Listen 2 This #08

L2T On The Road: Chicago, Ill.

THE TIP In the summer of 2000, as Nelly was making the world safer for radio-friendly Midwest rap, Chi-town MC Reggie Codell sought to give edgier, underground, landlocked artists an outlet. With his local industry contacts, the 30-year-old opened the Tip, a North Chicago hip-hop hot spot that sells independent records alongside 106 & Park regulars. Codell prizes the production on the ''highly polished yet gritty'' CWAL Ballaz gangsta-rap compilation currently holding the No. 2 spot on the Tip's best-seller list and finds the content ''lyrically superior to most street rap nowadays.'' As if booty bumpin' could ever get old. -- KR

1 GOD'S SON Nas (Ill Will/Columbia)

2 NATION CITY CWAL Ballaz (CWAL Mob Recordings)

3 IT AIN'T SAFE NO MORE, Busta Rhymes (J)

4 ELECTRIC CIRCUS Common (MCA)

5 DAT'S HOW... Da Headbussaz (Hypnotize Minds)

6 GREATEST HITS PsychoDrama (Padded Room)

7 SO MANY PROBLEMS Grind Family (No Guts No Glory)

8 KINGS OF CRUNK Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (TVT)

9 SNYPAZ Snypaz (Rap-A-Lot)

10 FREE AGENT Ric Jilla (Quicktabuss)

Week ending 1/21/03

Originally posted Feb 07, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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