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Released to coincide with the first showing of MTV's program This Is Music: Hip-Hop Back in the Day, MTV Presents: Hip-Hop Back in the Day is an excellent collection of early rap hits. While a handful of the songs stretch past old-school and into the late '80s (Boogie Down Productions' "South Bronx," LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells," Tone-Loc's "Funky Cold Medina," MC Shan's "The Bridge"), the majority of the collection is devoted to early- and mid-'80s hits like Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks," Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock," the Fat Boys' "Fat Boys," U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne," Doug E. Fresh's "The Show," Whodini's "Freaks Come Out at Night," and Heavy D's "The Overweight Lovers in the House." Almost every one of these tracks was a hip-hop milestone, and this isn't a bad way to pick them up on one disc, even if the presence of the bonus 1998 remix of "The Message" leaves a bitter aftertaste.
Performance CreditsKurtis Blow Track Performer
Boogie Down Productions Track Performer
Fat Boys Track Performer
Heavy D & the Boyz Track Performer
Anthony Smith Track Performer
U.T.F.O. Track Performer
Whodini Track Performer
MC Shan Track Performer
Afrika Bambaataa Track Performer
Duke Bootee Track Performer
LL Cool J Track Performer
Grandmaster Melle Mel Track Performer
Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew Track Performer
Grandmaster Flash Track Performer
Technical CreditsKurtis Blow Composer
Heavy D & the Boyz Composer
Robert Ford Composer
Dave Pirner Composer
Russell Simmons Composer
Young MC Composer
J.B. Moore Composer
Larry Smith Composer
Michael Ross Composer