Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On the fourth volume of Tommy Boy's 12-volume Hip Hop Essentials series, some of rap's most memorable figures counsel listeners about the dangers of drugs Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "White Lines" and promiscuity Kool Moe Dee's "Go See the Doctor", detail some of the grim issues of inner city life Kurtis Blow's "8 Million Stories", drop some serious izzle-speak U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne," three years after Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch" and decades before the debate about whether Snoop Dogg or E-40 originated the colloquialism, and take pride in pairing strange bedfellows Mellow Man Ace's "Mentirosa," with its combination of polar opposites Kraftwerk and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On the fourth volume of Tommy Boy's 12-volume Hip Hop Essentials series, some of rap's most memorable figures counsel listeners about the dangers of drugs Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "White Lines" and promiscuity Kool Moe Dee's "Go See the Doctor", detail some of the grim issues of inner city life Kurtis Blow's "8 Million Stories", drop some serious izzle-speak U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne," three years after Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch" and decades before the debate about whether Snoop Dogg or E-40 originated the colloquialism, and take pride in pairing strange bedfellows Mellow Man Ace's "Mentirosa," with its combination of polar opposites Kraftwerk and Santana. Though LL Cool J's "Around the Way Girl" is a questionable inclusion and appears only two volumes after "Goin' Back to Cali," the disc makes up for it with a series of some of the rawest, most urgent tracks from the mid-to-late '80s: Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype," Ultramagnetic's "Ego Trippin'," T La Rock's "It's Yours," Big Daddy Kane's "Raw," and Run-D.M.C.'s "Sucker MCs." Parents should know that this is one of the cleanest volumes of the series. And yes, that applies to the version of 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny," the one that exchanges a euphemism for sexual preparedness with "watching Arsenio Hall" and a euphemism for sexual fulfillment with "being a nut."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 661868163728
  • Catalog Number: 1637
  • Sales rank: 116,782

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Lines - Joseph Saddler (7:39)
  2. 2 Roxanne, Roxanne (5:11)
  3. 3 Don't Believe the Hype (5:23)
  4. 4 Ego Trippin' - Ultramagnetic MC's (5:27)
  5. 5 Raw (5:46)
  6. 6 Mentirosa (4:18)
  7. 7 Around the Way Girl - LL Cool J (4:04)
  8. 8 It's Yours - T la Rock (4:22)
  9. 9 Sucker Mcs - Run-D.M.C. (3:09)
  10. 10 8 Million Stories (8:00)
  11. 11 Go See the Doctor (5:32)
  12. 12 Me So Horny - 2 Live Crew (4:27)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Full Force Producer
Tony G. Producer
David Hobbs Composer
Marley Marl Producer
Rick Rubin Composer, Producer
Carl Ryder Producer
Tom Silverman Executive Producer
Russell Simmons Producer
Ricardo Williams Composer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Composer, Producer
Nelson George Liner Notes
Carlton Ridenhour Composer
J.B. Moore Producer
Chris Wong Won Composer
Bill Adler Liner Notes
Antonio González Composer
William Waring Composer
J.K. Simmons Composer
Kevin Wolahan Art Direction
Keith Thornton Composer
Robert Arthur Ford Jr. Producer
David "Mister Mixx" Hobbs Producer
J.T. "Tiny" Smith Composer
Mohandas Dewese Producer
Cedric "Ced Gee" Miller Composer
Larry Smith Producer
Daniel J. Harris Composer
Pete Q. Producer
Ced Gee Producer
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