Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

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Nearly identical to 1990's Greatest Hits and 1995's The Jive Collection, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini contains all but one of Whodini's charting singles (including "One Love," "Friends," "Funky Beat," "Freaks Come Out at Night," "Five Minutes of Funk," and "Magic's Wand") and a couple better-known -- and radio-unfriendly, lyrically -- album cuts ("I'm a Ho," "Judy"). Any hip-hop fan who came of age after the '80s is likely to think of all this as very primitive and inextricably linked to its era, but he or she will certainly find out that Whodini were one of the primary groups to set the precedent for the fusion of hip-hop and R&B that would begin to dominate radio during the early '90s.

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