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11.01.06 05:55 PM

Mick Boogie Presents Superman Returns

mick_boogie_superman_return.jpg As I sit here listening to Mick Boogie's Mick Boogie Presents Superman Returns...Hov Is Back, I appreciate his intentions. I mean, who doesn't like a Mick Boogie remix right? And while Allhiphop.com might think we're in need of Jay-Z right now, I'm not so convinced.

Granted, I've been a Hov fan since way back, before way back. Believe it or not, he used to be a neighbor of mine in BK and I had the opportunity to conduct one of the first Roc-A-Fella interviews from a business angle for a little youth pub I used to write for back in the mid 90s. Even got to pop "Cris," yeah "Cris," with Hov and Dame. And since the director of some of his first videos had a crush on the kid, I even almost got a chance to appear in one. Chickened out, of course.

But anyway, this post ain't about me, it's about Jay-Z. Superman? Nah. I would have believed that maybe even a year ago, before all of his weak verses on his latest collabs, and the release of "Show Me What You Got." There's this little cultural practice called "Passing The Torch," ever heard of it? Some cats just need to do that. Put down the mic, and be business men and leaders. But that's another story. Back to Mick Boogie's mixtape.

This compilations is definitely for the fans who have been missing Jay-Z, which I have. So in that way, it's good. All good. It features a few of the latest collabs I mentioned in the afore paragraph -- Lupe Fiasco, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, Beyonce. My favorites: Ray Cash featuring Scarface and Jay-Z on "Bumpin' My Music (Remix)," and then there's Jay-Z and Angelous (you know the BK MC who sounds oh so similar to Jay-Z, including flow and ad libs) on "Brooklyn." But a relistening of "Allure," and the addition to Reasonable Doubts "22 Twos" in a verse title "44 Fours" ain't bad listening either.

Jay-Z's live performance of "44 4's" at the Nokia Theater, celebrating the anniversary of Reasonable Doubt.

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