Mixtape, MN

Local hip hop gets mixed up with the trend

Crowds might move to the overwhelmingly local Minnesota State: A.K.A. Fuck the Industry Vol. 2, issued by new Digital City owner Big-G (and available for free at the store), which features a recent Kingz collabo with R.L. of Next, and plenty of R&B harmony leavening its thug poses. (Check the gorgeous sing-rap of Sandman.) And B96 might play RockCity Productions' Who Made the Beat Bang Vol. 1, probably the only disc you'll find with both T-Hud and I Self Devine, and available for free at Urban Connection, a hip-hop kiosk at the Mall of America. Mingling the Timberwolves and Rhymesayers exclusives with tracks by Cam'Ron and Bubba Sparxxx, producer RockCity merges national and local on a half-minute preview snippet of "Timing"—a collaboration between Fiction and Memphis Bleek that was facilitated by Urban Connection owner Mark Webster Jr. (a.k.a. Web$tar). When I mention to Webster that the I Self track is a good candidate for future mixtape bootlegging, he's not upset by the idea. "We don't own the rights to a lot of these records anyway, so it's not like we're going to chase those people down," he says. "But if that gets placed on 10 other CDs, that's more promotion for us."

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