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The Source Presents Hip-Hop Hits, Vol. 10

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The 10th volume of the annual compilation THE SOURCE PRESENTS HIP-HOP HITS, released in the summer of 2005, bills itself as the "10th Anniversary Edition," which seems to imply that it will be a retrospective of the previous decade. While this is not the case, the 2004-2005 season of hip-hop is more than enough fertile ground for a satisfying and diverse rap record. THE SOURCE has captured two of the best and most original singles from that time, the blazing stutter-step of Fabolous's "Breathe" and Trick Daddy's Ozzy Osbourne-sampling crunk masterpiece "Let's Go." The set also compiles unforgettably anthemic radio rulers like Terror Squad's "Lean Back" and Ciara's "Goodies," while putting newcomers like Trillville ("Neva Eva") and Pitbull ("Dammit Man") alongside veterans like C-Murder ("Y'all Heard Of Me") and the venerable Geto Boys ("Yes, Yes, Y'all"). This fine compilation is a satisfying snapshot of the hip-hop landscape with the genre speeding toward its fourth decade.

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