Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats 1981-1996 [Box Set]

Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats 1981-1996 [Box Set]

     
 

In a world over-saturated with box sets and anthologies, it's tempting to overlook a set of recent rap hits like Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, a five-volume retrospective of the seminal hip-hop imprint. But that would be a huge mistake, because this box is a treasure trove of '80s and '90s hip hop gems. Rather than present a chronological walk through the pioneering rap… See more details below

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In a world over-saturated with box sets and anthologies, it's tempting to overlook a set of recent rap hits like Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, a five-volume retrospective of the seminal hip-hop imprint. But that would be a huge mistake, because this box is a treasure trove of '80s and '90s hip hop gems. Rather than present a chronological walk through the pioneering rap label's history, this collection consists of four, party-mix discs on which high-energy tracks are strung together with winning--if occasionally bewildering--segues. Hits fly by--from Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" to Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage," from Queen Latifah's "Ladies first," to Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P.," to classics by Stetsasonic, the Force MDs, De La Soul, and Digital Underground. And there's also a remix disc featuring some of today's leading deejays updating Tommy Boy cuts; Dimitri From Paris take on Stetsasonic is not to be missed. With a booklet featuring a bevy of photos that serve as old-school period pieces, the box is a fine testament to the enduring vitality of hip-hop.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Keith Farley
Only one label, Tommy Boy, spans hip-hop's entire recorded history with no loss of hits or perfect beats over the course of those ten years. The five-disc box released to commemorate the label's 15th anniversary includes a wealth of hip-hop classics, everything from "Planet Rock" to "Plug Tunin" to "Humpty Dance" to "Jump Around" to "Play at Your Own Risk" to "Hip Hop Hooray" to "Gangsta's Paradise." The addition of a few dance cuts -- from Information Society, Coldcut, and 808 State -- don't work quite as well as they should, but on the whole Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats 1981-1996 is an excellent collection that sums up hip-hop better than any other label could. The fifth disc includes nine Tommy Boy classics given the remix treatment, resulting in intriguing combinations like Grooverider with Jonzun Crew's "Pack Jam," Dimitri From Paris with Stetsasonic's "Talkin' All That Jazz," and DJ Premier with Queen Latifah's "Wrath of My Madness."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Tommy Boy
UPC:
0016998153321
catalogNumber:
1533

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Planet Rock  -  Soul Sonic Force
  2. Everything's Going to Be Alright  -  Naughty by Nature
  3. Doowutchyalike  -  Digital Underground
  4. Plug Tunin' (Are You Ready for This)  -  De La Soul
  5. Can't You See  -  Total
  6. Move It Like This  -  K7
  7. Gordy's Groove  -  Choice Mc
  8. Play at Your Own Risk  -  Planet Patrol
  9. Sally  -  Stetsasonic
  10. Ladies First  - Queen Latifah  - Monie Love
  11. Renegades of Funk  -  Soul Sonic Force
  12. Lean on Me  -  Club Nouveau
  13. Tears  -  Force M.D.'s
  14. Unity, Pt. 1: The Third Coming  - Afrika Bambaataa

Disc 2

  1. Jump Around  -  House of Pain
  2. Uptown Anthem  -  Naughty by Nature
  3. Jealousy  -  Club Nouveau
  4. Cheap Thrills  -  Planet Patrol
  5. Come Baby Come  -  K7
  6. 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' News)  -  Coolio
  7. Come Into My House  - Queen Latifah
  8. Buddy  - Monie Love
  9. Jazzy Sensation  -  Jazzy 5
  10. Feel Me Flow  -  Naughty by Nature
  11. The Humpty Dance  -  Digital Underground
  12. Let Me Love You  -  Force M.D.'s
  13. Pacific  -  808 State
  14. Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)  -  De La Soul

Disc 3

  1. O.P.P.  -  Naughty by Nature
  2. Go Stetsa I  -  Stetsasonic
  3. Me, Myself and I  -  De La Soul
  4. Shamrocks and Shenanigans (Boom Shalock Lock Boom)  -  House of Pain
  5. Looking for the Perfect Beat  -  Soul Sonic Force
  6. What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)  -  Information Society
  7. Maria  -  TKA
  8. People Hold On  - Lisa Stansfield
  9. Fantastic Voyage  -  Coolio
  10. Why You Treat Me So Bad  -  Club Nouveau
  11. Same Song  -  Digital Underground
  12. Break The Grip Of Shame  -  Paris
  13. Latifah's Had It Up to Here  - Queen Latifah
  14. Here I Go Again  -  Force M.D.'s

Disc 4

  1. Gangsta Bitch  -  Apache
  2. Hip Hop Hooray  -  Naughty by Nature
  3. Potholes in My Lawn  - Prince Paul
  4. Pack Jam (Look Out for the Ovc)  -  Jonzun Crew
  5. Louder Than Love  -  TKA
  6. Running  -  Information Society
  7. Supermodel (You Better Work)  -  RuPaul
  8. Kiss You Back  -  Digital Underground
  9. Rock The House (You'll Never Be)  -  Pressure Drop
  10. Talkin' All That Jazz  -  Stetsasonic
  11. Non Stop  -  Sweet Trio
  12. Play That Beat Mr. DJ  -  G.L.O.B.E
  13. Tender Love  -  Force M.D.'s
  14. Gangsta's Paradise  -  Coolio

Disc 5

  1. Jump Around  -  House of Pain
  2. Wrath Of My Madness  - Queen Latifah
  3. Talkin' All That Jazz  -  Stetsasonic
  4. Me, Myself and I  -  De La Soul
  5. Looking for the Perfect Beat  - Afrika Bambaataa  -  Soul Sonic Force
  6. Pack Jam (Look Out for the Ovc)  -  Jonzun Crew
  7. Play at Your Own Risk  -  Planet Patrol  -  Lathun
  8. Planet Rock  -  Soul Sonic Force
  9. Tender Love  -  Force M.D.'s

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Digital Underground   Track Performer
Jungle Brothers   Track Performer
Naughty by Nature   Track Performer
James Brown   Track Performer
Club Nouveau   Track Performer
Force M.D.'s   Track Performer
Information Society   Track Performer
Planet Patrol   Track Performer
TKA   Track Performer
Apache   Track Performer
Coldcut   Track Performer
Jonzun Crew   Track Performer
House of Pain   Track Performer
RuPaul   Track Performer
Coolio   Track Performer
Notorious B.I.G.   Track Performer
K7   Track Performer
808 State   Track Performer
Tribe Called Quest   Track Performer
Afrika Bambaataa   Track Performer
De La Soul   Track Performer
Queen Latifah   Track Performer
Monie Love   Track Performer
Pressure Drop   Track Performer
Lisa Stansfield   Track Performer
Stetsasonic   Track Performer
Total   Track Performer
Fresh Gordon   Track Performer
Paris   Track Performer
Lathun   Track Performer
Soul Sonic Force   Track Performer
Whiz Kid & YSL   Track Performer
Choice Mc   Track Performer
Sweet Trio   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Digital Underground   Producer
Naughty by Nature   Producer
Arthur Baker   Composer
David Toop   Liner Notes
Michael Jonzun   Producer
K7   Producer
808 State   Composer
Tribe Called Quest   Producer
Afrika Bambaataa   Producer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
Ron Brooks   Composer
Jammin' James Carter   Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
Marvin Craig   Composer
Anthony Criss   Composer
DJ Lethal   Producer
Daddy O   Producer
Dobbs the Wino   Producer
Brian Dobbs   Composer
Denzil Foster   Producer
Joey Gardner   Producer
Jimmy Jam   Composer
Jay King   Producer
Eric Kupper   Producer
Queen Latifah   Composer,Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Fred Maher   Producer
Tiemeyer McCain   Composer
Thomas McElroy   Producer
Prince Paul   Producer
Doug Rasheed   Producer
Paul Robb   Producer
John Robie   Composer,Producer
Tom Silverman   Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Small   Composer
Lisa Stansfield   Composer
Maurice Starr   Producer
Stetsasonic   Producer
45 King   Producer
Robin Halpin   Composer,Producer
Paul Huston   Composer
Monica Lynch   Executive Producer
Vincent Mason   Composer
William Becton   Composer
James Harris   Producer
Fresh Gordon   Producer
Jason Nevins   Remixing
Chris Woehrle   Art Direction
Trisco Pearson   Composer
Jonathan More   Composer,Producer
Matt Black   Composer,Producer
Dana Owens   Composer
Antoine Lundy   Composer
Magic   Producer
John Scott Richardson   Composer
Vincent Brown   Composer
J. Miller   Composer
Poison Ivey   Producer
Underground Production Squad   Producer
M. James   Composer
Patric "Too Big" Hall   Composer
Kelvin Mercer   Composer
Alonzo Williams   Composer
Keir Gist   Composer
Jonathan Davis   Composer
David Elliot   Composer
David Jolicouer   Composer
Mark Howard James   Composer
Terence Raymon Woodford   Composer
Artis Ivey   Composer
M. Konar   Composer
P. Wynn   Composer

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