Louder Than Ever, Vol. 1 is a sampler of the Loud hip-hop label and several affiliates, most prominently Relativity; issued in early 2000, it features cuts from those labels' more recent releases around that time, plus a smattering of rarities. Since it's mostly a promotional tool designed to make consumers curious about hearing more, it doesn't quite capture any particular moment in hip-hop, but it is a fairly consistent sampler, all told. Artists present include the Beatnuts, Raekwon, Xzibit, Big Punisher, Inspectah Deck, Krayzie Bone, and Mobb Deep with Lil' Kim.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Huey