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Sleeping Bag Records Greatest Rap Hits

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It may have taken a frustrating amount of time for this collection to appear, but it's been worth the wait. Nearly two decades after the original release of these songs, the defunct Sleeing Bag label's gold mine of old school rap classics finally sees a CD release. Featuring 15 classics by pioneers such as Mantronix, Just-Ice, Nice & Smooth, EPMD, and T La Rock, Sleeping Bag Records Greatest Rap Hits showcases the storied New York label's formative sound, a sound which shaped countless late-'80s and early-'90s East Coast MCs and producers. Granted, these songs no doubt sound dated and are a little stiff to contemporary ears, but their historical importance is undeniable.

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