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Hip Hop with R&B Flava

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If you're confused by what Hip Hop with R&B Flava means, since "R&B" can mean oh so many different things, think of it as crossover hip-hop or pop-rap, because nearly every song on this 12-track (nine on cassette) budget-priced collection made its presence known on the pop charts. Of course, the mere mention of "crossover" implies that the song has less "street cred" than most hip-hop, but that's simply not the case with a compilation that contains a song by Redman and two cuts by Method Man. The fact of the matter is, this compilation contains some of the greatest hip-hop singles of the '90s -- Warren G.'s "Regulate," Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do It," Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop," Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance," Redman & Method Man's "How High," Method Man's "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By." The rest of the compilation may not quite live up to those high standards, but it's all very, very good, making it a budget-priced disc that is certainly a bargain.

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