Various Artists

Rapmasters, Vol. 10: Best of Scratchin'

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Released during the late '80s and early '90s, the volumes in Priority's exhaustive Rapmasters series plugged a gap in the rap-compilation market. They offered a decent alternative for rap fans who were on a budget and unable to snap up each single as it became available. In addition to tying up a good amount of classics, a lot of the tracks included remain tough to find. Despite the fact that no volume is definitive (there are some clunkers), each one is bound to introduce the listener to a previously unheard gem or two. The tenth volume of the series, subtitled The Best of Scratchin', is another installment that has a short track listing, but again, most of these tracks are much longer than the standard four minutes. Included here are Newcleus' "Jam on It," Funky 4 + 1's "That's the Joint," the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," the Treacherous Three's "At the Party," and Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock."