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The Showdown: The Sugarhill Gang Vs. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
The Showdown: The Sugarhill Gang Vs. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
 
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With the exception of one new track--the cynically titled "One for the $," by the Sugarhill Gang and Melle Mel--and some commentary by Ice-T and Public Enemy's Chuck D, there's nothing on The Showdown that can't be found o...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Title: The Showdown: The Sugarhill Gang Vs. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 2/2/1999
Release Date: 2/2/1999
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Styles: Electronica, East Coast, Old School, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227562427, 081227562465

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With the exception of one new track--the cynically titled "One for the $," by the Sugarhill Gang and Melle Mel--and some commentary by Ice-T and Public Enemy's Chuck D, there's nothing on The Showdown that can't be found on other collections. The Showdown also skips some important classics--"The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" and Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five's "Beat Street" among them. Those quibbles aside, this collection does achieve its goals: by showcasing the Sugarhill Gang--who emphasized the party groove from which rap came--and the extended Grandmaster Flash family--who saw themselves as social messengers (pun intended)--side by side, the album brings to light the pair's differences and groundbreaking creativity. Looking back on them decades after the fact with ears accustomed to production gymnastics, we can occasionally--and criminally--miss this.(For a more complete look at the two pioneers of rap and how they fit in with their contemporaries, check out The Sugar Hill Records Story.) --Randy Silver

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