Various Artists

First Generation Rap: The Old School, Vol. 3

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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 third volume features the Masterdon Committee ("Funk Box Party," "Gonna Get You Hot," "Paid the Cost," and "Musicgram"), Source ("Ghetto Life"), the Fearless Four ("Rockin It" and "It's Magic"), and Kool Kyle the Starchild ("Do You Like That Funky Beat").

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