DJ Rhettmatic

Exclusive Collection

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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
1
01:44 Amazon
2
feat: The Beatnuts
03:23 Amazon
3
01:20 Amazon
4
feat: Ge-ology
02:21 Amazon
5
03:45 Amazon
6
00:39 Amazon
7
feat: Kool G Rap
02:16 Amazon
8
01:02 Amazon
9
03:57 Amazon
10
feat: 3rd Degree
01:05 Amazon
11
02:09 Amazon
12
02:01 Amazon
13
04:58 Amazon
14
03:20 Amazon
15
feat: Kev Brown
00:32 Amazon
16
04:04 Amazon
17 02:54 Amazon
18 03:34 Amazon
19
01:01 Amazon
20
feat: Visionaries
04:12 Amazon
21
00:20 Amazon
22
03:08 Amazon
23
00:40 Amazon
24
feat: Kombo
02:43 Amazon
25
feat: Tony Touch
03:51 Amazon
26
02:48 Amazon
27
feat: Roc Raida
00:19 Amazon
28
feat: Jurassic 5
02:53 Amazon
29
feat: DJ Spinna
04:10 Amazon
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