Initially just one among countless other mixtape DJs in New York, DJ Whookid rose to prominence alongside fellow Queens native 50 Cent
and his G-Unit
posse, whose freestyles he featured extensively and exclusively on his mixes.
By the time 50
blew up in early 2003, Whookid (born Yves Mondesire) had already released a half-dozen or so mixtapes featuring G-Unit
, including 50 Cent Is the Future, No Mercy, No Fear, and God's Plan. Following 50
's huge breakthrough, the Queens rapper continued to grace Whookid with yet more exclusive freestyles, which the DJ then mixed on such releases as G Unit Radio, Pt. 2: International Ballers. By this point very well known among the street-level rap community, Whookid also began collaborating with Snoop Dogg
on such mixes as Smokin Day, Pt. 2 and Snoop for President. Also in 2003, Full Clip Records released a commercial Whookid mix, Hood Radio, Vol. 1, which continued to further the upstart DJ's reputation. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi