Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 5

Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 5


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Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 5

On the fifth volume of the series, Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Essentials remains true to its studied grab-bag aesthetic, emphasizing late-'80s cuts while including a couple choice old-school classics. To the delight of some hip-hop fans, nothing here could be termed a crossover novelty (à la "Funky Cold Medina"), and over-the-top raunch (à la "We Want Some P") is also left off. Whether or not this is seen as a good thing, the disc isn't one of the better volumes -- the excitement level can't compare to the second or seventh volumes, and a couple too many tracks are too tied to their years of release (unlike, say, Public Enemy's still-riotous "Bring the Noize," or even Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's deathless "It Takes Two"). The smartest selection on this disc is "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)," one of several examples why 3 Feet High and Rising should never be seen as the be-all end-all for De la Soul, a group that would remain a crucial part of hip-hop well over a decade after their breakthrough debut. The silly "Jimbrowski," despite being a poor choice to represent the Jungle Brothers, maintains the brief Native Tongues theme, and Queen Latifah's "Ladies First" (featuring Monie Love) remains as powerful and as fun-filled as it was in 1989. Other highlights: Funky 4 + 1's "That's the Joint," Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "Freedom," Busy Bee's "Making Cash Money."

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: Tommy Boy
UPC: 0661868163827
catalogNumber: 1638
Rank: 190736

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Technical Credits

Rob Base   Producer
Kurtis Blow   Producer
45 King & Louie   Producer
Jiggs Chase   Composer
Lyn Collins   Engineer
Tony D.   Producer
Stephen Hague   Producer
Joey Robinson   Producer
Leland Robinson   Producer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Rick Rubin   Executive Producer
Carl Ryder   Producer
Hank Shocklee   Composer,Producer
Tom Silverman   Executive Producer
R. Simmons   Composer
Russell Simmons   Producer
Eric Sadler   Composer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
William Hamilton   Producer
Carlton Ridenhour   Composer
Julian Brookhouse   Composer
Robert Ginyard   Composer
Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot   Composer
Grandmaster Flash   Composer
Sharon Green   Composer
Rodney Stone   Composer
M. McLaren   Composer
Kevin Wolahan   Art Direction
K.K. Rockwell   Composer
Mohandas Dewese   Composer,Producer
Larry Smith   Producer
DJ Mark   Producer
Pete Q.   Producer

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