Various Artists

Kool Rap

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Kool Rap is a very, very good budget-line hip-hop collection, containing a number of hip-hop classics from the late '80s. There are both hardcore and crossover cuts here, illustrating the vitality of the genre during this era. The packaging may be a little skimpy, but there's no denying the music, since over half of these songs are genuine classics: EPMD's "Strictly Business," Ice-T's "Colors," Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise," NWA's "Gangsta Gangsta," Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full," Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" and LL Cool J's "I Need Love."

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