Hip Hop Box

The Hip Hop Box


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Just like the odd coupling of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, no one thought the popularity of hip-hop music would endure. But unlike Jacko's short-lived nuptials, the art form has silenced its critics by becoming bigger, badder, and deffer over the past quarter century. Rooted in reggae and cultivated in the Bronx, hip-hop is commemorated on its silver


Just like the odd coupling of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, no one thought the popularity of hip-hop music would endure. But unlike Jacko's short-lived nuptials, the art form has silenced its critics by becoming bigger, badder, and deffer over the past quarter century. Rooted in reggae and cultivated in the Bronx, hip-hop is commemorated on its silver anniversary by Hip-O Records' The Hip Hop Box, the first definitive box set to chronicle rap's history. This four-disc set collects 51 stellar tracks spanning 1979 to 2003, with nary a bum note. Disc 1 features 11 old-school rap gems from the late '70s to mid '80s, including such classic cuts as the 12" version of the Sugarhill Gang's seminal "Rapper's Delight"; "Sucker M.C.'s," Run-D.M.C.'s challenge to future MCs to step up their lyrical game; and Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It," which proved female rappers were a force to be reckoned with. Disc 2 picks up in the late '80s -- often referred to as rap's golden era -- with the more dynamic, culturally conscious rap songs of Eric B. & Rakim ("Follow the Leader"), Boogie Down Productions ("My Philosophy"), and Public Enemy ("Fight the Power" from the Do the Right Thing soundtrack). Also represented on Disc 2 are the genre-expanding contributions of Native Tongue hip-hoppers De La Soul (the club favorite "Buddy") and A Tribe Called Quest (the humorous "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo"). Disc 3 chronicles hip-hop's more commercial yet somewhat schizophrenic period during the early-to-mid '90s with hits as diverse as Naughty by Nature's Jackson 5-sampled party anthem "O.P.P.," Onyx's rap-rock-fueled "Slam," and Digable Planets' jazzy throwback "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)." Rapping up the set, so to speak, is Disc 4, which covers the late '90s to 2003. Although the disc sounds more disjointed than the others, highlights include Noreaga's frenetic, Neptunes-produced "Superthug (What, What)," a revamped version of Common's "The Light," featuring Erykah Badu, and a remix of 2Pac's posthumous "Until the End of Time," which samples Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings." Despite the glaring omission of many rap pioneers, including Big Daddy Kane and the Beastie Boys, along with latter-day top dogs Jay-Z, Eminem, Missy Elliott, Outkast, and the Notorious B.I.G. (represented only by a Junior M.A.F.I.A. track), there remains an overabundance of hip-hop nostalgia and high points. The Hip Hop Box offers both diehard and casual fans an entertaining overview of rap's complex musical contributions thus far. Everybody say rock it, don't stop it.

Product Details

Release Date:
Hip-O Records


Disc 1

  1. Rapper's Delight
  2. The Breaks
  3. The Body Rock
  4. Planet Rock
  5. The Message
  6. Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1) @@Run D.M.C.
  7. Roxanne, Roxanne
  8. Roxanne's Revenge
  9. Push It
  10. Freaky Tales
  11. Wild Wild West

Disc 2

  1. Follow the Leader
  2. My Philosphy
  3. I'm Your Pusher
  4. Turn This Mutha Out
  5. Fight the Power
  6. Me So Horny
  7. Just a Friend @@Biz Barkie
  8. Buddy
  9. The Gas Face @@3rd Base
  10. I Left My Wallet in el Segundo
  11. Looking at the Front Door
  12. Treat 'Em Right

Disc 3

  1. O.P.P.
  2. Summertime
  3. Tonite
  4. The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
  5. Tennessee
  6. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
  7. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
  8. Passing Me By
  9. Slam
  10. U.N.I.T.Y.
  11. C.R.E.A.M.
  12. Regulate
  13. Flava in Ya Ear
  14. I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By

Disc 4

  1. How High
  2. Gettin' Money
  3. Tha Crossroads
  4. Smile
  5. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See
  6. Luv 2 Luv U
  7. You Know My Steez
  8. Get at Me Dog
  9. Superthug (What, What)
  10. You Got Me
  11. The Light
  12. Until the End of Time
  13. 21 Questions
  14. The Next Episode

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Notorious B.I.G.   Track Performer
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone
Timbaland   Vocals,Background Vocals
Shauta Montgomery   Vocals

