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Rapmasters, Vol. 2: Best of the Rhyme

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Released during the late '80s and early '90s, the volumes in Priority's exhaustive Rapmasters series plugged a gap in the rap-compilation market. They offered a decent alternative for rap fans who were on a budget and unable to snap up each single as it became available. In addition to tying up a good amount of classics, a lot of the tracks included remain tough to find. Despite the fact that no volume is definitive (there are some clunkers), each one is bound to introduce the listener to a previously unheard gem or two. The second volume of the series, subtitled The Best of the Rhyme, includes Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three's "Request Line," Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde's "Fast Life," Cash Money & Marvelous' "Play It Cool," Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Like That," and U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne."

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