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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 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" ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 044006958828
  • Catalog Number: 069588

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang (7:11)
  2. 2 The Breaks - Kurtis Blow (7:39)
  3. 3 The Body Rock - Treacherous Three (7:30)
  4. 4 Planet Rock - Soul Sonic Force (6:22)
  5. 5 The Message - Melle Mel & the Furious 5 (7:12)
  6. 6 Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1) @@Run D.M.C. (3:09)
  7. 7 Roxanne, Roxanne - U.T.F.O. (4:32)
  8. 8 Roxanne's Revenge - Roxanne Shanté (4:59)
  9. 9 Push It - Salt-N-Pepa (4:14)
  10. 10 Freaky Tales (9:34)
  11. 11 Wild Wild West - Kool Moe Dee (4:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Follow the Leader - Eric B. (5:34)
  2. 2 My Philosphy - Boogie Down Productions (6:39)
  3. 3 I'm Your Pusher - Ice-T (5:36)
  4. 4 Turn This Mutha Out - MC Hammer (4:42)
  5. 5 Fight the Power - Public Enemy (5:24)
  6. 6 Me So Horny - 2 Live Crew (4:37)
  7. 7 Just a Friend @@Biz Barkie (4:01)
  8. 8 Buddy - Q-Tip (7:16)
  9. 9 The Gas Face @@3rd Base (3:49)
  10. 10 I Left My Wallet in el Segundo - A Tribe Called Quest (4:07)
  11. 11 Looking at the Front Door - Main Source (4:10)
  12. 12 Treat 'Em Right - Chubb Rock (4:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 O.P.P. - Naughty by Nature (4:30)
  2. 2 Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (4:29)
  3. 3 Tonite - DJ Quik (5:23)
  4. 4 The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) - Black Sheep (4:03)
  5. 5 Tennessee - Arrested Development (4:32)
  6. 6 They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock (4:46)
  7. 7 Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets (4:22)
  8. 8 Passing Me By - The Pharcyde (5:02)
  9. 9 Slam - Onyx (3:39)
  10. 10 U.N.I.T.Y. - Queen Latifah (4:13)
  11. 11 C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan (4:05)
  12. 12 Regulate - Nate Dogg (4:10)
  13. 13 Flava in Ya Ear - Craig Mack (3:38)
  14. 14 I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man (5:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 How High - Method Man (4:41)
  2. 2 Gettin' Money - Junior M.A.F.I.A. (4:09)
  3. 3 Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (3:45)
  4. 4 Smile - 2Pac (5:01)
  5. 5 Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes (3:15)
  6. 6 Luv 2 Luv U - Timbaland (6:41)
  7. 7 You Know My Steez - Gang Starr (3:44)
  8. 8 Get at Me Dog - Sheek Louch (3:05)
  9. 9 Superthug (What, What) - Noreaga (5:00)
  10. 10 You Got Me - Jill Scott (8:52)
  11. 11 The Light - Common (4:02)
  12. 12 Until the End of Time - 2Pac (4:28)
  13. 13 21 Questions - 50 Cent (3:44)
  14. 14 The Next Episode - Snoop Dogg (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The Notorious B.I.G. Composer, Producer, Remixing
Craig Mack Composer
2 Live Crew Composer, Producer
2Pac Composer
3rd Bass Producer
A 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 Jr. Composer
Michael Gonzales Liner Notes
Berry Gordy Jr. 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
The Lone Mixer Remixing
Marley Marl Producer
Darryl "D.M.C." 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
Scott Spencer Storch Composer
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
Erick Labson Mastering
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
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
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
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 Jr. Producer
Jessica Ruiz Tape Research
Joseph "Run" Simmons Composer
Lawrence Smith Composer
Dirty Swift Producer
Ashley Culp Producer
Mohandas Dewese Composer, Producer
Lonnie Lynn Composer
Kay Gee Producer
Clifford Smith Composer
Jonathan Davis Composer
Edward Fletcher Composer, Producer
Corey Penn Composer
Victor Santiago Composer
David Jolicouer Composer
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