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Uptown Records Block Party, Vol. 1

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Uptown's Block Party, Vol. 1 is an excellent retrospective of the urban R&B label's first 10 years, boasting hits like Guy's "Teddy's Jam," and Jodeci's "Forever My Lady," Heavy D's "Got Me Waiting," and Mary J. Blige's "Real Love," among many others. It's a concise and entertaining overview of one of the finest urban labels of the late '80s and early '90s, and any new jack and hip-hop fan should purchase it and its accompanying volume.

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