Various Artists

Original Hits: Rap & Soul

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EMI’s Original Hits: Rap & Soul is a seven-disc, 116-track budget-line box set. The selections span several decades and there’s little rhyme or reason. It’s a grab bag in which several artists appear three times, as is the case with Brass Construction, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Soul II Soul, Freddie Jackson, and Loose Ends (though not with “Hangin’ on a String”). Gang Starr is present with five songs, while Wu-Tang Clan appears once. There’s no distinction made between radio edits, extended mixes, or album versions, which can be problematic for people expecting a specific form of an inclusion, but the set is, nonetheless, a cheap way to obtain a big chunk of popular R&B and rap.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:51 Spotify
2 5:38
3 4:11 Spotify
4 4:05 Spotify
5 4:00
6 3:35 Spotify
7 4:32
8 2:39 Spotify
9 3:52 Spotify
10 3:45
11 4:44
12 3:57 Spotify
13 3:27 Spotify
14 3:11
15 3:40
16 3:47
17 4:30 Spotify
18 3:40 Spotify
19 3:36 Spotify
20 3:39 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 5:24 Spotify
2
6:43 Spotify
3 4:24 Spotify
4 4:32 Spotify
5 3:12 Spotify
6 5:25 Spotify
7 3:36 Spotify
8 4:14 Spotify
9 3:42
10 3:48
11 4:13 Spotify
12 3:59 Spotify
13 4:44 Spotify
14
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4:27 Spotify
15 4:33 Spotify
16 4:38 Spotify
17 3:42 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:04 Spotify
2 3:12
3 3:54 Spotify
4 3:13
5 3:02
6 4:34
7 3:28 Spotify
8 3:56 Spotify
9 4:14
10 5:05 Spotify
11 5:43
12 4:19 Spotify
13 3:36
14 5:52 Spotify
15 3:47 Spotify
16 3:47
17 3:47 Spotify
18 3:46 Spotify
19 3:04 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:53 Spotify
2
3:37 Spotify
3 4:04
4 4:21
5
3:23 Spotify
6 4:03
7 4:19
8 4:32 Spotify
9 4:03 Spotify
10 4:14 Spotify
11 3:30 Spotify
12 2:56 Spotify
13 3:50 Spotify
14 3:43 Spotify
15 4:57 Spotify
16 4:13 Spotify
17 3:53 Spotify
18 3:53 Spotify
19
2:47 Spotify
20 4:36 Spotify
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