Various Artists

Metropolitan Freestyle Extravaganza, Vol. 4

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For the fourth volume of the Metropolitan Freestyle Extravaganza series, the Metropolitan label decided to dispense with its lazy practice of providing the songs included within the context of two half-hour mixes -- it's only speculation that the label finally realized that most people don't want to hold the scan button in order to reach the songs they want to hear. After all, it's not as if everyone enjoys hearing mixes outside of the club. This smart move doesn't change the quality of the series; the songs, again, were recorded long after freestyle's mid-'80s peak and either recycle or water down the style's best ideas. Alexia Phillips, MKG, Just Say Yo, Randy Kendall, Manuella, and Michael Christopher all contribute.

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