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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 1 December 2014
Bought this for my husband as most of the tracks remind him of his miss spent youth !
He loves it, plenty of classics and a few we didn't know but are just as good
Great for in the car and reminiscing :)
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Consisting of 55 chronologically ordered tracks across three CDs and a fourth disc featuring a 60 minute mix by Grandmaster Flash, this collection represents excellent value for money and it's more or less a definitive history of hip-hop. Given that it's aimed at the mass market there are loads of mainstream crowd pleasers but there are also a lot of lesser known gems. The first disc is full of old school hip-hop classics (A Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A, Eric B & Rakim, etc.) and it's the best here - the beats and the clever use of samples are at times jaw-dropping. Grandmaster's mix is nothing particularly special but for the money, you can't complain too much. Clocking in at a few minutes short of a mammoth 5 hours, it’s housed in a neat triple gatefold digipak. Existing hip-hop fans and newcomers will find much to enjoy.
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on 19 May 2016
Reason I bought this, (having most of the tracks on it) was due to having the opportunity to meet the man himself. Purely for souvenir purposes, Grandmaster Flash signed it. It's currently going into a frame.
The mix CD is pretty good, and overall has a good selection of hip hop classics
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on 19 August 2014
Close, so close... but not quite.
Got really excited when I saw this advertised on TV last night. Sure the track listing is epic, on paper the concept is bang-on. However, look at the running times of the tracks. While this is a fantastic intro for newbies and youngsters into the whole retro thing, us of a certain age who grew up on 12" vinyl mixes in clubs and pirate radio stations this is just a collection of short commercial radio edits. Some such as The Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight are almost a QUARTER of the length I remember (over 14 minutes on 12").
Having said that, it would have to be a mega 8 CD's to satisfy us collectors, and most of the original 12" mixes are still out there in one format or another.
Hopefully this will spark up enough nostalgia to commission a full length collectors edition ?.
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on 30 September 2014
Fantastic collection of hip hop music, including some all time classics and some lesser known tracks. Perfect for someone who wants to get into hip-hop music and wants a way to get a taste for the genre.
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on 18 August 2014
Cracking hip-hop retrospective, from the legend that is. Covers each era but has a few artists I'd never heard of until now - but all makes for a great playlist!
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on 18 August 2014
Listened to the album today, mix CD is really good and the 3 other CD's have all the great Hip Hop tracks and also some I've never heard off. Overall very good value for money and
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on 24 September 2014
It's grandmaster flash, what more do you want, yes you may have heard of the artists that are featured but not the tracks. This should be in your collection.
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on 18 August 2014
Such a fantastic album, full of hip hop classics. The scratch CD is an added bonus too. Grandmaster Flash is the legend that pioneered turntablism. Love this record, every track's a floor filler!
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on 10 September 2014
The original & still the best old skool music. Just wish there was more tracks from Grandmaster Flash
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