Released in 1985, the Russell Simmons written and produced Krush Groove is like a snapshot of the old-school rap scene at its peak. Featuring Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, Kurtis Blow, and L.L. Cool J, the film's soundtrack contains some of the heaviest hitters from an era when the genre was breaking into the mainstream. And while the album doesn't contain anything approaching these artists' most important work, Krush Groove documents a genre on the rise and about to head into what's widely regarded as its golden age, making it an essential piece of rap history.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney