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1. Licensed to Ill
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2. The Dana Owens Album
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3. Paul's Boutique
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4. The Best Of The Moments: Love
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5. Straight Outta Compton
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6. All World: Greatest Hits
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7. Check Your Head
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8. Ill Communication
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9. The Great Adventures of Slick
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10. Hello Nasty
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11. The Best Of SugarHill Gang: Rapper's
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12. Living Out Loud: Original Soundtrack
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13. Solid Gold Hits
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14. The In Sound from Way Out!
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15. Paid in Full
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16. Strictly Business
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17. As Nasty as They Wanna Be
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18. Message From Beat Street: Best
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19. To The 5 Boroughs
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20. Yo! Bum Rush the Show

1. Licensed to Ill
by Def Jam
Audio CD (28 March, 1995)
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Asin: B0000024JN
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The joke of Read more

Reviews (192)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill still great after all these years
I was 13 years old when I got the vinyl LP for the Beastie Boys debut album. This was the era of Run-DMC, Eric B. and Rakim, LL Cool J, etc. Most of the rappers in this so-called golden age of hip-hop pretty much rapped over sampled and mixed beats and scratching. The Beastie Boys debut album, Licensed to Ill, added a new flavor in that mix: rock riffs combined with hip-hop beats and scratches. The fact that they were a trio of white kids from Brooklyn only helped to add to their charm.
5-0 out of 5 stars NO PARENTAL ADVISORY
Old school. If you have a teen into rap this is a great alternative to "SHOW THE PUPS" how it was done before all women were treated as dirt in videos and and gangsters were hero's. The topic is party. the beat is rap/rock and it the "BOYS" influenced many of todays artists. And the infamous Brass Monkey song is still HOT HOT HOT. If you're a fan of any rap or roc or a parent that wants to add some depth to your teen's gangster heavy library-head to the old school kind of cool and you will find music you can both live with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Twenty Years and Still Standing
Anyway this cd deserves to be remastered and re-released for it's 20th anniversary.I think def jam can afford that. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hip-Hop    4. Old-School Rap    5. Pop    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. Rock/Pop    9. United States of America   


2. The Dana Owens Album
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (28 September, 2004)
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Asin: B0002XL1XU
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Everyone grows up... even rappers. Pioneering female MC Queen Latifah shows a newfound level of maturity on Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing!A must have!!
I heard her beautiful voice when she sang on her show "Living Single" and just got this CD, WOW!It is just so beautiful I had to come to Amazon to buy extras for birthday presents!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I knew the Queen was Into music but WOW!
I could listen to this cd over and over again. I love that I can relaxe and sing along. Queens voice is wonderful and so comforting. I am so impressed. I love jazz. I hope she does more

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleeez! This album is excellent.
Anytime you can put a cd in and play it start to finish without all the blatant sexuality, I would say is excellent.My favorite is simply beautiful and baby get lost.If you don't know any thing about jazz I guess you wouldn't like this album but her covers are well done!!!She doesn't have to be vulgar to show she can sing and is she sexy. Hopefully, she will put out another album that will be just as good. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Contemporary R&B    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Pop-Rap    6. R&B    7. Rap    8. Torch Songs    9. Vocal Jazz   


3. Paul's Boutique
by Capitol
Audio CD (19 July, 1989)
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Asin: B000002UUN
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A genre-changing album
With 192 reviews so far I'm not sure I'll sway the ratings much, but when this album came out, way back in 1989, it truly transformed rap. No album before it came anywhere close to the density and variety of sampling used on Paul's Boutique. The recurring theme of resurrection, unbelievable rhymes and cultural references (some pop, some not) and an unbelievable tapestry woven out of nearly every song that had ever come before it. Definitely on my short list for best album of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2nd best record by NYC's own
I had this record on vinyl originally and ended up losing it to one of my friends. So i got it on CD just the other day (after having a burned copy) and it still sounds amazing. They'll never make another record like this ever again. Many consider this their best, but CHECK YOUR HEAD is my personal fav. Don't let this pass you by. If you don't own this already, buy it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well I'm Mike D and I'm Back from the Dead
I have a dirty little secret I must confess, I just recently got Paul's Boutique.As someone who has been called a music snob, you'd think I would have gotten back in '89 and look down on everyone who overlooked what is widely considered not only the best Beastie Boys album, but the best rap album ever made, but much like the rest of America at the beginning of the 90's, I was expecting License to Ill 2 and could quite understand the direction they were going in.
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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Golden Age    4. Hip-Hop    5. Pop    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. Rock/Pop    9. United States of America   


