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      Licensed To Ill CD
      by Beastie Boys
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    Wholly original, the first and the best rap group to make the genre universally palatable. These Brooklyn boys succeed with a combination of tremendously exciting backgrounds, from straight riff metal (on 'Rhymin' & Stealin" and 'She's Crafty') to sample ('The New Style'). Having learnt their art by observing rather than participating while at NYU, they sound street-cred, even though some members are positively middle-class. The Volkswagen badge-stealing craze was unknowingly started by the band, who wore the pendant merely in order to mock the hippies who had worn the ban-the-bomb medallion. The rap album for people who think they don't like rap.
    Additional personnel includes: Kerry King (guitar). Personnel: Kerry King (guitar).


      House Of Pain CD
      by House Of Pain
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    With their brawling take on golden-age hip-hop (the drunken yang to Cypress Hill's blissed-out yin?), proud-to-be- Irish-American trio House of Pain could easily have been a tired cliché. However, with acrobatic, learned lyrics and dexterous beats farmed from bop, blues, and deep funk, the L.A. band of Everlast, Danny Boy, and DJ Lethal turned out to transcend predictability. While best known for "Jump Around," the frenetic sing-a-long that surprised even the band itself by becoming a #3 pop hit, the threesome's 1992 debut offers a vast array of styles ranging from the sly, hazy "Shamrocks & Shenanegans" to the sinister "House of Pain Anthem" to the sweetly lively "Top O' The Morning To Ya."
    Personnel: Everlast, Danny Boy O'Connor, Son Doobie (vocals); Steve Marker (guitar).


      Best Of Kurtis Blow CD
      by Kurtis Blow
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    With his funky, hooky beats and confident, distinct lyrics and flow, Kurtis Blow established himself as one of rap's earliest crossover artists, a fact which at times obscures his actual talent and innovation. THE BEST OF... offers a fair sampling of the output of a man who stood as one of the first public faces of hip-hop.

    His two best-remembered hits are both present, of course: "The Breaks" stands decades later as arguably early rap's greatest participatory song, with its handclaps and chants and uncommonly groovy riff, and while "Basketball" inevitably dates itself both lyrically and by its light, bubblegum sound, there's sweetness in its simplicity. Blow's rhymes are generally simple but memorable, and the melodies are designed perfectly to hook the listener in. Statement songs such as "Hard Times," "Tough," "America," and "Starlife" (perhaps the first rap lament on the pitfalls of stardom) drive their respective points home.
    A forgotten classic lurks in 1986's "I'm Chillin'," featuring the Transformers theme and the sparsest and baddest lyrics on offer here. Kurtis Blow was the first popular MC of hip-hop and this collection offers ample evidence why.


      Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985 CD
      by Afrika Bambaataa
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    One of the great pioneers of hip-hop and contemporary dance music, Afrika Bambaataa made a contribution to the evolution of urban music that cannot be overestimated. With his innovative blend of funk, European electronica, turntable wizardry, and party-style, tag-team rapping (Bambaataa often invited groups of MCs to grace his tracks, such as the Jazzy 5 ["Jazzy Sensation"] and Soul Sonic Force ["Zulu Nation Throwdown"]), Bambaataa's cutting edge sound has influenced contemporary rap, rock, and electronica. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT BEAT 1980-1985 collects Bambaataa's most defining moments, including "Planet Rock" (with its synth line taken directly from Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express"), and his collaboration with James Brown, "Unity Pt. 1."

    While some critics often accuse Bambaataa's music of sounding dated, his heady, danceable anthems--coming as they did at a time when hip-hop was still defining itself-- sound surprisingly fresh. In their ambition they manage to encompass Bronx block parties, tribal call-and-response, and space-age forays. Moreover, the genre-bending ethos and call to higher consciousness that drives these creations (an ethos later adopted by Native Tongue acts like De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest) is boldly affirmative and, like the music that contains it, inspiring.
    Contains an untitled hidden track at the end of all the tracks.


