Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 3 [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
With four nods on this third volume, the West Coast factors into Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Essentials series more than ever, indicating the shifting balance of power between the coasts that started in the late '80s. While a number of sources have made the rise of the West Coast synonymous with gangsta rap and nothing else, Tommy Boy helps remind those who forgot that there was also the Digital Underground the lighthearted side of Parliament/Funkadelic in modernized hip-hop fatigues and Tone-Loc whose instant mainstream success uprooted him from his coastal affiliation. A somewhat sly move is the presence of both A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum" "I'd like to kiss you ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
With four nods on this third volume, the West Coast factors into Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Essentials series more than ever, indicating the shifting balance of power between the coasts that started in the late '80s. While a number of sources have made the rise of the West Coast synonymous with gangsta rap and nothing else, Tommy Boy helps remind those who forgot that there was also the Digital Underground the lighthearted side of Parliament/Funkadelic in modernized hip-hop fatigues and Tone-Loc whose instant mainstream success uprooted him from his coastal affiliation. A somewhat sly move is the presence of both A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum" "I'd like to kiss you where some brothas won't" and AMG's "Bitch Betta Have My Money" "Open up ya coach bag, bitch, so I can get laid", two tracks with wildly divergent views of women. There's a healthy mix of hallmarks Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'" and unexpected selections at least six tracks are more representative of EPMD than "Gold Digger". Again, the selective expletive censoring is baffling: "f*ck," "sh*t," "ass," and the "n"-word are removed most of the time, while anything that could potentially offend gays and women stays. Another potential gripe for listeners is that Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend" comes in its extended remix form with an entirely different beat albeit a perfectly effective one, though it is not indicated in the track list.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 661868163629
  • Catalog Number: 1636
  • Sales rank: 266,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Microphone Fiend - Eric B. (5:24)
  2. 2 Bonita Applebaum (3:38)
  3. 3 Parents Just Don't Understand - Jazzy Jeff (5:12)
  4. 4 Funky Cold Medina (4:09)
  5. 5 Gold Digger (5:02)
  6. 6 F**k the Police - N.W.A (5:45)
  7. 7 The 900 Number - The 45 King & Louie (3:03)
  8. 8 Bitch Betta Have My Money - AMG (3:17)
  9. 9 This Cut's Got Flavor - Latee (4:13)
  10. 10 Ain't No Half-Steppin' (5:21)
  11. 11 Humpty Dance (6:28)
  12. 12 Pee Wee's Dance (4:39)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Roy Ayers Composer
Edwin Birdsong Composer
Alan Gorrie Composer
Mark James Composer
William Allen Composer
Roger Ball Composer
B. Collins Composer
Malcolm Duncan Composer
Steve Ferrone Composer
Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight Composer
Ronald Dean Miller Composer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Composer
Erick Sermon Composer
Tom Silverman Executive Producer
Parrish Smith Composer
Charles Stepney Composer
Nelson George Liner Notes
M. Ross Composer
Owen McIntyre Composer
Matt Dike Composer
William Griffin Composer
Marvin Young Composer
Eric Barrier Composer
Willard Smith Composer
Kamaal Fareed Composer
Kevin Wolahan Art Direction
V. Davis Composer
Peter Bishop Composer
Raquel Cepeda Liner Notes
James Stuart Composer
Lorenzo Patterson Composer
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