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Murder Dog Celebrates 10 Years: Best of the Best

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Celebrating a decade of keeping it gutter, Murder Dog magazine presents two discs of up-and-comers, overlooked players, plus a Banner and a Bone. Heavy with Dirty South tracks, the collection is more 2005-oriented than a nostalgic look back at a decade of hip-hop, but there's no denying, Murder Dog are worthy compilers. The discs aren't straight-up mixed but tightly edited together with no gaps. With fierce banger after banger tightly edited together, the two CDs roll hard and you'd be hard-pressed to put together a more fist-pumping experience on your own. Superstars David Banner, Krayzie Bone, and Mike Jones all bring their best, but the B-list supply the real highlights. Whitefolks' "So Much Drama" is the perfect marriage of Cypress Hill and Lil Wyte while Venomous Smoke plays Dirty South Jay-Z to Gangsta Boo's Dirtier South Beyoncé on the smoking club track "Donkey Kong." The legendary-to-those-who-know Relativez offer yet another tasty G-funk track while both Jacka and Husalah kick it experimental. Jacka's and Husalah's tracks seem out of place among so much gangsta music, but they're both worthy and placed together at the end of disc one in case you want to make this a 100 percent "head bussa" experience.

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