4. The Best Of The Moments: Love On A Two-Way Street
by Rhino / Wea
Audio CD (16 July, 1996)
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Asin: B0000033S1
Sales Rank: 3792
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I Finally find "With You"!

4-0 out of 5 stars Strictly Old School
There are approximately four songs, that were released during my high school years. " Love On A Two-Way Street", is the song that triggers the memories, of a time in my life, when songs of love, especially young love, meant something! Raymond Oakley-St. Louis, Mo.
5-0 out of 5 stars Simply One of the Best
FINALLY! All of the major hits of the Moments on one CD.Thank you, thank you, thank you!These guys are my 6th favorite all-time group (behind Blue Majic, The Delfonics, The Five Stairsteps, Esquires, and The Temprees).Everything they made "back in the day" on 45's seemed to be a "hit"!Til this day the only music I play in my SUV and at home it old school
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Subjects:  1. Oldies    2. Pop    3. Pop-Soul    4. R&B    5. Soul    6. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues   


5. Straight Outta Compton
by Priority Records
Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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Asin: B00006JJ51
Sales Rank: 1395
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of gangsta rap
This cd was the definition of gansta rap (drug dealin, shooting, dealing with cops etc...). Every mc probaly had this cd when they were growing up and still have it to this day. Flat out, "straight outta compton" is a gangsta classic and the sound is raw and uncut. Definately a must have for rap fans.
5-0 out of 5 stars This one's for mike "michael"
Who the hell is this mike "michael" clown. Has anyone read all these guys reviews, he is a 16 year old who is obviously still getting breast fed!! Oh my god, people don't want to know what undewear you wear you moron. Hey I think you should stop listening to your mum because your mum is quite obviously an idiot. "All music is evil except for country" what a load of s***. Music isn't evil, your mum is wack. Why the hell would your mum only let you wear one type of underwear, tell you girls are bad and say music is evil? Well i'll have to thank you because I was in need of a good laugh today and your wack reviews certainly provided that for me. Anyone else want a good laugh? Just read this guys reviews.
5-0 out of 5 stars N.W.A: Masters of the gangsta genre
I ahve always enjoyed albums which offered up such a fantastic start and used that momentum to keep the listener's attention to the end. "Straight Outta Compton" is one such album which I throughly enjoy due to that fact.
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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap    3. Rap & Hip-Hop    4. Soul / R & B   


6. All World: Greatest Hits
by Def Jam
Audio CD (05 November, 1996)
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Asin: B0000024LZ
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The very epitome of "been there, done that," LL Cool J also has the distinction of having originated (or, at least, being the most proficient at) half a dozen rap styles. On the hits collection Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pop J meets Cool J
What up people, it's LL Pop J speaking. Now you may guess: Who inspired me to this name, eh?! Right: The one and only, the grandmaster of rap business, THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME: JAMES TODD SMITH, LL COOL J!!! This CD includes his most succesful titles, from "I can't live without my radio" over "I need love" until "Hey lover". Here you can have a general impression of the meaning of HipHop, what a 17-year-old guy is able to do...

3-0 out of 5 stars Fans can never be objective...
From the OBJECTIVE reviewer...a pioneer still going strong packs a couple of great moments, but there are still some tunes that sound dated and not in the classic sense of the word.

