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The Mike Love Show: Welcome Home John Monopoly featured on MTV's Mixtape Monday
June 07, 2004

Artist: Mike Love

Mixtape: The Mike Love Show: Welcome Home John Monopoly

Representing: Chicago

The 411: You may wonder who in the world John Monopoly is and where he's returning from, but John actually hasn't been gone from the scene at all — Love is just welcoming him back home to his native Windy City. Monopoly has served as an A&R rep at Violator and as an executive at Jive, he played a key role in signing rap blue-chip prospect Dirtbag, and even more notably, Monopoly manages Kanye West.

Joints To Check For:
"Mike Love's Workout Plan" by Kanye West. This is actually a remix of Kanye West's "The New Workout Plan." Not to be confused with the upcoming Lil Jon remix of "The New Workout Plan," this Mike Love exclusive has more of a club-tailored house music beat.

"The Food" by Common featuring Kanye West. Com premiered this joint a few months ago via a performance on "Chappelle's Show." Common is in straight throwback mode, rapping with the pinpointed b-boy poignancy that blessed such albums as Resurrection (1994) and One Day It'll All Make Sense (1997). He and Kanye rhyme about hustling — not for the riches and the Bentleys, but to feed families. "Paper can't change a man's aura, it can feed a man's daughter," Common raps. "I stand for the blue collar on the side, making a few dollars/ Like Sam Jack, they maneuver through drama."
"I'm Rick James Bitch" by Ill/Wolf. You've heard plenty of MCs reference one of the most famous skits from "Chappelle's Show," where Dave Chappelle imitated Rick James (see "Dave Chappelle: The Reason Grandmas Know Who Lil Jon Is"), but this underground cat from the Chi has taken it upon himself to make a whole song from the perspective of the legendary Super Freak. The excessive use of the "b" word is probably going to be a little too much for some, but you can't be too upset at somebody who has the audacity to actually rap over a sample of Rick James' "Ebony Eyes."



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