Clinton Sparks - Welcome To Bad Boy    
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Being a fan isn't a critic's dream, it's annoying actually. Artists/producers like Clinton Sparks 'cause problems because of this. It seem Sparks can't help but put out quality mixtapes/CD's. His vocal's aren't as ear-piercing as Clue's or Kay Slay's, they're mixed to fit in with the sound of the material and his compilations flow flooded with great music.

"Welcome To Bad Boy" is a Bad Boy showcase by and large. Remixes of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Duets" material are scattered throughout the CD including some exclusives which weren't on the album. "I Want That Old Thing Back" featuring Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant re-uses old Biggie vocals and assembles a decent new song, plus surprisingly Biggie is paired with Ghostface (whose had words for him in the past) twice. "3 Bricks" features Biggie alongside Raekwon and Ghostface. The sinister track feels like the direction that post-Life After Death Biggie was moving into, and the Wu connection works. Biggie also improves Ghostface's "Back Like That" with Ne-Yo as Sparks remixes them together.

Bad Boy's new R&B act Cheri Dennis has a few exclusives here, as does 8Ball & MJG and Ness. Black Rob and the Mad Rapper also make a couple of appearances, however, it's the non-Bad Boy exclusives that drive the mixtape over the edge. T.I.'s "Swagger" defines the term smooth. I find T.I. very hit and miss, but over the relaxed "pimped out," funky beat T.I. shows how he swaggers. I'm also guilty of finding Busta's club banger "Touch It" remix a repeated listen, it seems the NYPD evader still has a strong knack for mainstream and underground accepted club songs. The remix features Mary J. Blige rapping, as well as Rah Digga, DMX, Missy, Lloyd Banks and Papoose.

Clinton Sparks also throws out a Nas exclusive freestyle and two Mobb Deep exclusives from "Blood Money."

Yet another Clinton Sparks mixtape which works like a proper release.









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