Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 1

Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 1


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Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 1

An ambitious, admirable, and necessary undertaking, Tommy Boy rolled out a dozen-volume series focusing on rap's early years, treating "Rapper's Delight" as ground zero and cutting off at 1991. If the first four volumes -- released before the following eight -- are an accurate representation, the series will slant heavily toward the late '80s, when the rap industry really gathered steam, and regularly mix politically charged tracks with party jams and classics with novelties (the difference between the distinctions, of course, wasn't always clear). Some listeners will be displeased with the decision to go with edited versions when necessary. Then again, we're not talking about a period of rap history when tracks required rhyme-to-rhyme profanity to be taken seriously (ask Skee-Lo or Paperboy), so it's really not that much a factor. Apart from automatic picks, like the 14-minute version of Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," Boogie Down Productions' "South Bronx," and Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di," the first volume of the series includes several cuts that are just as integral: Marley Marl's star-studded "The Symphony," Fearless Four's ecstatic "Rockin' It," and J.J. Fad's Dr. Dre-produced "Supersonic." The liners contain a brief essay from multimedia hip-hop don Nelson George (which appears in each volume), as well as a personal intro and track-by-track commentary from Jeff Chang (who, with the spectacular Can't Stop Won't Stop, wrote the book on hip-hop).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
Label: Tommy Boy
UPC: 0661868163421
catalogNumber: 1634
Rank: 121706

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Technical Credits

Beastie Boys   Composer
Big Daddy Kane   Composer
Egyptian Lover   Composer
Lowell Fulson   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Adrian Belew   Composer
Craig G   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Eaton   Composer,Producer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Doug E. Fresh   Producer
Nathaniel Glover   Composer
Marley Marl   Producer
T. Shaw   Composer
Tom Silverman   Executive Producer
Steven Stanley   Composer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Melvin Glover   Composer
Marlon Williams   Composer
D.L. Barksdale   Composer
Guy Williams   Composer
Keith Wiggins   Composer
Kevin Wolahan   Art Direction
Cory Robbins   Producer
Eddie Morris   Composer
Jeff Chang   Liner Notes

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