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The theory that mixtapes are the realm for the new and interesting is shot to death by DMP's The Teamsta Mixtape. This Virginia-based group, consisting of Black-N-Deckah, Big Shot, Killah Khi and Star, cobbles together seventeen tracks that run the gamut from decent to reprehensible.

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The group reworks New Edition's "Mr. Telephone Man" under the guise of "Mr. Smif-N-Wessun Man," which ends up being no more than a trite ode to guns. Petey Pablo and Fam-Lay do separate guest spots on "Freestyle" and "Pop 'Em," both of which are riddled with humorless and boring rhymes and commercial-lite beats.

One of the few bright spots comes late on the tape, that being the Royce Da 5'9"-featured "My South Game." It hints at what DMP and Nottz are capable of, although an already respected emcee helps bring that out. The old-school feel of the beats make the track. These guys have potential, but it doesn't shine through here.

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