Technical Credits

Arrested Development   Arranger,Composer
Kurtis Blow   Composer
Chubb Rock   Producer
MC Hammer   Composer,Remixing
Jungle Brothers   Producer
Naughty by Nature   Producer
Arthur Baker   Producer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Ernie Isley   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer
Full Force   Arranger,Producer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
MC Serch   Producer
Bruce Malament   Composer
Franne Golde   Composer
Warren G   Producer
Notorious B.I.G.   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Craig Mack   Composer
2 Live Crew   Composer,Producer
2Pac   Composer
3rd Bass   Producer
Tribe Called Quest   Producer
Easy Mo Bee   Producer
R. Bell   Composer
Biz Markie   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Jiggs Chase   Composer,Producer
Chuck D   Liner Notes
Chyskillz   Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Remixing
Anthony Criss   Composer
DJ Quik   Producer
J. Davis   Composer
Mike Dean   Composer,Producer
Darrol Durant   Composer
Keith Elam   Composer
Robert Ford   Composer
Michael Gonzales   Liner Notes
Berry Gordy   Composer
Norman Harris   Composer
Duane Hitchings   Composer
Howie Tee   Producer
Ice-T   Composer,Producer
Afrika Islam   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
J-Swift   Producer
McKinley Jackson   Composer
Jam Master Jay   Producer
K. Jones   Composer
KRS-One   Composer,Director,Producer
John Lang   Composer
Silvester Levay   Composer
Lone Mixer   Remixing
Marley Marl   Producer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Kevin McKenzie   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Mufi   Producer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Pete Nice   Producer
K. Nix   Composer
Richard Page   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Peter Phillips   Composer
Rakim   Producer
DJ Redeemed   Remixing
Deke Richards   Composer
John Robie   Composer
Bob Robinson   Composer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Michael Rosenberg   Producer
Carl Ryder   Producer
Keith Shocklee   Composer
Erick Sermon   Composer,Producer
Todd Shaw   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Hank Shocklee   Composer,Producer
Russell Simmons   Composer,Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Michael Small   Composer
Trevor Smith   Composer
C.L. Smooth   Producer
Speech   Producer
T. Taylor   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Richard Westfield   Composer
T. Samuel White   Composer
Wu-Tang Clan   Composer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler   Composer,Producer
Butterfly   Arranger,Producer
Paul Huston   Composer
Carlton Ridenhour   Composer
Howard Thompson   Composer
Tone Capone   Producer
DJ U-Neek   Producer
Brad Jordan   Composer
Lavaba Mallison   Producer
Richard Nichols   Producer
Melvin Glover   Composer
J.B. Moore   Arranger,Composer,Producer
R. Noble   Composer
D. Stewart   Composer
Jay Dee   Producer
Eric B.   Producer,Composer
Melvin Bradford   Composer
Johnny Jackson   Composer
Larry Smith   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Andre "Dres" Titus   Composer,Producer
Al Henderson   Composer
R. Robinson   Composer
Pete Rock   Producer
Peter Nash   Composer
Buddah   Producer
Johnny J   Producer
T. Bohanon   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
William McLean   Composer,Producer
Bobby Robinson   Producer
James Earley   Producer,Remixing
Richard Simpson   Composer
William Griffin   Composer
Curtis Bedeau   Composer
Frank Nitty Pimentel   Producer
Melvin Steals   Composer
?uestlove   Composer
Tariq Trotter   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Michael Berrin   Composer
William Mitchell   Composer
Brian Bailey   Composer
Vinnie Brown   Composer
Dana Owens   Composer
Brian "Bizzy" McCane   Composer
Shawn McKenzie   Composer
Fredro Scruggs   Composer
Earl Simmons   Composer
Soul Sonic Force   Composer
Alton Taylor   Composer
Melvin Barcliff   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Ishmael Butler   Composer
Gerard Charles   Composer
Hugh Clarke   Composer
Lucien George   Composer
Emandu Wilcox   Composer
A. Fields   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Kay Gee   Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Shamello   Producer
Tré Hardson   Composer
Mel-Man   Producer
Fred Munao   Executive Producer
Brian George   Composer
N. Hale   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Creative Producer
D. Blake   Composer
V. Keith Mason   Composer
Grand Wizards   Producer
Ryan Rogers   Art Direction
Jill Scott   Composer
Mike "Mad Mike" Smith   Producer
Patric "Too Big" Hall   Composer
J.T. Martinez   Composer
S. Howse   Composer
C. Scruggs   Composer
S. Garrett   Composer
C.F. Martin   Composer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
James "Jay Dee" Yancey   Composer
Jeffrey Dee Campbell   Composer
Jason Anthony   Producer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
Michele Horie   Art Direction,Art Manager
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Kelvin Mercer   Composer
Brendan Morris   Tape Research
J.M. Cameron   Composer
His Three Sons   Producer
Vella MariaH Cameron   Composer
Mentor   Producer
Lily Salinas   Tape Research
Robert Arthur Ford   Producer
Jessica Ruiz   Tape Research
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Lawrence Smith   Composer
Dirty Swift   Producer
Ashley Culp   Producer
Mohandas Dewese   Composer,Producer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Clifford Smith   Composer
Jonathan Davis   Composer
Edward Fletcher   Composer,Producer
Corey Penn   Composer
Victor Santiago   Composer
David Jolicouer   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer

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