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Various Artists - Millennium Hip-Hop Party

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One of Rhino's main gifts as a record label is that they know a good gimmick when they see it, and there's no better gimmick than the millennium. Hence, their series of Millennium Party albums. None of the Millennium discs demonstrate much imagination, but they do make a good argument that sometimes it's better to stick to the basics. For instance, Millennium Hip-Hop Party contains 18 tracks, most of them hits from the Bush era, but also a couple of earlier singles ("White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)," "Walk This Way," "Parents Just Don't Understand") and latter-day G-funk ("What's My Name," "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang"). There are no surprises among these 18 songs, but when the core of the album features some of the best crossover rap ever made -- "Funky Cold Medina," "The Humpty Dance," "Bust a Move," "It Takes Two," "U Can't Touch This," "Around the Way Girl," "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," "Tennessee," "Now That We Found Love," "Good Vibrations," "Baby Got Back," "Jump Around," "Hip Hop Hooray" -- there really aren't any complaints to be made. In fact, there are few collections that offer a better primer of big hip-hop hits than this, and it's not a bad addition to any rap collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) - Grandmaster Flash / Grandmaster Melle Mel / Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel (04:29)
2) Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. (03:39)
3) Funky Cold Medina - Tone-Loc (04:11)
4) The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground (04:39)
5) Bust a Move - Young MC (04:24)
6) It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (04:58)
7) U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer (04:16)
8) Parents Just Don't Understand - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (05:10)
9) Around the Way Girl - LL Cool J (04:04)
10) Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - P.M. Dawn (03:57)
11) Tennessee - Arrested Development (04:33)
12) Now That We Found Love - Heavy D & the Boyz (04:16)
13) Good Vibrations - Loleatta Holloway / Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (04:30)
14) Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot (04:21)
15) Jump Around - House of Pain (03:35)
16) Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty by Nature (04:24)
17) Who Am I (What's My Name)? - Snoop Dogg (04:14)
18) Nuthin' But a "G" Thang - Dr. Dre / Snoop Dogg (03:55)

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