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Def Jam 25, Vol. 4: It Takes Two, Pt. 2

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Collaborations from Def Jam's mid- to late-2000s back catalog dominate the fourth volume of the label's 25 digital download compilations released to commemorate 25 years in the business. It's a sequel to the Def Jam 25, Vol. 3: It Takes Two, Pt. 1, highlighted by Ghostface Killah and Ne-Yo's "Back Like That," Shareefa and Ludacris' "I Need a Boss," Young Gunz and Rell's Luther Vandross-referencing "No Better Love," and Nas and Chrisette Michele's "Can't Forget About You." The biggest hit of all here is Dru Hill's "In My Bed," an alliance with Da Brat and Jermaine Dupri that reached number four on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in early 1997. Overall, this is inferior to part one, but it's another thoughtful, succinct set of selections from Def Jam's deep and wide vault.

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