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‘Back In The Day’ Rapper Ahmad Returns With Mixtape Video

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Ahmad, the Los Angeles rapper who scored the 1994 hit "Back In TheDay," has made a video for the three freestyles he features on DJ Far's WesternConference All-Stars Special Edition mixtape.

Ahmad, who hosts the mixtape with 99 songs and 102 rappers, rhymesover beats for Jay-Z's "D.O.A.," Drake's "Best I Ever Had," and Kid Cudi's "DayN Nite."

Watch Ahmad's mixtape video

Ahmad shows his skills on each of the songs, especially theDrake and Cudi instrumentals.

While Drake's original pays homage to the best girl he'sever had, Ahmad changes the focus to hip-hop, rapping, "Hip hop you my everything,you all I ever wanted. We gon' do it real big, bigger than we ever done it."

With his singing sounding reminiscent of D'Angelo, Ahmadfocuses on being an uncontestable MC.

Ahmad loosens up for the Kid Cudi track, bouncing around thevideo while cleverly injecting his own "Back In The Day" lyric, "I'm not a kidanymore."

Ahmad takes on a faster paced rap as he tosses out back toback punch lines, noting that the distinction between him and the next rapperis like "day and nite."

He spares no mercy: "It's a rapper on my shoulder can I kill'em, I ain't worried about his name or if he famous, I can't feel 'em."

I've been a fan of Ahmad since his Giant Records debut. Hekilled his verse on "Come Widdit" with other West Coast luminaries Ras Kass andSaafir. I was disappointed that his sophomore solo album never came out.

He made a couple great records with his now defunct hip hopband, 4th AvenueJones. The first 4th Ave record was released on Interscope.

His next album, "The Death Of Me," is due out in 2010 on hisown We C.L.A.P. Records in partnership with Syntax. We C.L.A.P. is an acronymfor We Change Lives And Perceptions.

In addition to his music, Ahmad has spent the last few yearsin college. He will graduate from Stanfordthis Spring with a degree in Sociology. Before transferring to the privateresearch university, he attended Long Beach City College where he finished asvaledictorian.

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