Various Artists

The Jigga Collection, Vol. 1

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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 Jay-Z's producers throughout the years. (Strictly Breaks have also done the same for A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, the Beatnuts, Nas, and Pete Rock.) Most selections are provided in full, while several are frustratingly reduced to a few brief (if entirely relevant) bars. The first Jigga Collection, originally released in 2002, contains the Doors' "Five to One" (as heard in "The Takeover"), Steve Arrington's "Weak at the Knees" ("Money Ain't a Thang"), Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime" ("It's Alright"), the Stylistics' "Hurry Up This Way Again" ("Politics as Usual"), and Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa" ("Face Off"). Buyer beware: the sound quality varies from track to track.