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I had a little preliminary listen to this collection last night and it turned into a bit of a one-man dance party in my house. What you've got on these two discs is a collection of early rap tracks from the late '70s and early '80s, when the building blocks were being laid for what was to become hip-hop. The rapping style heard throughout the album will be familiar to anyone who's heard the likes ...

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9/10 Mike Staff review, 20 March 2014
I had a little preliminary listen to this collection last night and it turned into a bit of a one-man dance party in my house. What you've got on these two discs is a collection of early rap tracks from the late '70s and early '80s, when the building blocks were being laid for what was to become hip-hop. The rapping style heard throughout the album will be familiar to anyone who's heard the likes of the Sugar Hill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight', lively but fairly straightforward flows over upbeat disco-funk jams.   The stand-outs from a first listen through are 'MC Rock' by Jazzy 4 MCs which has a liquid wah-funk guitar line sitting just under the drums and vocals that gives it a great summery feeling to it, and the beat sounds like it's gradually getting faster, and there's a refreshing mixture of male and female rappers that you really don't hear so often nowadays.   Following it is the album's other instant highlight 'The People's Message, Take Two' by Terry Lewis and Wildflower, a dramatic and ambitious number opening with a barfight skit before bursting into a disco-soul groove with handclaps and Lewis rhyming consciousness and unity over the top, and a female chorus that I'm sure I've heard sampled somewhere but can't place it. The song is a sprawling 10 minutes and they really let things hang out and take their time. There's a long sample of inspirational speaking that I think is MLK, it's all quite politically charged but in a positive and aspirational way.   The whole compilation is superb, full of authentic early rap gems that have without exception stood the test of time and are not only historically interesting but thoroughly entertaining today. Perfect music for those summer BBQs that aren't so many months away now...

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