Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An ambitious, admirable, and necessary undertaking, Tommy Boy rolled out a dozen-volume series focusing on rap's early years, treating "Rapper's Delight" as ground zero and cutting off at 1991. If the first four volumes -- released before the following eight -- are an accurate representation, the series will slant heavily toward the late '80s, when the rap industry really gathered steam, and regularly mix politically charged tracks with party jams and classics with novelties the difference between the distinctions, of course, wasn't always clear. Some listeners will be displeased with the decision to go with edited versions when necessary. Then again, we're not talking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An ambitious, admirable, and necessary undertaking, Tommy Boy rolled out a dozen-volume series focusing on rap's early years, treating "Rapper's Delight" as ground zero and cutting off at 1991. If the first four volumes -- released before the following eight -- are an accurate representation, the series will slant heavily toward the late '80s, when the rap industry really gathered steam, and regularly mix politically charged tracks with party jams and classics with novelties the difference between the distinctions, of course, wasn't always clear. Some listeners will be displeased with the decision to go with edited versions when necessary. Then again, we're not talking about a period of rap history when tracks required rhyme-to-rhyme profanity to be taken seriously ask Skee-Lo or Paperboy, so it's really not that much a factor. Apart from automatic picks, like the 14-minute version of Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," Boogie Down Productions' "South Bronx," and Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di," the first volume of the series includes several cuts that are just as integral: Marley Marl's star-studded "The Symphony," Fearless Four's ecstatic "Rockin' It," and J.J. Fad's Dr. Dre-produced "Supersonic." The liners contain a brief essay from multimedia hip-hop don Nelson George which appears in each volume, as well as a personal intro and track-by-track commentary from Jeff Chang who, with the spectacular Can't Stop Won't Stop, wrote the book on hip-hop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 661868163421
  • Catalog Number: 1634
  • Sales rank: 204,053

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rockin' It (6:39)
  2. 2 Hey Ladies (3:47)
  3. 3 South Bronx (5:10)
  4. 4 Egypt, Egypt (6:46)
  5. 5 Tramp - Salt-N-Pepa (3:31)
  6. 6 The Symphony - Marley Marl (6:07)
  7. 7 La di Da Di - Doug E. Fresh (4:32)
  8. 8 Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang (14:34)
  9. 9 Genius Rap - Dr. Jeckel (7:06)
  10. 10 The Ghetto (5:02)
  11. 11 Scorpio - Joseph Saddler (4:54)
  12. 12 Supersonic - J.J. Fad (3:54)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Beastie Boys Composer
Big Daddy Kane Composer
The Egyptian Lover Composer
Lowell Fulson Composer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Adrian Belew Composer
Craig G Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Al Eaton Composer, Producer
Chris Frantz Composer
Doug E. Fresh Producer
Nathaniel Glover Composer
Marley Marl Producer
T. Shaw Composer
Tom Silverman Executive Producer
Steven Stanley Composer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Nelson George Liner Notes
Melvin Glover Composer
Marlon Williams Composer
D.L. Barksdale Composer
Guy Williams Composer
Keith Wiggins Composer
Kevin Wolahan Art Direction
Cory Robbins Producer
Eddie Morris Composer
Jeff Chang Liner Notes
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