Various Artists

First Generation Rap: The Old School, Vol. 2

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Old school rap fanatics might want to seek out Collectables' First Generation Rap, a four-volume series that compiles many rare sides and instrumental versions. Not every track is a bona fide classic, but everything here is of some value, if only for the sake of history. The series definitely has collectors and DJs in mind, since vocal versions are often followed by instrumental or extended versions. The second volume features the Treacherous Three ("At the Party," "Body Rock," "The New Rap Language," and "Put the Boogie in Your Body"), Kool Kyle the Starchild ("It's Rockin' Time"), and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five ("Superappin No. 2").

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