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Ministry of Sound: Anthems Hip-Hop III

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Spanning three decades of hip-hop and picking up a wealth of hits, Ministry of Sound: Anthems Hip-Hop III is either a quick catch-up for the hip-hop newcomer, a fat stack of fine reminders for the hip-hop faithful, or an instant party starter for aspiring DJs. The genre's golden age is represented on disc one with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa ("Don't Stop... Planet Rock"), Grandmaster Flash ("White Lines [Don't Do It]"), and N.W.A ("Straight Outta Compton") displaying hip-hop's transition from electro to gangster. Disc two represents rap's breakout years with tracks from the Notorious B.I.G. ("Hypnotize"), Ol' Dirty Bastard ("Shimmy Shimmy Ya"), and Cypress Hill ("When the Shit Goes Down") proving that rappers could cross over to the masses with none of that sellout aftertaste. Disc three shifts to the "modern" era with artists like Jay-Z ("99 Problems"), OutKast ("The Way You Move"), and A$AP Rocky ("Goldie") showing that the genre has not only arrived, but diversified. Keep in mind, these are the unedited tracks with all the swears and curses intact, so while "parents just don't understand," they've at least been warned.

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