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Across 155th St.: The EBC at Rucker Park Soundtrack

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Equally flashy and intensely competitive, the Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Harlem's Rucker Park involves mixed streetball teams of amateurs and pros. It has become a minor television phenomenon, and in 2003, a DVD was issued that documented the players' videogame-like personas (players with names like the Bone Collector and Prime Objective dominate) as well as the battles they have taken part in. The soundtrack is a mixed bag of names big and small; none of those big names -- including Mobb Deep, Dead Prez, Roscoe, and Terror Squad team owner Fat Joe -- contribute memorable tracks, obviously opting to leave prime material for their respective full-length projects. Only a handful of the remaining MCs and groups -- mostly newcomers -- deliver decent tracks, leaving the disc recommendable only to close followers of the EBC.

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