Not generally known as a mixtape DJ, Benny Ben comes clean on his first offering of soul with 22 summer jams that every hip-hop head needs to own. Local joints include One Be Los Axis and Finale and S-Types Soul For Your Stereo, which offers probably the best beat and lyrics on the comp. Other standouts include 50 Cents In My Hood, Jay-Zs Dear Summer, and Paul Wall getting nasty on Sittin Sidewayz. Royce Da 59, Common, and Chino XL bang out on Enough Beef and Emanons emcee-producer extraordinaire Exile gives Slum Village a sub-woofer-shriveling beat on the reworked Time Has Come. For the old-school Binary Star fans, theres a new spin from Senim Silla and L.A. underground producer Mums the Word which offers a peek at Sillas growth since he left Michigan in 2001. Its solid to see a DJ produce a mixtape the correct way; dope beats, some shout-outs and a slew of lurching tracks to light up music fans of any genre. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.Jonathan Cunningham is a freelance writer. Send comments to email@example.com
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