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Rapmasters, Vol. 6: Best of the Beat

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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 sixth volume of the series, subtitled The Best of the Beat, includes True Mathematics' "For the Money," Domino's "Cuties Get Connected," U.T.F.O.'s "Split Personality," N.W.A's "Dopeman," EPMD's "You Gots to Chill," Run-D.M.C.'s "You Be Illin'," and the Ultramagnetic MC's' "Ease Back."

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