Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 6

Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 6

     
 
A track listing on any volume in Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Essentials series could not possibly be met with across-the-board approval by a group of hip-hop scholars. That's part of the charm -- these discs, for better or worse, are representative, not definitive. A hip-hop fan, whether knowledgeable or relatively new to the form,

Overview

A track listing on any volume in Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Essentials series could not possibly be met with across-the-board approval by a group of hip-hop scholars. That's part of the charm -- these discs, for better or worse, are representative, not definitive. A hip-hop fan, whether knowledgeable or relatively new to the form, will likely think that at least a couple tracks on each disc are garbage. This is more true with the sixth volume of the series than any other, as there are some really polarizing tracks in the latter half of its duration. Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing," a major mainstream hit, is often seen as hip-hop carpetbaggery at its worst, with its Run-D.M.C.-lite backing made all the more revolting by sleaze ball MCing. (Sinisterly enough, it follows Run-D.M.C.'s "King of Rock" here.) 2 Live Crew's "We Want Some P" was effective in its goal to shock and offend, but since it's a victim of Tommy Boy's selective censoring, it's stripped of its point and seems like a pointless inclusion. (And following years of countless strides in crude extremism, the track sounds less like a bold innovation and more like a withered curiosity.) That said, there are several tracks that no hip-hop head should live without, including Slick Rick's "Children's Story," Boogie Down Productions' "My Philosophy," Gang Starr's "Just to Get a Rep," and the aforementioned "King of Rock."

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Michael Endelman
This set chronicles hip-hop's rise from New York-based folk art to global force, a rap-for-dummies comp that does all the crate-digging for you.....All micro-trends are accounted for: smooth operators (LL Cool J), hippies (De La Soul), gangstas (N.W.A.), virtuosos (Rakim), radicals (Public Enemy) and the jokers (Biz Markie). A must-have for aging b-boys and 50 Cent-quoting teens. [A -]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Tommy Boy
UPC:
0661868163926
catalogNumber:
1639
Rank:
325170

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Biz Markie   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Keith Elam   Composer
Reggie Griffin   Composer
David Hobbs   Composer
KRS-One   Composer,Producer
Marley Marl   Producer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Hank Shocklee   Producer
Tom Silverman   Executive Producer
Russell Simmons   Producer
Pete Wingfield   Producer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler   Producer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Eric B.   Composer,Producer
Matt Dike   Producer
Michael C. Ross   Producer
Chris Wong Won   Composer
Kevin Wolahan   Art Direction
Davey D   Liner Notes
Joseph "Run" Simmons   Composer
Lawrence Smith   Composer
David "Mister Mixx" Hobbs   Producer
Larry Smith   Producer
Marvin Glover   Composer
Edward Fletcher   Composer

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