4-0 out of 5 stars For all hip hop fans!
If only "Phenomenon" would've been included in this great list of songs! That's the one that's missing here to completely make this the perfect CD. LL COOL J is definitely in a league of his own. He can't be compared to anyone else even though he is a rapper and he's in a lot of company and his sound is unique.
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Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Pop-Rap    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop   


7. Check Your Head
by Capitol
Audio CD (21 April, 1992)
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Asin: B000002V1I
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With their third album, the Beasties transformed themselves from smart-ass punks with a hip-hop jones into a playful live funk band with some solid rhymes, assisted by the extraordinary keyboardist Mark Ramos Nishita. A couple of tracks look back to their old school rap roots, and they still deploy goofy samples like nobody's business, but they're mostly making their own grooves (including some instrumentals worthy of being sampled in their own right). Their universalist world-view results in some excellent, off-the-wall fusions--the metalloid bump that forms the funk pulse of "So What'cha Want," Sly Stone's "Time for Livin'" transformed into a hard-rock bomber--but they don't have to prove how clever they are any more, and they're stronger and more humane for it. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You have got to be kidding me
Simply unreal.What happened to the B Boys?The time they took between Paul's Boutique and this album was very well spent. This album exudes creativity and originality.It's funky, it's sharp, it's just plain fun.Boatloads of fun.The instrumentals are a real treat, but Pass The Mic, So What'cha Want, Lighten Up, and Jimmy James are the best tunes.Seriously, folks, one of the best 5 hip hop albums ever. 14 years later I still listen to it monthly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thee BEST
To begin, this record has more intensity than any other Beasties disc. Songs like the aforementioned "So What'cha Want", "Pass the mic" and "Finger Lickin' Good" compliment the more laid numbers like "Pow" and tracks like "Gratitude" and the opener "Jimmy James". No joke, these guys were sent to kill, and all we can do is watch.

5-0 out of 5 stars keep checking it til you die!!!
whoever is selling their copy of this cd/album has lost their youth, and possibly their mind!! the album blends jazz, rock, punk, alt-rock, hip-hop and various other astral elements into a perfect puzzle. i heard this for the first time when i was 12, and it turned me inside out. classic. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Popular Music    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. Rock/Pop    9. United States of America   


8. Ill Communication
by Capitol
Audio CD (31 May, 1994)
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Asin: B000002TP7
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SHOOT TO THRILL
Arguably their greatest album ever.It's has so many different musical styles it's unbelieveble.Many consider Check Your Head a better effort but this is as good as they ever got.This album gets my personal vote for best album of 1994.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best records
you have great jazz work,lyrical work,and good hardcore tracks what else could you want?If your new to this then pick this up.

5-0 out of 5 stars "What do we know about partying or anything else??!"
I know what you're thinking. "Eggplant giving a hip-hop album not only higher than one star, but FIVE?!?" People, people. This is not just a hip-hop album. "Ill Communication" offers not only GOOD hip-hop, but funk, punk, rock, jazz, fusion, et cetera, in one fresh-sounding album that's always good to listen to. This just might be my favorite Beastie Boys album (and I have all but "To The Five Boroughs").
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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Hardcore Punk    4. Hip-Hop    5. Pop    6. Popular Music    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. Rock/Pop   


9. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
by Def Jam
Audio CD (02 May, 1995)
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Asin: B0000024K3
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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After he gained legendary status rapping on Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di," it was only a matter of time before the world would clutch British-born Ricky Walters to its heart. Rick had already fancied himself a rabid storyteller (and a mighty good one) on Fresh's track "The Show," and Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars And this is the message from the Ruler Rick crew
This Cd is a classic. To this day (as was the case at a cousin's wedding reception recently in Charlotte, NC), the likes of "Children's Story" and "The Moment I Feared" can still pack dance floors nearly 20 years later.
5-0 out of 5 stars Knock 'Em Out The Box, Rick{5 Stars}
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.Hmmm....where do I begin?I copped this when I was 11 years old and it still gets regular rotation in my car some 18 years later.Lyrically, Rick was one of the best of his era.Vivid stories, slick delivery, versatility, and liquid flows -- Rick had everything you could want in a rapper.Production is handled by Jam Master Jay, The Bomb Squad (Hank Shocklee and Eric Sadler), and The Ruler himself.Tracks like "Teenage Love", "The Moment I Feared", "The Ruler's Back", and "Teacher Teacher" are all great.Toss in timeless jams like "Mona Lisa", "Hey Young World", and "Children's Story" and you have a certified classic on your hands.Not many albums out of '88 come close to this one.
5-0 out of 5 stars Slick Rick is the Dr. Seuss of Hip-Hop.
I love this album. As a kid I would listen to this constantly between the summer of 88' and 89 going to and from Coney Island with my sister and my cousins. Slick Rick has been one of my favorite hip-hop artists. His debut album is an perfect example of the genre's finest old school sound. He is so original that you can recognize his style instantly from the rest and why he is "The Ruler."His English accent is extremely original and his flows coincides his accent perfectly. Slick Rick has earned the title "Father of story-telling Hip Hop," for a reason.
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Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Hip-Hop    5. Pop    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop   


10. Hello Nasty
by Capitol
Audio CD (14 July, 1998)
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Asin: B000007TE8
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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It's been a dozen years since the Beastie Boys broke, and on Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great
i found out about the beastie boys after buying their solid gold hits cd, and i loved intergalactic and body movin, so i got this. this is great too, but my only complaint is the instrumental tracks. what is their point? other than that this is a great cd.

2-0 out of 5 stars I used to have this
I left this cd under the seat of my car for like 3 years, during which time, it had popped out of the crappy case and got all scratched up.When I finally cleaned out my car, I threw the cd away.

5-0 out of 5 stars a different sound
I like how the beasite boys experiment with their sound and they definitley do that on this one,it's a must own. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. Rock/Pop    7. Underground Rap   


11. The Best Of SugarHill Gang: Rapper's Delight
by Rhino / Wea
Audio CD (16 July, 1996)
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Asin: B0000033K4
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's not quite the first rap record, or the best, but Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic
I applaud the person who put Super Pimp in his place.For that prick to have the audacity to disrespect them shows great ignorance on his part in the culture of Hip Hop.The Sugarhill Gang, along with the hip hop Holy Trinity (DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa) are the embodiment of Hip Hop.
4-0 out of 5 stars Jump On This!!
Even without the classic Rappers Delight, I would have bought this this CD for Apache and 8th Wonder alone.Brings you back to a place and time when Hip-Hop was about the FUN instead of the GUN.To the misguided reviewer below "Super Pimp" - I for one DO get the point that you were just joking in order to get people upset. The only other alternative is that you really are as ridiculous as you sound.Peace 2 U 2.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great
Sugarhill Gang's biggest hits are collected on this single-disc compilation. In addition to "Rapper's Delight" -- the first rap single to reach the pop Top Ten -- the group's seven other R&B hits are included on the disc, plus three other singles that never made the charts. All of the songs are presented in their original 12" versions. Not all of the material is first-rate -- in retrospective, the group's old-school groove tended to be a little simplistic, monotonous, and too polished, while their rhymes were frequently stilted and sometimes just outright silly -- but this music, especially "Rapper's Delight," is important historically. Most casual fans of old-school hip-hop will be content with purchasing "Rapper's Delight" on a various artists collection, but for those wanting to dig deeper into the trio's history, The Best of Sugarhill Gang is a defintive retrospective. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Electro    2. Hip-Hop    3. Old-School Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop   


