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Power 96 Presents: Dancehall Nice Again 2004 - Reggae & Reggaeton

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With too many highlights to believe, the title says it all on this exciting compilation. Bouncing back and forth between hip-hop-injected dancehall from Jamaica and the Puerto Rican-flavored version of dancehall, reggaeton, Power 96 Presents: Dancehall Nice Again pushes itself over the top with some excellent mixing from Miami radio's Eddie Mix. Mix blends the two dancehall styles with hedonistic Miami spirit, and his track selection offers highlight after highlight. Beenie Man's massive "Dude" slowly blends into a quirky and unheard mix of Sean Paul's "Like Glue" with a live break from a bootlegged concert right in the middle. "Pull Up" features some excellent phrasing from Mr. Vegas over a hallucinatory beat, Ms. Thing's Funkadelic-spirited "Get That Money" lays its quick and witty lyrics over electro, and Sugar Daddy's "Sweet Soca Music" slyly samples the Verve sampling the Rolling Stones. Host Lance O adds to the party with some shout-outs, making the collection come off as a first-rate bootleg mixtape. Perfect for cruising the downtown on a beautiful day; no convertible should be without it.

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