THE SUBSTITUTE SNDTRK (Various artists)

Priority Records

I dont know man, to me there's no winning formula. It looks like rap just gets stuck on sndtrks cuz they know its popular and will hopefully generate sales. "Hoo bangin" by Mack 10 had me open, even tho I'm not a big fan of gangsta style... Skipped thru a few tracks, nuthin interesting then BANG CUT #4 opens with these harp strings that introduce you to Ras Kass via his "Miami life" aah yeah! Complex flow, uncommon vocab, dope punchlines, what more could you ask for. Sound is moulded by Flip, a brotha who did work on Hammers albums, you'd never guess. That was slammin. But the fun doesnt stop here cuz next up is Organised Konfusion with "Bring it on"... Ooooh sh*t the Buckwild remix, previously only available on bootleg vinyl. Of course it's solid. Those three cuts alone justify the sndtrk. Go out and get it!

PASS THE MIC/THE POSSE ALBUM (Various artists)

Priority Records

As the title suggests this is a collection of posse tracks. You really can't go wrong with this if you're into the classic collaborations. What we get is De La's "Buddy", King T with the Liks, the whole juice crew on "The symphony" and the trump card is the FAB5 collective (Heltah Skeltah and OGC) doing "Leflaur part 2", a hard to find track. More than welcome in your crates.

OLDSKOOL CLASSICS VOL 1 & 2 (Various artists)

Priority Records

With more and morekids getting intu rap thru the 6pacs and Notorious Pigs with their million dollar videos, the pioneering artists are often forgotten. So pop that crystal or Moet and sit your ass down to a fat little hip hop history lesson. Tracks include: Audio 2s' "Top billin", Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh show us how they like to party with the original "Ladi Dadi", keep in mind this came out way before Snoop's version, so you know whose bittin who. Others featured are Eric B & Rakim, Gangstarr, EPMD and so on. To catch upp on your history buy both volumes and yes you will give props to the oldskool.