12. Living Out Loud: Original Soundtrack Recording
by RCA Victor
Audio CD (10 November, 1998)
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Asin: B00000FCBB
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The burning question for this soundtrack is, Can rapper Queen Latifah handle the vocal demands a Pearl Bailey-ish character singing standards by Billy Strayhorn, Irving Gordon, and Randazzo & Weinstein? The answer is yes. Her rendering of Strayhorn's "Lush Life" is particularly pleasant, and is produced and arranged beautifully by Mervyn Warren, who did most of the work on the album. Danny DeVito takes a stab at the Gershwins' "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and delivers it adequately, with a touch of charm. The disc also includes originals by Sly & the Family Stone, Dean Martin, and Mel Tormé. The only drawback is the slightly Muzak-like smooth-jazz score by George Fenton, presented in snippets at the end. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Yes 5 stars
If you like jazz and easy listening this album is for you.And who really blew me away was Queen Latifa.I had no idea she could sing like that.She should be doing more jazz songs, she has such a pure voice.I play this over and over in my car I can't get enough. She's up there with Lena Horne in my book.Also, Danny DeVito sings on this, too, he is not a singer but it works!Enjoy!

3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocrity at it's Best....
It's beyond me how people can give this cd 4 and 5 stars and not mention the great Etta James, Mel Torme, or Dean Martin in favor of the greatest mediocricy since oleo became margarine:Queen Latifah.If it weren't for the aforementioned superstars and Brownstone, this cd would be as exciting to listen to as watching paint dry.I know Latifah is all popular and things, but has musical taste gone out the window??She is NO Pearl Bailey and that comparison is growing thinner than Oprah!Latifah's singing at best is on the high end of karaoke.Now, I really like to see the Queen acting it up all over the screen, she does have talent.And I'm not hating, but there's no way in heck the Queens vocals help this cd along.Sure, the songs here are better than her solo effort of jazz standards, but they do not stand out by any stretch of the imagination.Oy!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Queen Latifah as Liz Bailey I think didn't get as much play as it should have. "Lush Life" is magnificent and it has everything to do with the confidence and also vulnerability her voice displays. Brownstone's "If You Love Me" was played at the most magical scene in the film. Judith taking that ecstacy hit and then dancing in unison in that sensual Sapphic dance put you at "The Confessional". One of the greatest scenes in cinema. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop/Rock    3. Soundtrack    4. Soundtracks & Film Scores    5. Vocal Pop   


13. Solid Gold Hits
by Capitol
Audio CD (08 November, 2005)
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Asin: B000BGR0SS
Sales Rank: 4295
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars When Rap Was Cool
If you're a Beastie Boys Fanatic, you will love this.It's got the best of the best.Who can't listen to "Hey Ladies" and "Intergalactic" over and over again?A great compilation for a road trip or your next retro party.

5-0 out of 5 stars great introduction to beastie boys
if you are new to the beastie boys (like me) this is a great first album to get. it has all their best song and no filler. heres a song by song breakdown.
4-0 out of 5 stars The best of the beasties!
So the original party hard, drunken b-boys are back with their greatest hits package! This album has it all and then some. If you are a beasties fan then you had better check this out. It gives you all the required tunes from all their albums and a few cuts that you may or may not like. They received mixed reviews of their last album "To the 5 Burroughs" but they include a few cuts off that joint as well. The most impressive feature of this album is the sequencing. If these three kids can sequence an MPC without fail, why couldn't they sequence their greatest hits package just as well? They open with the classic "So whatcha want?" (1) and close with the unforgettable "Fight for Your Right (15)." In between you find them partying, dancing, and speaking to the city that birthed em (and this culture we live called hip hop). If you know the beasties and know what they are all about then you must pick this up and enjoy the fun of their carrer. If you don't know them, here is your chance to realize that they are some of the best to ever do it. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Old-School Rap    5. Pop    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. Rock/Pop    8. United States of America   


14. The In Sound from Way Out!
by Capitol
Audio CD (02 April, 1996)
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Asin: B000002TXM
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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American bands have never gotten in the habit of their British counterparts, who tend to release lots of extended singles filled out with not-meant-for-prime-time experimentations. If the Beasties had gotten into that habit, this would be their B-side compendium: a dozen instrumental tracks showing off their groovier side, complete with plenty of wah peddle on the guitar and prominence given to frequent Beastie collaborators "Money" Mark Nishita (keyboards) and Eric Bobo (percussion). It's tough to believe that the same band is responsible for this and the Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You will not believe its The Beastie's.
You will not believe its The Beastie Boys, killer if you like pseudo-jazz / funk stuff, with no lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impossible to find
Ive asked for this item everywhere and only amazon had it. its great.
5-0 out of 5 stars if you like the beastie's jazz stuff...
if you like the beastie's jazz stuff then you will most likely enjoy this because it's all their jazz work. ... Read more

