Various Artists

Tenth Anniversary Rap-A-Lot Records

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Tenth Anniversary Rap-A-Lot Records is a retrospective of the first decade of the Texas-based hip-hop label, featuring hit singles by the Geto Boys, Scarface, Blac Monks, Raheem, 5th Ward Boyz and Gangsta Nip, among many others. Though some of this material is simply straight-forward gangsta rap, the very best moments here -- particularly the Geto Boys' classic "Mind Playin' Tricks on Me" -- rank among the best hardcore rap of the late '80s and early '90s, and any dedicated rap fan should explore what it has to offer.