Various Artists

Rap Declares War

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Conceptually, this is very strong. With the imprimatur of the remaining members of War and their longtime manager Jerry Goldstein, the group's tracks are used as samples and/or backing for some well-known and not-so-well-known rappers to pay homage to. For the most part it works, because the talent (e.g., The Beasties, Ice-T, 2Pac, De La Soul) is there. However, tracks by those artists have been available on their earlier discs...And the lesser-known material, which also comes from previously released sources, is simply not as outstanding, ranging from the lackadaisical (Too Short) to the doggedly polemical (Brand Nubian). The title track is a new War number and does a great job of stating the band's significance...In fact, this entire disc is fairly remarkable in showing how influential War has remained as a source point for rap, both in groove and social consciousness...

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:00
2 3:44
3 5:10
4 3:40
5 5:04
6 3:49
7 3:40
8 4:09
9 2:34
10 4:29
11 4:45
12 4:04
13 2:56
14 4:17
15 5:06
16 2:52
17 3:03
18 4:18
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