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Rawkus Records: Best of Decade I, 1995-2005 (Explicit Version)


Download links and information about Rawkus Records: Best of Decade I, 1995-2005 (Explicit Version). This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Rap genres. It contains 15 tracks with total duration of 01:00:50 minutes.

Release date: 2005
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Rap
Tracks: 15
Duration: 01:00:50
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No. Title Length
1. Get By (Explicit) (Talib Kweli) 3:47
2. Ms. Fat Booty (Mos Def) 4:04
3. Respiration (Blackstar) 5:46
4. The Life (Pharoahe Monch, Styles P, The Styles) 3:40
5. Oh No (Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def) 3:43
6. The Blast (Talib Kweli) 3:44
7. Definition (Explicit) (Blackstar) 3:26
8. Beef (Mos Def) 2:13
9. Flamboyant (Explicit) (Big L) 3:06
10. Universal Magnetic (Mos Def) 4:24
11. UMI Says (Explicit) (Mos Def) 5:04
12. 1999 (Common) 4:16
13. The Sun God (Explicit) (Hi Tek) 4:33
14. Body Rock (Dirty Version) (Mos Def) 5:11
15. B-Boy Document '99 (Explicit) (High & Mighty) 3:53



Back in the middle and late '90s, independent hip-hop was bigger than ever—and New York's Rawkus Records was arguably the best and most influential label in the mix. An incubation tank for soon-to-be crossover stars like Mos Def and Talib Kweli (then known as Black Star)—as well as Company Flow, Hi-Tek, and even a young Eminem—the label put out countless classic 12-inches, albums, and beloved compilations like Soundbombing and Lyricist Lounge. After the millennium, Rawkus was absorbed by MCA and then Geffen, which tried to relaunch the brand. But Rawkus was really never the same. This compilation culls from the label's glory days, including many of its biggest hits. (Mos Def is featured on more than half of them.) Though many crucial tracks are nowhere to be found, this is a good place to start if you're a newer fan of the Mighty Mos and searching out his early work. Other highlights come from the late, great Big L ("Flamboyant"), Styles & Pharoahe Monch ("My Life"), and Common ("1999").