Rip Slyme

Good Times

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Ten years into their major-label status (and 15 or so into their career as rappers), Rip Slyme's Good Times is a straightforward compilation of the group's hits as well as a number of notable album tracks. The set opens with the particularly old-school delivery of their first hit, "Stepper's Delight." It moves to "Zatsunen Entertainment," built on Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel," before jumping into more samba-based work. They move into more contemporary and more funky material later in the course, with pieces like "Galaxy" (which could fit easily into a Teriyaki Boyz side project) and the dramatic "Funktastic Battle" (in combination with Hotei). The group's rap style wandered from old-school vocal deliveries to more pop-oriented melodic work over the years, and Good Times documents that progression as well as a general growth in abilities. The earlier work is what will hook new listeners, with the later works gathering more pop-oriented fans for a deeper dive.