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Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Profile released a stack of R&B, freestyle, punk, rock, and reggae records, but scholars of '80s and '90s rap see Steve Plotnicki and Cory Robbins' venture as a crucial source with a rep as indisputable as that of any other rap label. For evidence, check Ego Trip's compulsory Book of Rap Lists, where roughly half of the 31 tracks compiled here made the authors' collaborative year-based charts. Giant Single is a long-overdue two-disc compilation that covers Profile's rap output, from Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde's "Genius Rap" (featuring future label executive Andre Harrell) to Camp Lo's "Luchini (aka This Is It)" -- two buoyant party anthems separated by 15 years. During...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Profile released a stack of R&B, freestyle, punk, rock, and reggae records, but scholars of '80s and '90s rap see Steve Plotnicki and Cory Robbins' venture as a crucial source with a rep as indisputable as that of any other rap label. For evidence, check Ego Trip's compulsory Book of Rap Lists, where roughly half of the 31 tracks compiled here made the authors' collaborative year-based charts. Giant Single is a long-overdue two-disc compilation that covers Profile's rap output, from Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde's "Genius Rap" (featuring future label executive Andre Harrell) to Camp Lo's "Luchini (aka This Is It)" -- two buoyant party anthems separated by 15 years. During that decade-and-a-half span, the label covered many of the styles and trends within hip-hop while developing an aesthetic that earned each release buy-on-sight or must-hear status from the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff and heavyweight A&R man Dante Ross. The label's biggest act was easily Run-D.M.C. Two of the hardest tracks from Hollis' finest are here, along with "Walk This Way," their crossover-smash duel with Aerosmith. The only other artist with more than one track is Dana Dane, a humorous storyteller who adopted a fake English accent -- he had been a member of the Kangol Crew with British-American schoolmate Slick Rick -- and went gold. Even without the contributions of Run-D.M.C. and Dana Dane, the set would be essential. Any comp that boasts a varied range of classics like Rammellzee vs. K-Rob's "Beat Bop," Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's platinum "It Takes Two," Special Ed's "I Got It Made," Poor Righteous Teachers' "Rock Dis Funky Joint," DJ Quik's "Born and Raised in Compton," and Smoothe da Hustler's "Broken Language" makes that grade. Not every track of creative and/or commercial significance is included; the Cold Crush Brothers' "Fresh, Fly, Wild, and Bold," Eric B. & Rakim's "Eric B. Is President" (issued on sublabel Zakia), and N2DEEP's "Back to the Hotel" do not appear, possibly due to licensing issues. Still, Giant Single is a crucial part of hip-hop history. Testimonials from 16 hip-hop figures, along with sharp liner notes from Dan Charnas (onetime Profile employee and author of The Big Payback), only add value.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886974975120
  • Catalog Number: 749751
  • Sales rank: 101,649

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Genius Rap - Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (4:41)
  2. 2 Whip Rap - Disco Four (4:32)
  3. 3 Beat Bop - K Rob (6:11)
  4. 4 Fresh - Fresh 3 MC's (3:54)
  5. 5 Here Comes That Beat! - George "Galaxy" Llado (6:49)
  6. 6 King Kut - DJ Cheese (4:29)
  7. 7 Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1) - Run-D.M.C. (3:11)
  8. 8 A Fly Guy - Pebblee-Poo (7:16)
  9. 9 Nightmares - Dana Dane (5:16)
  10. 10 Get Off My Tip! - Masterdon Committee (5:20)
  11. 11 Lies, Lies - Rap-O-Matic Ltd. (4:39)
  12. 12 I Can't Wait (To Rock the Mike) - DJ Doc (4:05)
  13. 13 Drag Rap - Showboys (6:04)
  14. 14 It's My Beat - Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce (4:38)
  15. 15 Ragamuffin Hip-Hop - Asher D (5:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. (3:40)
  2. 2 Cinderfella Dana Dane - Dana Dane (5:24)
  3. 3 It Takes Two - DJ E-Z Rock (4:59)
  4. 4 Beats To the Rhyme - Run-D.M.C. (2:42)
  5. 5 Give 'Em a Sample - Too Kool Posse (4:28)
  6. 6 I Got It Made - Special Ed (3:42)
  7. 7 Do It To the Crowd - Twin Hype (5:03)
  8. 8 Hey Love - King Sun (6:07)
  9. 9 Ah, and We Do It Like This - Onyx (5:09)
  10. 10 Rock Dis Funky Joint - Poor Righteous Teachers (5:12)
  11. 11 Born and Raised In Compton - DJ Quik (3:26)
  12. 12 Be True To Yourself - 2nd II None (2:47)
  13. 13 Zulu War Chant - Time Zone (5:09)
  14. 14 Whutcha Want? - Nine (4:51)
  15. 15 Broken Language - Trigger (3:55)
  16. 16 Luchini aka (This Is It) - Camp Lo (3:59)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Rob Base Producer
Poor Righteous Teachers Executive Producer
Special Ed Composer
Simon Harris Producer
Tom Tom Club Composer
Davy D. Producer
2nd II None Producer
Afrika Bambaataa Composer, Producer
Duke Bootee Producer
Courtney Branch Executive Producer
DJ Quik Producer
Howie Tee Composer
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor Producer
Tracy Kendrick Executive Producer
Rob Lewis Producer
Eric Matthew Producer
Dave Ogrin Composer, Producer
Pumpkin Producer
Rammellzee Composer
Rick Rubin Producer
Run-D.M.C. Producer
Russell Simmons Producer, Executive Producer
Brian Walker Executive Producer
Wise Intelligent Composer
Jean-Michel Basquiat Producer
Robert Ginyard Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Josh Cheuse Cover Photo, Tray Photo
Dan Charnas Liner Notes
Tony Depula Producer
Ill Will Fulton Executive Producer
Greg Jessie Executive Producer
Mike Kull Tape Research
Steve Plotnicki Executive Producer
Hollywood Impact Producer
Shawn "Easy LG" Thomas Producer
Nexx Level Entertainment Executive Producer
Alice Butts Art Direction
DJ Fashion Producer
Joe "Ski" Chink Producer
Cory Robbins Executive Producer
K Rob Composer
DR Period Producer
Cliff Hall Producer
Larry Smith Composer, Producer
Bill Moore Producer
Asher D Composer
Tony D Producer
Anthony Moody Producer
Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars Composer
Spradley Composer
Rahmakhan Todd Turnbow Composer
Jeffrey Harris Producer
Anthony Walton Executive Producer
William Hamilton Producer, Executive Producer
Sam Jacobs Sr. Composer, Producer
Sam Jacobs Jr. Composer, Producer
Winston George Producer
Eric A. "I.Q." Gray Executive Producer
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