What's Up? Rap Hits of the '90s

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Rhino was hardly the only label that was putting out rap compilations in the '90s, it's safe to say that no label put more thought into its rap collections than Rhino. Focusing primarily on major rap singles of the early '90s, What's Up? is impressive not only because of its abundance of excellent material, but also because of its attractive packaging and comprehensive, detailed liner notes. If you didn't know a lot about the selections and the artists before acquiring the 1995 CD, you could learn a lot reading Shannita Williams' informative essay. Instead of focusing on underground rap, Rhino offers mostly songs that crossed over to R&B and pop audiences, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Rhino was hardly the only label that was putting out rap compilations in the '90s, it's safe to say that no label put more thought into its rap collections than Rhino. Focusing primarily on major rap singles of the early '90s, What's Up? is impressive not only because of its abundance of excellent material, but also because of its attractive packaging and comprehensive, detailed liner notes. If you didn't know a lot about the selections and the artists before acquiring the 1995 CD, you could learn a lot reading Shannita Williams' informative essay. Instead of focusing on underground rap, Rhino offers mostly songs that crossed over to R&B and pop audiences, including Monie Love's "It's a Shame (My Sister)," Marky Mark's "Wild Side," Digital Underground's "Kiss You Back" and Salt-N-Pepa's "Do You Want Me." You didn't have to be down with rap's hardcore to be aware of MC Brains' "Oochie Coochie" or Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Boom! Shake The Room." A few of the tunes that Rhino includes are inappropriate -- Snap's "Rhythm is a Dancer" is dance music instead of rap, and TLC's "Ain't 2 Proud to Beg" and Another Bad Creation's "Iesha" are essentially R&B (although R&B with a strong hip-hop influence). This isn't to say that those songs aren't enjoyable -- they're just out of place on a rap compilation. Nonetheless, What's Up? is a pleasing collection that can serve as a nice introduction to early-'90s rap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/1995
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227191627
  • Catalog Number: 71916

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rhythm Is a Dancer (5:30)
  2. 2 Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg (4:09)
  3. 3 Play That Funky Music (4:47)
  4. 4 Iesha (4:21)
  5. 5 Kiss You Back (6:14)
  6. 6 Wildside (5:09)
  7. 7 The Bonnie and Clyde Theme (4:02)
  8. 8 Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody (4:56)
  9. 9 The Choice Is Yours (4:06)
  10. 10 Do You Want Me (3:47)
  11. 11 Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin' (4:04)
  12. 12 Oochie Coochie (3:45)
  13. 13 It's a Shame (My Sister) (3:43)
  14. 14 Boom! Shake the Room - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Digital Underground Track Performer
Ice Cube Track Performer
Kid 'N Play Track Performer
Salt-N-Pepa Track Performer
Vanilla Ice Track Performer
Yo-Yo Track Performer
Another Bad Creation Track Performer
Snap! Track Performer
Black Sheep Track Performer
TLC Track Performer
MC Brains Track Performer
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Track Performer
Will Smith Track Performer
Monie Love Track Performer
Marky Mark Track Performer
MC Breed & DFC Track Performer
DJ Jazzy Jeff Track Performer
Funky Bunch Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dallas Austin Composer
Ron Brooks Composer
Chris Clarke Remastering
Dan Hersch Remastering
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Stan Shaw Illustrations
P. Wynn Composer
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