Various Artists

The Definitive Electro & Hip Hop Collection

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The Definitive Electro & Hip Hop Collection doesn't live up to its title. While it contains plenty of surefire classics from both realms, it's far from definitive and -- most importantly -- rather irritating in its decision to mix all the tracks together. You only get two to three minutes of each selection before it fades out, making the set completely avoidable for those who want to hear each one in full. Highlights from the electro end include Cybotron's "Clear," Hashim's "Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)," Herbie Hancock's "Rockit," and the Jonzun Crew's "Pack Jam." The hip-hop tracks come mostly from the mid-'80s, including Stetsasonic's "Just Say Stet," Kurtis Blow's "The Bronx," Marley Marl's "He Cuts So Fresh," and Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines (Don't Do It)."

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