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Bass Mix USA [K-Tel]

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As it turned out, the 2 Live Crew was one of the most influential groups in the history of rap. Luther Campbell and friends may not have had much impact on New York, L.A., Philly or Oakland rappers, but in the Southeast, countless artists have been influenced by their bass music. Directly or indirectly, everyone on Bass Mix USA has been influenced by the Crew. This compilation boasts some of the biggest bass hits of the 1990s, including Tag Team's "Whoomp! There It Is" (not to be confused with 95 South's similar "Whoot! There It Is"), D.J. Spankx's "Monkey Pop" and Kidd Money's "Let Me Hear Ya Holla." You won't find any references to the Million Man March on this CD; these escape-oriented artists rap about things like shaking your booty and women in tight clothing. Duice's "Dazzey Duks," a major hit, is an ode to women in cutoff denim. New York hip-hoppers may denounce these 2 Live Crew-influenced songs as lowest common denominator music, but say what they will, Bass Mix USA makes for some very fun decadence.

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