New CDs From Ghostface, DJ Drama, Scarface, & Styles P Flood The Racks

 Just in time for the holiday buying season, hip-hop is showing up in full force as new releases from a long list of major artists are set to hit shelves today (Dec. 4).


The fourth quarter is shaping up to be a star-studded one, as a fresh crop of big name projects make their way to record stores. Among the albums will be Ghostface Killah's The Big Doe Rehab, the follow-up disc to 2006's More Fish. In a recent exclusive interview with the Shaolin MC, Ghost said that he revisited the record in order to fit in his Wu brethren.

"I started to go back and see where I could fit everybody in,'' he said. ''I started to think, like, where I could put Method Man, where I could put U-God. I already knew where I wanted Rae to be so, it just kinda worked like that."

In addition to Ghost, Southern hip-hop staples DJ Drama and Scarface are also set to drop. Drama's Gangsta Grillz: The Album will feature guest appearances from T.I., Young Jeezy, Outkast, Rick Ross, Pharell, Clipse and others. Drama described the tape as, "a 'Gangsta Grillz' mixtape on steroids." Houston vet Scarface's latest effort, M.A.D.E. will see the former Geto Boy doing production on the set, as well as guest verses from Lil' Wayne, T.I., and Z-Ro.

Def Jam CEO and all around mogul Jay-Z is also releasing an a capella version of his album American Gangster. This news probably comes to the delight of producers from coast to coast, seeing as how DJ/producer Danger Mouse, now of Gnarls Barkley, catapulted his career from utilizing a capellas from Jigga's Black Album in 2003.

Yonkers representative Styles P is also dropping his latest set, Supa Gangsta, Extraordinary Gentleman. The album is the third solo project from Paniero and sees him sharing the mic with Akon, Ray J, Ghostface Killah, Black Thought and Max B. The disc is the follow-up to his sophomore Time Is Money. "I would say I made three albums between (2006's) Time Is Money and this one,'' P said. ''I make songs every day. If not a song then a freestyle.

Fugees' founding member Wyclef Jean is also back with his The Carnival II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant. With the set's lead single "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" boasting guest appearances from Akon, Lil' Wayne and Niia, the multi-talented artist is hoping to capitalize on some of the song's momentum. [Watch Wyclef interview as he breaks down his new disc]

To go along with the aforementioned LP's, highly anticipated releases today will also see the West Coast making their presence known with posthumous material released from Tupac Shakur, Eazy E and Mack 10. Pac's double disc, entitled The Best Of Tupac, features a collection of the legendary MC's most memorable cuts, while Eazy-E's Starring Eazy, will focus on the NWA front man's shining moments on the mic. Mack 10 also gets a best of treatment with Foe Life: The Best of Mack 10. Bay Area champion Too Short also reemerges with Bible Of A Pimp.

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