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Rapmasters, Vol. 5: Best of the Word

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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 fifth volume of the series, subtitled The Best of the Word, includes Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Tricky," Eric B. & Rakim's "I Ain't No Joke," Ultramagnetic MC's' "Ego Trippin'," the Fat Boys' "Don't Be Stupid," U.T.F.O.'s "Ya Cold Wanna Be With Me," and Whistle's "Barbara's Bedroom."

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