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Mr. Magic's Rap Attack, Vol. 4 [Profile, 1988]
For the first time since the series began, he corrals the most undeniable singles of the year--"It Takes Two," "Don't Believe the Hype," "Strictly Business," "Push It," "Wild Wild West." Only the Cold Chillin' posse, led by his sometime mixer Marley Marl, declined the honor. Except for "It Takes Two," every aforementioned title is on an album worthy of the name, but those who are still resisting the only collectively vital American subgenre will find this compilation educational. Even the filler's high grade. A-