Various Artists

Hip Hop Greats: Classic Raps

  • AllMusic Rating
    10
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Although it's far from perfect, the ten-track Hip Hop Greats: Classic Raps offers a good overview of the first national rap hits. Since it contains the majority of hip-hop's early classics -- Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," and UTFO's "Roxanne, Roxanne," Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks," Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Like That," and both "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" and "The Message" from Grandmaster Flash -- it's an excellent primer and introduction, even though it's a bit too brief to be a definitive overview.

blue highlight denotes track pick