DJ KHALED – This Ain’t A Movie Dogg (Mixtape Review)

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Not only is it not a movie, its not even a competition, according to Khaled. It seems that the crown has already been placed next to his thrown. The self proclaimed Billion Dollar voice cancels out the perception that he can’t hold his own in the doggy dogg world of the mixtape deejay. With exclusive testaments from hip hops’ elite and Miami’s heavy hitters, Khaled properly brands his name in the mixtape market.

“Lissssstennnn.” Opening up shop is none other than Khaled’s fellow Terror Squadian Fat Joe with guest Fabolous over one of the many Game Documentary beats featured on the mixtape (this one in particular is “Put You On To Game”). Faboulous stays “with that heat like Stan Van Gundy” and signature Joey Crack pumps a mix of sex, money and drugs to the usual expression of his God-given braggin’ rights that serve perfection as precursor to track two, which comes to no one’s surprise as Khaled’s choice for first original track. None other than Fat Joe’s ode to Curtis Jackson, stamped “Fuck 50″ pulls in. Most of the avid followers of the current soap opera-ish like beef plauging hip hop have heard this song, so there’s not really much else to say about this or Jadakiss’ response (which is also featured on this mixtape), except for “awww mannn….damn!”.

And as you may already know, it’s sure as hell isn’t a movie but it must definately be a miracle because Khaled actually got multi-platinum producer Scott Storch of to relive and replay live classic beats such as 2000’s “Still Dre”, and last year’s “Lean Back” on the keyboard in what is said to be Scott’s personal studio. And Khaled even brings a comedic Timbaland for a live rendition of “Cry Me A River”. These are what classic mixtape moments are made of.

DJ Khaled keeps his ear close to the ‘three oh five’ avenues and streets and features vocals from the likes of Smitty, Pitbull, C-Ride, Brisco and a debut performance as a rapper from Dre, who you may know as half of the production duo that we know as Cool-N-Dre. However, the most authentic and most refreshing representation of Miami has got to be none other than Trick Daddy’s piece “Ride For My Niggaz”, which is a little over one minute long, is reminicent to Trick’s Book Of Thugs days. This is what Trick’s Thug Matrimony should of sounded like.

It might be his high-profile acquaintances or his ability to come up with a new trademark saying every few days but Khaled has shown everybody that it doesn’t matter what it is that you do, but that if you do something; do it to epidemic proportions. Let the games begin…

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