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Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa partner for forthcoming film and album, Common makes “Sweet” music and Master P remerges for another grab at fame -- read on for the Rap-Up list.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Get “High” Together

The rap duo famously shares an affinity for potent herb and have collaborated on songs. Now Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa have taken their collaborations to a new level. The pair’s forthcoming film, “Mac And Devin Go To High School,” is due in 2012, while its soundtrack has gotten a jumpstart thanks to the single “Young, Wild & Free,” a reflective, piano-accented tune that features Bruno Mars.

The soundtrack is due in stores December 13, the same day the duo wrap the six-city “High School Tour” at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. In the film, Snoop plays Mac, a 15-year senior, while Wiz portrays Devin, a valedictorian struggling to write his graduation speech. The two form an unlikely partnership, which sets the stage for what should be an interesting flick.

Common’s New Material Is “Sweet”

The former Common Sense has gone from one of rap’s most underrated artists in the early 1990s to one of its most successful, most consistent, most respected acts – being a successful actor, pitchman and philanthropist certainly doesn’t hurt the cause, either. The Chicago rapper’s new single “Sweet” is culled from his forthcoming album, “The Dreamer/The Believer.”

Due in stores December 20, the release reunites Common with longtime producer No ID, who produced the majority of the album. I was in the studio with producer The Legendary Traxster earlier this month (he’s good friends with No ID) and he told me that this may be Common’s best album. Judging by “Sweet” and fellow single “Blue Sky,” Traxster may be onto something. Regardless, Common has come out of the gates strong with the early material from “The Dreamer/The Believer.”

Master P Renames Himself Monstahh, Arrives With “TMZ” Single

As one of the most important figures in rap history, Master P revolutionized the independent rap business. His mid-1990s deal with Priority Records forever altered the music business landscape by giving an independent rap label national distribution.

In P’s example, his No Limit Records went from a regional powerhouse to a national phenomenon with gold and platinum albums from Master P, Snoop Dogg, Mystikal, C-Murder, Silkk The Shocker, TRU and a host of others. More than a decade removed from that success, the self-proclaimed Ghetto Bill Gates has reemerged as Monstahh with the gritty “TMZ (Too Many Zeros)” single. A play off the name of the celebrity-chasing website and its accompanying television show, P proves yet again that his hustle never stops.

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