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4.0 out of 5 stars A development of a winning formula, 27 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Back To The Old School 2: Sugarhill Club Classics II (Audio CD)
The first CD in the "Back to the Old School" series served to introduce the layman into the glory days of Rap and Hip-Hop in the seventies and early eighties;while obvious classics such as White Lines (Don't Do It)by Grandmaster Flash+The Furious Five and Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang appeared on the album, it was deliberately restricted away from the cut-and-paste days of the early rappers and DJs to present a more listener-friendly sound. The second volume holds no such limitations.These are no message-raps or radio conscious scratches, but rather full on party-raps and tracks designed solely for making the audience dance. Gleefully amateur raps boast of fairy-tale riches and rapping prowess, not homicides and wanton drug abuse. These dance tracks are just that, not self-indulgent shoegazery or mindless drum loops. Standout tracks include Reggie Griffin's pioneer Mirda Rock and Grandmaster Flash+The Furious Five's It's Nasty (Genius Of Love), later sampled to great effect by The Talking Heads on Genius Of Love (Tom Tom Club.) A wider selection of artists would have been appreciated, however:The Furious Five appear no less than four times on a supposed variety CD. And there is no sign of Funky 4+1 or Keithy Keith, not to mention DJ Wizard or the myriad of other early Hip-Hop artists. Nevertheless, with both CDs running at over 70 minutes, this compilation offers value for money and a sure dancefloor filler.
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Back To The Old School 2: Sugarhill Club Classics II
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