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15. Paid in Full
by Island
Audio CD (26 April, 2005)
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Asin: B0008KLVVO
Sales Rank: 4985
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars (Rating: 10 out of 10) So This Is What People Were Bumping Back In Eighty-Six
"My favourite rappers used to say 'check-check out My Melody'" -50 Cent from The Game's "Hate It Or Love It" (sorry for quoting him on this review).
5-0 out of 5 stars This guy fathered the whole hiphop game after 1987 and beyond
This is one and only truly classic album by Eric B and Rakim that stands the test of time. Impeccable rhyming at its finest. Rakim's delivery was just unbelievable back in 86. No one had rapped like that up to that point. The music by Run DMC, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys was loud and rock influenced. Eric B's deep (Dennis Edwards) baseline on the song Paid in Full was a changing of guard. Ra's slowed down flow was next level. Fav's are the entire album. Nuff Said.

5-0 out of 5 stars So good you won't believe it...
This is one of the best hip hop CDs that I own. Eric B. & Rakim are one of the best DJ/MC duos of all time and this CD shows why. It starts off with the unbelievable "I Ain't No Joke", and from start to finish, it is unbelievable. For starters, on every track that Rakim raps on, he kills it. He is one of the best (if not the best)lyricists of all time. He showcases lyrics that not only have incredibly complex rhyme schemes, but also make sense to whatever he's saying (meaning he doesn't throw in words just to sound good, he does it because it fits with what he is saying. His flow is very hard to match on this CD. He has such a great flow that it all sounds natural to him, and it sounds so perfect when he says it. Now for te beats. Eric B. was on the top of his game on this CD. The three instumental tracks on the CD are all great, as Eric B. is one of the best to ever be on the turntables. He laces every beat so well and it compliments Rakim perfectly on every single track he raps on. Oh, and on the track "I Know You Got Soul", Eric B. becomes the first to sample another song when he samples James Brown. So we have a great and highly influential DJ, and a MC who made a lot of innovations to lyrics. It just makes me sad that rappers like Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, and others can say that Rakim is highly influential and important to them, and then make pathetic songs that are a disgrace to his legacy (not to mention how Lil Wayne now calls himself "The Greatest Rapper Alive" what a joke!). But anyways, this is a truly great album, and if you love old school hip hop, or just want a change of pace from the MTV hip hop that is polluting the airwaves, then check this out. Whether you are trying to start a collection, or making an addition to your music library, you cannot go wrong with this CD. Plus, it is $7.99, when Lil Wayne CDs are a lot more expensive, better music at a nice low price. ... Read more

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16. Strictly Business
by Priority Records
Audio CD (01 July, 1991)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars 20 years later
this is one of those albums I could review in hundreds of thousands of words because I like it that much. but no matter how much I type, you still won't be able to experience this kind of music unless you listen to it for yourself.
5-0 out of 5 stars Defintion of a classic
"What more can I Say, I wouldnt be here today if the old school didnt pave the way". Damn Straight
5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Listen....
Simply...Strictly Business is not a joke. This album is sick and the samples are just awesome. EPMD was so different from the rest of the hip-hop community back in the day. Erick and Parrish sampled Eric Clapton's version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" on "Strictly Business", Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" on "I'm Housin'", The JB's "(It's not the express) It's the JB's monaurail" for "Let The Funk Flow" and of course, Zapp's "More Bounce to Ounce" and Kool and Gang's "Jungle Boogie for the killer "You Gots to Chill" and the results were brilliant. If you're even remotely interested in the art of sampling go pick this up now! As well as the Beastie Boys "Paul Boutique." These two albums are the pinnacles of sampling before the politics....Classic all the way. ... Read more

