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Rap's Greatest Hits [Priority, 1986]
It sure ain't "the biggest sellers of all time!" because there ain't no Sugarhill on it. But if you appreciate rap as among other things a novelty music, you'll love these titles: "The Show," "Rumors," "Roxanne, Roxanne," "Pee-Wee's Dance," "Friends," "A Fly Girl." Furthermore, not a single one is on an album worthy of the name, and were I not a tasteless fool I could add "Fat Boys" to the list. So buy "King of Rock" twice. Give them "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rockmaster Scott & the Dynamic Three, which I never heard of either. This is that greatest of rap rarities, a bargain. A-