Monsters of Rap

November 6, 2014 - Comment

Monsters of rap, indeed. This uneven compilation brings together the best and worst blockbuster hip-hop hits from 1986 to 1992, and a few other, seemingly unrelated, songs. Inoffensive dancefloor numbers like Young MC’s “Bust a Move” and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” recall Sundays at the roller rink. But

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Monsters of rap, indeed. This uneven compilation brings together the best and worst blockbuster hip-hop hits from 1986 to 1992, and a few other, seemingly unrelated, songs. Inoffensive dancefloor numbers like Young MC’s “Bust a Move” and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” recall Sundays at the roller rink. But tracks like Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” and MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” are better forgotten, like acid-washed jeans. Some non-PG choices, such as Onyx’s grimy “Slam” and Yo Yo’s super “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo,” as well as lesser-known slices of funk such as 3rd Bass’s “Pop Goes the Weasel” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” provide a change of pace from Monsters of Rap’s overall sugar-coated poptastic flavor. –Lizz Mendez Berry

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Kevin Lockett says:

Greatest Hits of all time! 0

Peaches says:

Hip-Hop’s Big Chill album for the New Millenium For alot teenagers, the Monsters of Rap CD is a relic. Something that should be left in the past or a bin with a $.99 sticker next to The Backstreet Bo..um New Kids On The Block’s last album. For the exception of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”, most kids would say the rap presented on Monsters of rap is not “bangin” as hard as the latest Eminem, DMX or Jay-Z albums.. er, CDs. But what Generation Y doesn’t understand is that these songs of the early 90’s opened the doors for Hip-Hop’s huge crossover success today. What Gen-Xer doesn’t remember shaking their rumps to “Rump Shaker”, noddin’ their heads to Tribe’s “Scenario” or remember the girl who kept telling you she “Got A Man”, when you knew she didn’t (and if anybody out there say they didn’t like “Ice Ice Ice Bay” when it FIRST came out, their lying!) The songs on Monsters of Rap are not just a greatest hits package, but its the O decade’s snapshot of the…

Anonymous says:

Awesome cd 0

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