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17. As Nasty as They Wanna Be
by Little Joe Records
Audio CD (10 June, 1996)
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Sales Rank: 23076
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars A classic?
This just furthers my argument even more. Just because an album is more than 10 years old by a "legendary" group doesn'tmean that it's good or even a classic. This is classh** at its finest. I actually owned this album at one point when I was young and stupid. But i wasn't that stupid cause I got rid of it quick. You mean to tell me this album is derived from true creativity from ones heart. Lyrics that mean somethin. Thats what hip hop is all about and this is not a hip hop album. There is nothin creative about this album at all. Its a dance album for freaks. Now if you lookin at this from that point of view, then I guess this is a 5 star album. But for someone to call this a hip hop classic you have no idea what a hip hop classic is. You just don't. Damn can the state of hip hop be so f***ed up when anything by 2 LIve Crew can be considered worth owning, let alone being called a classic? If you give this 5 stars,then trash garbage rappers the likes of Chingy, Nelly, Trina, Khia, Camron, DFB, D4L. then your the biggest hypocrite typing reviews on amazon. 2 Live Crew in my opinion, lyrically is in the top 5 of the worst rappers in history. And they are just as one dimensional as your most hated rapper. If you don't believe me just scope out ALL their album covers and song titles. And ask yourself can you really call these bums artist. Seriously I cant get it through my head why somebody over the age of 18 would actually by this s***. I just cant.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth much anymore
This may have been fun to listen to...16 years ago. A lot of the music from back then has aged into some of the best music of all time. This has not. This CD is just not that good to be honest with you. It is very immature (which is not a bad thing), but you can tell, like the reviewer below me has said, that they lived off of controversy and not true talent. If you want some real rap, or just good music in general, I think that you should look elsewhere.

1-0 out of 5 stars pure trash
I have to say, this CD is pretty bad. The songs on it are just pointless chants and words that should never have been said. I am not a fan of censorship, so i do not think that this should be censored, but it is everyones own choice to buy this or not, and trust me, this rap group only lives off the controversy, not talent, so don't buy it. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Bass Music    2. Dirty Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Party Rap    5. Pop    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. Southern Rap   


18. Message From Beat Street: Best Of
by Rhino / Wea
Audio CD (19 April, 1994)
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Asin: B00000338D
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Is there a rap fan out there who didn't like "The Message"? It took rap in an entirely new direction: while others were content to ride the "Double Dutch Bus" down to the disco, the Furious Five spoke out about social decay. The chorus of "The Message" ("Don't push me, 'cause I'm close to the edge / I'm trying not to lose my head / Sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under") describes the effect of Reaganomics in ways that Dan Rather never could. Of course, Grandmaster Flash and company weren't against partying. In fact, they cut some of the best party tracks in the genre's history ("Freedom," "The Birthday Party"), along with some battle raps ("Step Off," "Showdown") to complete the package. Copyright restrictions probably kept the beat-edit classic "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" off the track listing. Still, one glaring omission isn't reason enough not to pick this up. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of an Era
If you consider yourself a hip-hip fan (espically if you listen to most of todays garbage pop fake hip-hop, this is a must that you have this in your collection. Grandmaster Flash was one of the pioneers of hip-hop and even though this collection of songs was taken from the early 80's, it still holds up with its rawness. Its a shame that hip-hop has reachedwhat it is today and the just arent enough hip-hop artist that do it just for the love of the music. Its a cruel world today in the music bizz, as most of the hip-hop artist of today are creations of some billion dollar record company and signs them to be the next MTV music hit. If you want raw, no nonsense hip-hop from the early days before artist cared about being #1 on TRL, this is a great place to start. ENJOY

