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Yo! MTV Raps: The Album [Jive, 1989]
For dilettantes and LP abusers, especially those open-minded enough to consider the Fresh Prince a Harold Teen for our times, a pop companion piece to Profile's fourth Mr. Magic comp. Only "Wild Wild West" and the inexhaustible "It Takes Two" are on both, and in many other cases--Stetsasonic's "Talkin' All That Jazz," Boogie Down's "My Philosophy," Salt-n-Pepa's "Shake Your Thang," Ice-T's "High Rollers"--MTV's notorious crossover lifts great tracks off good albums. This is not what I call homogenization. A-