Queens mixtape wizard DJ Envy
culminates years of hard work and success off of his award-winning Sopranos mix tape series with the first installment of Desert Storm
. Taking tracks from some of 2003's top rap artists, cutting and splicing some of their hits together, and overlapping a somewhat excessive if not annoying shout-out guy on top isn't exactly a new concept. But what separates Envy
from the rest of the pack is his execution and track selection, often overlooking top anthems for equally as potent album tracks or follow-up hits that didn't receive as much acclaim on their initial release. Also of noteworthy interest are vividly hysterical interludes by comedian Jamie Foxx
and Stephon Marbury.