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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 1999-08-16 at Sony Music TV

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      15.08.2001 07:08
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      The obvious medium to accompany the series with some not so obvious selections, ‘The Hip Hop Years’ charts the history of rap from the original roots to the commercialism of the cristal-sipping cats via the glory of gangstas. It reads like a who’s who of the hallowed game – all the major playaz are there, most of them on merit, some to merely emphasise the diverse avenues rap has spiralled into; and while not the most exhaustive round up a la the ‘Hip Hop Don’t Stop Series’, it certainly is the perfect backdrop to a series based on insight and intensity that rap music thrives on. Disc One, basically, kicks hard with a startlingly superlative selection. The original funk soul brother James Brown ‘Gives It Up And Turns It Loose’ by inadvertantly creating the modern day rap monster, with essential landmark tracks ‘Rappers Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang and ‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash and his Furious Five still sound fresh, funky and phat even after all these years. These really are remarkable tunes that shouldn’t be underestimated in their ensuing influence for years to come. The inimitable sassy saxophone of The 45 King’s ‘900 Number’ still rocks the party with unnerving ease, the space-age electro-magnetism of Afrika Bambaataa and Mantronix and the frequency-fiddling of Fred Wesley’s ‘Blow Your Head’ all remain killer cuts while staying locked in the brain for as long as they have resided in rap’s hall of fame. As the tracks progress the MC’s come out to play – cue Rakim’s magnificently mauvais tones to Eric B’s critical cut up of the Jackson 5 on ‘I Know You Got Soul; the supreme ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz’ with Stetsasonic still riding alongside that double-barelled bassline, and KRS-1 beginning to preach profanity on BDP’s ‘Stop The Violence’, plus NWA’s bl
      ueprint for the gangsta gala that will ensue on the genre-busting ‘Express Yourself’. Add contributions from Blondie, Mantronix, De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Babe Ruth and the golden age of aural attacks and crews battling with grooves rather than gats sparks off nostalgia for all the right reasons. You can almost smell the spraycans and feel the spinning and popping of tracksuit-bearing bodies throughout a near faultless line up. Progressively leaving all the original good vibes behind, Disc Two charts the game’s progress to the modern day era of blatant sampling, gun culture and the whole bad-ass attitude hip hop spawned – plus how not to do rap as the inclusion of MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’ serves a reminder to us all that rap really can begin with a C after all. Inauspicious outings by Kid Frost and Arrested Development quivver lily-livered in the looming shadow of the rough and raw ruggedness of Ice T’s ‘I Ain’t New To This’ and Scarface’s ‘Hand Of The Dead Body’. The new breed begin to hit the target with creativity given a larger billing as production now began to count as well as your rhyming skills – cue the Wu to drop a wonderful contradiction of tough lyrics and beautiful piano-based finesse on ‘CREAM’ and the Luniz to chip in with the unavoidable menace-strewn hook of ‘I Got 5 On It’. The emerging dominance of more laid back R & B flavas are well represented by Total (‘Can’t You See’) and Missy Elliott (‘The Rain – Supa Dupa Fly’), while underground reputation in some cases became a substitute for pop credibility, the money end of the market and sample-frenzy stylistics, with Will Smith’s feel-good top-fiver ‘Getting Jiggy Wit It’ and Jay-Z’s abominable ‘Hard Knock Life’, while not being the most inventive of rap instances, making important contribu
      tions in this rap rundown. The Hip Hop Years then. Without adding anything particularly spectacular to the compilation series, a nice timeline of the triumphant and terrible, the tragic and the gun-toters in this game we call rap...


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Give It Up Or Turn It Loose - Brown, James (1)
      2 Rapper's Delight - Sugarhill Gang
      3 Rapture - Blondie
      4 Planet Rock - Bambaataa, Afrika & The Soul Sonic Force
      5 Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
      6 Bassline - Mantronix
      7 I Know You Got Soul - Eric B & Rakim
      8 900 Number - 45 King
      9 Express Yourself - NWA
      10 Stop The Violence - Boogie Down Productions
      11 Talkin' All That Jazz - Stetsasonic
      12 Eye Know - De La Soul
      13 Ladies First - Queen Latifah
      14 Blow Your Head - Wesley, Fred & The JB's
      15 Mexican - Babe Ruth
      16 It's Just Again - Castor, Jimmy Bunch
      17 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo - Tribe Called Quest
      18 Ya Estuvo - Kid Frost
      19 U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
      20 OPP - Naughty By Nature
      21 People Everyday - Arrested Development
      22 I Ain't New Ta This - Ice-T
      23 Funkafied - Da Brat
      24 Hand Of The Dead Body - Scarface & Ice Cube
      25 CREAM - Wu-Tang Clan
      26 Vocab - Fugees
      27 I Got 5 On It - Luniz
      28 Can't You See - Total & Notorious BIG
      29 Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) - Elliott, Missy
      30 Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Smith, Will
      31 Superthug - Noreaga
      32 Hard Knock Life - Jay-Z
      33 Ashley's Roach Clip - Soul Searchers

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