      Swass CD
      by Sir Mix-A-Lot
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    The first major MC to come out of the Pacific Northwest (straight outta Tacoma, Washington, to be precise), Sir Mix-a-Lot appeared on the national scene with 1987's SWASS, boasting his own language and a spare, spacey sound, one which owed a heavy debt to the electro-beat-box style of Afrika Bambaataa, but hinted at the P-Funk leanings of later West Coast rap. "Posse on Broadway" (that's Seattle's Broadway, not New York's) lays out Mix-a-Lot's style, as he poetically unfolds a narrative in his gruff, inimitable voice. He ably channels Run-D.M.C., pairing with fellow locals Metal Church on his re-imagination of "Iron Man." While he hints at the novelty that invaded his later work on sped-up opening track "Buttermilk Biscuits," most of the record is a darker affair, a reminder that, at heart, Sir Mix-a-Lot was a serious, innovative (if often goofy) rapper.
    1988 Reissue. Replaces #65663 Cbs


      Sex Packets CD
      by Digital Underground
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    The history of black music exhibits a recurring tendency towards social consciousness, not just in terms of content, but also in a practice characterized by the formation of musical collectives which constitute self-organized utopian movements in their own right. To a partial list of such movements--which might include James Brown and the JBs, the Native Tongues, Fela Kuti and Afrika 70, Arrested Development, Soul II Soul, Sun Ra's Arkestra and Parliament/Funkadelic--we can add the name of Digital Underground.

    Although taking explicit cues from the P-Funk aesthetic (even dubbing themselves the Sons Of The P) in theme and sound (the use of multiple identities, and the accompanying comic strip narrative), DU are not simply clones of Dr. Funkenstein. Interludes like "The New Jazz" (DJ Fuze improvising off a groove provided by live drums and piano; a foreshadowing of Bay Area turntablism to come) demonstrate that they inherited the Funkadelic capacity for invention and experimentation along with the low-end. Meanwhile, singles "The Humpty Dance" and "Doowutchyalike;" equal parts party anthem and dada manifesto, combine the Parliament penchant for absurdity with an unmistakable b-boy ethos, perfectly captured in Shock G/Humpty Hump's baritone flow.



      Unexpected CD
      by Angie Stone
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    On her second album for Concord's Stax imprint (and fourth overall), Angie Stone delves deeper into funk and hip-hop than on her previous outings. Her last offering, The Art of Love & War, was a critical and commercial triumph for the vastly underrated vocalist, and topped the Billboard chart. With a slew of producers including Sly Williams, Willie "Chuck" Shivers, Karrim King and Fitzroy Reid, Steven "Supe" White, Jonathan Richmond, Jazze Pha, and Stone herself, these dozen tracks continue to reveal her versatility as a vocalist and recording artist; she can sing whatever it is she wants to with equal verve, authenticity, and flair. Despite the slicker and more diverse sounds on Unexpected, the soul quotient is high, even if this isn't strictly a neo-soul album. The new beat consciousness reveals itself most on the title track, which is hard funk at its 2009 best. Cuts such as "Free" might have come right out of the 1990s with their use of careening synths, shimmering hip-hop beats, and colliding loops. But the melody is solid, its chorus and refrain catchy. "I Found a Keeper" is another; its production, arrangement, and structure actually feel like it was recorded in the 1990s -- and is at least reminiscent in spirit to material by the trio MoKenStef. But these are not complaints. Stone's voice is so strident and drenched in soul that even the harpsichord sound on the latter track can't overpower it. The one complaint is the utterly unnecessary use of Auto-Tune on a beautiful song like "Tell Me" -- the synths and dancefloor beats are one thing, but the inclusion of this device just feels plain alien on this track.

    For fans worried that Stone abandoned her old-school sound completely, they needn't worry. The first single, "I Ain't Hearin' You," is drenched in neo-soul grooves, as are "Think Sometimes," "I Don't Care," and the gorgeous ballads "All Over Your Body" and "Why Is It." If one goes back to Angie Stone's debut album, Black Diamond, and follows the progression of her sound, it will be obvious that there has been a continued and restless path of growth and experimentation. Unexpected simply feels like a leap more than a step. ~ Thom Jurek



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