent compilations include Lyrics to Go: the Best of Tribe Called Quest
and the southern-rap compilation Dirty Work 2: Houston, We Have a Problem
, hosted by Mike Jones, featuring rising stars like Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Bun B. Pretox: the Mixtape gathers non-album cuts from Dr. Dre, collecting rarities, exclusives, freestyles, remixes, and more, with rhymes by Eminem, Scarface, Nas, and Snoop Dogg, plus a preview of the unreleased but already legendary Detox LP. If you just want a few hot tracks for free, you can download mp3s of unsigned rappers and exclusive Boogie mixes, like Mike Jones' "Back Then" (featuring Slim Thug) and the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize 2005." But if you're looking for the new Will Smith, we think they have that at the mall.