That whole DJ Drama mess spooked the crap out of mixtape DJs, to the extent that hometown hero CLINTON SPARKS done closed up shop on Mixunit, started a blog, took a day job at VH1, and is giving away his entire mixtape library for free.
Latest: a collabo with . . . Tommy friggin' Lee?
We give you Hip Pop Rock Star. As amusing as it is to hear Fatman Scoop and Mr. Pam compete for cheesiest drop of the week, we caution: this is not Clinton's finest hour. The concept (Justin and PCD top-40 over MTV rock) is juicy but not new, and the execution is pretty spotty. Most of these blends are the kind of barely-synched shite you hear on Kiss 108's "mashup mafia" show, which is generally not how our dude throws down. Notable exception: Beyonce's "Ring the Alarm" over AC/DC. Bey-Bey obv. wanted to get some screamo out of her system on that one anyway, and surprise: it sounds way better with Angus guitars. Superproducers please take note: R&B divas + hard rock = fire. Always.
Clinton's been busy smashing spring break parties, so he hasn't been home in a minute -- matter of fact, sometimes it feels like Tommy Lee DJs here more than Clinton does. So make your plans early: Sparks returns to Boston with a gig April 29 at Mantra.
DOWNLOAD: Clinton Sparks and Tommy Lee, Hip Pop Rock Star (.zip mp3s)