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image of Dean TsouvalasThe FML Insider's got you covered like Saran Wrap: This week, meet the 'Tom Brokaw of the hood', get ready to go gold, live life by the G-Code, and finally why everyone in the FML should fear Amarpan.

Dem Boyz
P.Diddy's latest discovery is an underground southern rap quartet of 'gangsters' who go by the name of Boyz N Da Hood. Jody Breeze, Big Gee, Young Jeezy and Duke took the title of the celebrated John Singleton film as their name. They consider their sound to be 'from the street,' not watered down, but the authentic beat from the ghetto. In fact these old school rappers follow the G-Code of ethics, which they consider 'is a state of mind' and say you must stand up for what you believe. In fact, BNDH consider themselves the 'Tom Brokaw of the hood' because they feel that they represent what is going on in the hood - broadcast the voice of the street. Young Jeezy is the first BNDH who also has a solo album that will drop later this month titled, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Boyz N Da Hood debut this week on the FML.

Coming to America
Natasha Bedingfield is the only other artist making her first appearance on the FML. While unknown in the U.S., Bedingfield is an international superstar poised to conquer this country. Her self-penned debut album Unwritten was incredibly successful in the UK. But now that Bedingfield has crossed the pond, she will be all over the U.S. 'telly' this summer with appearances on the Tonight Show and Good Morning America.

Gold Status
Next week the FML drops Gold. If you've owned an artist for 4 consecutive weeks, and that artist stays on the eTracks chart for all 4 weeks, you earn a bonus of 10 percent of the artist's weekly revenue for those 4 weeks. So pick'em right. Mariah Carey's cheap signing price of $2 million would have earned you $6.4 million for your fantasy label this week. Meanwhile if you were one of the folks who bought Maroon 5 or Usher for a whopping $25 million to $24 million respectively, you walked away with zip, nada, zero, a big fat goose egg…you get the picture.

Scars
Papa Roach proves that nu-metal is still alive. The band that rocked the alternative universe with it's anthem of self-loathing a few years ago, return with the hit single Scars. This week Papa Roach saw an 835% increase in revenue, generating a cool $1.6 million for the label with the insight of this alt-metal group. In other Papa Roach news, according to People magazine, Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner, 29, and model Mia Tyler (daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler), 26, have split following two years of marriage.

Digital Roasters
So far this season the player with the golden touch is the player Armapan. Not only has Armapan been in first place on the open league, with over a million dollar lead, but this savvy fantasy music league player is also in first place on the Indie League, where Armapan is almost $3 million bucks ahead. Anyone a match for the Digital Roasters label?

Dean Tsouvalas is the current writer of the Lycos 50 - the most popular people, places and things users are searching for online and Lycos Director of Content. Tsouvalas is a former ABC News Television producer of Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer. You can write Dean, and tell him what Pon De Replay really means, at insider@fantasymusicleague.com