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Smokin Day, Pt. 2

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One of the better mixtapes to hit the streets in 2003 (and surely the most disseminated), Smokin Day, Pt. 2 brought together two of the hottest rappers of the moment, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent, along with their respective crews and DJ Whookid, who splices together the somewhat hodgepodge mix. Snoop and 50 initially came together for the summer-long Roc the Mic tour (which also featured a withdrawn Jay-Z at times). During the tour, the D-O-double G and the self-proclaimed P-I-M-P sparked up a friendship and, like true rap superstars, realized the commercial potential of cross-marketing to their respective fan bases. And cross-market they did, as here Snoop ad-libs on 50's much talked-about collabo with 2Pac, the Red Spyda-produced "Realest Killas" (Snoop interrupts the intro to interject, "Yo Whookid, that sh*t is crazy! Bring that motherf*ckin' beat back!" as the DJ then rewinds the track). Furthermore, Snoop lets 50's G-Unit partner Lloyd Banks jump on "Beautiful," the Doggfather's summer anthem, which Banks proceeds to flip gangsta-style (changing the original "Beautiful, I just want you know/That I love you so" hook to "Hoodrat, I just want you to know/You can't get no dough"). In exchange, Snoop jumps on 50's "P.I.M.P.," letting everyone know that he's indeed a "C-R-I-P." The remaining tracks on Smokin Day, Pt. 2 aren't anywhere near as interesting -- some of them previously released ("High All the Time," "True Loyalty"), others simply freestyles, most all of them smoke-related. But Whookid weaves these ragtag tracks into an agreeable mix, resulting in a fun CD for fans who can't get enough of Snoop and 50. But more to the point, Smokin Day, Pt. 2 is a cheap place to get two of the year's more desirable bootlegs: "The Realest Killas" and the "P.I.M.P." remix.

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