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Various Artists (The Beat Generation)


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Are You Ready feat. Slum Village DJ Jazzy Jeff  
  2   Back On The Block feat. CL Smooth Pete Rock  
  3   It's Like That J. Dilla  
  4   Surely DJ Spinna  
  5   Three's Company feat. Big Daddy Kane Marley Marl  
  6   If U Didn't Know Will.I.Am  
  7   Transcend feat. Bahamadia King Britt  
  8   Think Twice feat. Dwele J. Dilla  
  9   Travellin Larry Gold  
  10   Love Is Sold DJ Spinna  
  11   Lay Me Down Will. I. Am  
  12   We Live In Philly feat. Jill Scott DJ Jazzy Jeff  
  13   Superstar King Britt  
  14   Smooth Sailing Pete Rock  
  15   Hummin' feat. Roy Ayers Marley Marl  
  16   Outro Larry Gold  
  17   Bengali Paraphrase Allen Ginsberg  


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London's Barely Breaking Even are a record label with a difference, as the name suggests they are not in it for the money, but for the love of music, and their wonderful soul and funk re-issues are easily among the best in a cluttered market, enlisting the likes of Keb D'arge, Kenny Dope and even DJ Shadow to compile essential collections. One recent project of the label is the release of innovative hip-hop albums from some of the scenes legends and fresh talents under the monicker The Beat Generation (released through subsidary Rapster), and this compilation acts as a "best of" sampler for the series so far. DJ Jazzy Jeff gives a touch of jazz to opener "Are You Ready", featuring Detroit's finest Slum Village, while another Detroit resident, Jay Dee delivers two cuts - future R&B classic "Think Twice" with Dwele on vocals and sublime trumpet, and "It's Like That" which is a pure slice of underground hip-hop. Pete Rock and CL Smooth join forces once more on "Back On The Block", while other legendary figures appear in the likes of arranger Larry Gold's "Travelin" and Marley Marl's "Three's Company", which includes an old school rap from Big Daddy Kane. The new school feature strongly too - DJ Spinna shows why he has so much underground respect with a hip-hop cut, "Surely", and a killer slice of broken beat soul, "Love Is Sold" - Black Eyed Peas producer Will.I.Am shows he is the master of the MPC3000 on "If You Didn't Know" and "Lay Me Down". An album of music for music lovers, 'The Beat Generation' is a labour of love for everyone involved, and we the listener reap the undoubted rewards.

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Artist: Various Artists (The Beat Generation)
Album: The Beat Generation
Cat #: RR0030CD
Date: 10/03/2004
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Rapster
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 weeks
Genres: Dance , Hip-Hop
Normally: $37.95
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