Various Artists

The Beatnuts Collection, Vol. 2

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The scholarly sample fiends at Strictly Breaks were enterprising enough to realize that a market could exist for compilations featuring tracks sampled by one particular artist. Taking the concept of the format pioneered by Ultimate Breaks and Beats one step further, the vinyl-based Jigga Collection assembles tracks that have been put to use by the Beatnuts. (Strictly Breaks have also done the same for A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, Nas, De La Soul, and Pete Rock.) Most selections are provided in full, while several are frustratingly reduced to a few brief (if entirely relevant) bars. The second Beatnuts Collection, released in 2004, contains Zulema's "Giving Up" (as heard in "Beatnuts Forever"), Roy Ayers' "Painted Desert" ("Get Funky"), Herbie Hancock's "Toys" ("Yeah You Get Props"), Harry Nilsson's "Rain Maker" ("Straight Jacket"), Lou Rawls' "Lifetime Monologue" ("World Famous"), and George Semper's "Get Out of My Life Woman" ("Off the Books"). Buyer beware: the sound quality varies from track to track.