5-0 out of 5 stars Grandmaster cuts faster
Extraordinary music. Listen to what DJ GM Flash puts together: the grooves are so carefully fashioned and leap out at you time and again. In particular I've never heard a funkier slap bass sound - ever.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential 'Best Of' Collection
Like many of you, I've only heard "The Message" prior to purchasing this incredible 'best of' collection. As you probably know, Grandmaster Flash and company were recording the most popular rap songs in the early 80s. Most of these songs are stunningly wild and fun party jams. But in 1982, they released "The Message", which is considered to be the first rap song to be pushed from a novelty party jam, to a chilling prophecy, featuring effective social commentary. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five built a rock solid bridge for Run-D.M.C. to step in, and push their "Message" even further, which eventually brought the hardcore edge to hip-hop. Whether you know it or now, their presence is still felt to this day, since hip-hop hasn't made that drastic of a leap since Run-D.M.C. (that's quite debatable). It also helped that the production was flawlessly perfect. It featured dub, electro, and R&B that was sure to hook nearly every listener of urban radio.
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19. To The 5 Boroughs
by Capitol
Audio CD (15 June, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The hiatus is back off, again, for the Beastie Boys, and music lovers will bob their heads with insuppressible glee. With its Nice & Smooth impersonations and shout outs to Brooklyn's Albee Square Mall, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars underappreciated.....
To The Five Burroughs caught alot of heat when it first came out, but in time it'll get its proper due IMO. I was old enough to remember the negative reaction Paul's Boutique initially got, and I guess some of us had the last laugh on that one...soon enough people will say the same thing about TT5B. It just oozes a classic early 80's hip-hop vibe (both musically & lyrically), and like Paul's Boutique, it's an all-out rap album with enough smart-alecky rhymes about sucka MCs to keep you in stitches. I never understood the hatred, 'cuz to me it sounds like just another solid Beastie Boys record. If you're dismissing it entirely due to the anti-Dubya sentiments, sheesh....that's like, two out of fifteen tracks? Lighten up, Francis. Maybe in 2014 everyone else will come around....

1-0 out of 5 stars what the heck happened?
Every Beastie Boys CD earned my approval until this piece of trash came along. I expected to love it, but in reality I rather hated it. The main problem is the lyrics, which suddenly are unbelievably terrible. Their lingo on here sounds like things a sixth grader would come up with. They took a huge turn for the worse here, and it's quite obvious why the Beastie Boys ended their career after this album came out. The only good track is "Triple Trouble". "Ch-Check It Out" has no reason to be a hit because it's so awful.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Longtime Fan
Some of us have been through years where the Beastie Boys were always playing in at least one of the tape decks in our dual tape players (that's cassette tapes, in case you are too young to know).Anyway, I was hoping for another album that would stay (now in my 5-disc changer) for at least a full year without my having to swap it out.Unfortunately, this is not what I got in this album.While there are tracks on this album that capture the energy and passion of the Beastie Boys of old, too much of this record feels like preaching. Although I agree with much of what they have to say, they now do so in such a politically over-hyped fashion that it detracts from their music.
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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. Rock/Pop    7. Underground Rap   


20. Yo! Bum Rush the Show
by Def Jam
Audio CD (02 May, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars If you're expecting the usual Public Enemy, you'll be surprised
This is a really strong album, although there are a few misses, and that's understandable, since this is P.E.'s first album.It does sound like the Public Enemy that would become world famous hip-hop icons on a few tracks, but for the most part this album sounds like a transition from old school rap to Public Enemy's own sound as heard on albums two through whatever they're on now.You can hear it in the way Chuck D raps- he sounds like himself, but with an almost Run DMC timing.It's still great, but not indespensible like It Takes a Nation of Millions or Fear of a Black Planet.I'd suggest buying this album, but either get a good deal on it, or get it after you've gotten better Public Enemy albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy
This was always one of my favorite albums/tapes & I wanted the CD.IT is in great condition.Thanks so much

5-0 out of 5 stars If you don't know; you better ask somebody
In the 80's, I never missed a Public Enemy concert.You can't be a true hip-hop master unless you know where it began.Public Enemy's music had a message.Nearly all rap in the 80's had a message, unlike todays music.This is an outstanding CD!!Do not hesitate one second; buy this CD right now!!It is worth it!!!! ... Read more

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