Beats, Rhymes & Battles, Vol. 1 [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
On Beats, Rhymes & Battles, Vol. 1, longtime New York icon DJ Red Alert compiles the most famous MC battles of the '80s and importantly narrates the album, revealing the stories behind the rhymes. He begins in 1984 with the Roxanne episode that began with U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne" and was eventually followed by innumerable answer records, most notably Roxanne Shanté's "Roxanne's Revenge" and the Real Roxanne's "The Real Roxanne," which are both compiled here. He then moves on to the back-and-forth Queensbridge-South Bronx rivalry between Marley Marl's Juice Crew "The Bridge," "Kill That Noise" and KRS-One's Boogie Down Productions "South Bronx," "The Bridge Is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
On Beats, Rhymes & Battles, Vol. 1, longtime New York icon DJ Red Alert compiles the most famous MC battles of the '80s and importantly narrates the album, revealing the stories behind the rhymes. He begins in 1984 with the Roxanne episode that began with U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne" and was eventually followed by innumerable answer records, most notably Roxanne Shanté's "Roxanne's Revenge" and the Real Roxanne's "The Real Roxanne," which are both compiled here. He then moves on to the back-and-forth Queensbridge-South Bronx rivalry between Marley Marl's Juice Crew "The Bridge," "Kill That Noise" and KRS-One's Boogie Down Productions "South Bronx," "The Bridge Is Over". Next comes LL Cool J's pair of late-'80s answer records "Jack the Ripper," "To da Break of Dawn" in particular response to Kool Moe Dee, whom he surprised on-stage mid-performance in Dallas in 1988, according to Red Alert. The two concluding battles Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick versus Salt-n-Pepa; Antoinette versus MC Lyte aren't quite as spirited, though the stories are curious to hear. You've likely heard many of the tracks on Beats, Rhymes & Battles, Vol. 1 before if you're a hip-hop enthusiast; however, Red Alert's stories are worthwhile by themselves, as he speaks communally with much flair and shares many little-known anecdotes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • EAN: 4988009237718
  • Catalog Number: 2377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Conversation 1 (3:05)
  2. 2 Roxanne, Roxanne (2:55)
  3. 3 Roxanne's Revenge (4:02)
  4. 4 The Real Roxanne (2:40)
  5. 5 Conversation 2 (2:47)
  6. 6 The Bridge - MC Shan (2:26)
  7. 7 South Bronx (2:42)
  8. 8 Kill That Noise - MC Shan (2:05)
  9. 9 The Bridge Is Over (2:40)
  10. 10 Conversation 3 (How Ya Like Me Now) (2:00)
  11. 11 Jack the Ripper (4:33)
  12. 12 Conversation 4 (3:36)
  13. 13 To da Break of Dawn (4:28)
  14. 14 Conversation 5 (0:45)
  15. 15 The Show - Doug E. Fresh (4:59)
  16. 16 Conversation 6 (1:39)
  17. 17 The Show Stopper (4:59)
  18. 18 Conversation 7 (1:03)
  19. 19 I Got an Attitude - Antoinette (3:49)
  20. 20 10% Dis (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Red Alert Primary Artist, Voices
Kool Moe Dee Track Performer
MC Lyte Track Performer
Public Enemy Musician
The Real Roxanne Track Performer
Salt-N-Pepa Track Performer
Roxanne Shanté Track Performer
Slick Rick Track Performer
U.T.F.O. Track Performer
MC Shan Track Performer
Doug E. Fresh Track Performer
KRS-One Track Performer
LL Cool J Track Performer
Chris Lighty Voices
Che Harris Voices
Technical Credits
Sonny Rollins Composer
LL Cool J Composer
Scott La Rock Composer
L. Parker Composer
Doug Wilson Engineer
Scott Stanfield Art Direction
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