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He's My 'Clone'

ThaliaUbiquitous production team the Neptunes has readied a compilation featuring artists from its Star Trak label. Due this week, "Star Trak Presents... Clones" is described by Neptunes principal Chad Hugo as "our official stamp album. It's a compilation to wave the flag and let people know about the label. We produced everything here."

Among the artists appearing are Dirt McGirt (formerly Ol' Dirty Bastard), Clipse, Foxy Brown, Kelis, Busta Rhymes, Spymob, and up-and-coming Star Trak signees Rosco P. Coldchain and Vanessa Marquez. The Neptunes' band, N*E*R*D, contributes the new track "Loser," while Neptunes member Pharrell Williams offers the solo cut "Frontin," featuring Jay-Z.

Hugo says he is particularly excited to be working again with McGirt, whose 1999 Elektra album "Nigga Please" featured production by the Neptunes. As for "Loser," he enthuses, "to me, that is a stadium anthem. Someone said we should submit it to the Olympics. Everyone sings 'We Are the Champions,' but this is 'We Are the Champions' and 'Dr. Who' mixed together."