DJ Rhettmatic

Exclusive Collection

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AllMusic Review by David Jeffries

Japan's Manhattan Records (a record store and distribution company) and Los Angeles' Up Above Records present one CD of new and exclusive tracks that get mixed together by DJ Rhettmatic on the second disc. Maybe the cover art makes the former Beat Junkie look like he's a lot more involved with Exclusive Collection than he is, but if that's what it takes to get these great tracks to people's ears, so be it. Disc one is filled with highlights. Plenty of hip-hoppers hate when producer Tony Touch picks up the mike, but "We See Y'All" is one of the great, freewheeling things that happens when he does and a perfect cut for the Rhettmatic mix. Rhettmatic's crew, the Visionaries, offer up a thrilling ride on "Hindsight," with rapper 2Mex overcoming a clunky sample from Queen's "Flash's Theme." Pete Rock is ultra-smooth, Jay Dee is a ghetto-fabulous Gil Scott-Heron, and the two cuts from Geology along with one from the Omen offer up killer hooks that stick in the head. That's a lot of great underground rap without any overly academic aftertaste, and Rhettmatic makes it all sound like a party on disc two. Some extra scratch interludes and a few new tracks get added on Rhettmatic's mix, and the DJ blends the beats with wit and precision. Shout-outs and phoned-in praise for the DJ give the set a happening mixtape feel, making it the disc to cruise with.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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DJ Rhettmatic 01:44 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: The Beatnuts 03:23 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 01:20 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Ge-ology 02:21 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 03:45 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 00:39 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Kool G Rap 02:16 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 01:02 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Dilated Peoples 03:57 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: 3rd Degree 01:05 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 02:09 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 02:01 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 04:58 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Dilated Peoples 03:20 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Kev Brown 00:32 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Kev Brown / Grap Luva 04:04 Amazon
17 DJ Rhettmatic feat: Grap Luva / Pete Rock 02:54 Amazon
18 DJ Rhettmatic feat: The Beat Junkies 03:34 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 01:01 Amazon
20 DJ Rhettmatic feat: Visionaries 04:12 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 00:20 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Ge-ology / Talib Kweli 03:08 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic 00:40 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Kombo 02:43 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Tony Touch 03:51 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Writer's Block 02:48 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Roc Raida 00:19 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: Jurassic 5 02:53 Amazon
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DJ Rhettmatic feat: DJ Spinna 04:10 Amazon
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