Various Artists

Crunk Classics

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Mixed by Atlanta radio DJ Greg Street, Crunk'd shows there's more to crunk than just partying and Lil Jon. This isn't party rap as much as it is raw, hedonistic, low-down, and minimal Southern rap with a deep boom and foul mouth. It's not what you'd call a hot selection -- most of the tracks are two years or more old -- but Street is a DJ with a good memory and can school you on where 2004's radio-friendly crunk came from. There's the excellent and electro "I'll Pay for It" from Soulja Slim, the swaggering and street-level "Amped Up" from Turk, and two brash rockers from the pre-"Salt Shaker" Ying Yang Twins. The biggest surprise for the crunk non-faithful has to be the two gems from the sexy and hotheaded La' Chat with her slang-filled "Slob On My Cat," the highlight of the album. There's none of the hollow-headed, wannabe, ripoff music that clogs up so many crunk compilations and even if you don't see the big names, Street knows his stuff. Let him take you deeper into the Southern rap underground.

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