Tommy Boy Essentials: Hip-Hop Volume 1

Tommy Boy Essentials: Hip-Hop Volume 1

Various Artists

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While released as part of Tommy Boy's 20th anniversary reissue series, most tracks on Tommy Boy Essentials are culled from the label's peak years of 1988-1994. All tracks are 12" remixes, one-off singles, and promotional tracks, and most of them were never before issued on compact disc. Highlights include remixes of House of Pain's "Jump Around," Queen Latifah's "Wrath of My Madness," and Prince Rakeem's "Ooh I Love You Rakeem." (Rakeem is better known today as Wu-Tang Clan's RZA; the song included here was his first appearance on record.) Lost classics include Uptown's densely polyrhythmic "Dope On Plastic" and the rare and cryptically titled "Sh.Fe.MC's," a long-sought-after collaboration between De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest.


01Dope on Plastic Uptown04:09
02Can't Get Enough Black by Demand03:48
03Go Brooklyn 3 Stetsasonic03:54
05God Made Me Funky Too Poetic05:06
06Swollen Pockets Phase N' Rhythm03:24
07Wrath of My Madness (DJ Premier Remix) Queen Latifah04:45
08Poetical Terror Too Poetic03:54
09Ain't U Freshco Freshco and Miz04:36
10Ooh I Love You Rakeem (Baggin' Ladies Mix) Prince Rakeem04:17
11The Hip Hop Band (Interlude) Stetsasonic02:29
12Feelin' James Fresh Gordon04:39
13Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix) House Of Pain03:54

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