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Def Jam 25: DJ Bring That Back

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11/23/2009

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Available six months prior to the two-CD version as a quadruple vinyl set -- evidently the label still takes "Servicing DJs since 1984" seriously -- Def Jam 25: Bring That Beat Back is designed like a sampler, not a definitive overview of hip-hop's greatest label. At least five more volumes of this size, if well-chosen, would be as strong as this. Just over half the tracks overlap with the five-disc 25th Anniversary box, released the same year, so it is not quite complementary to the mother ship release of the label's 2009 celebration, but it should be useful to relatively casual followers of rap and R&B who need to plug some gaps in their collections. Running in (mostly) reverse chronological order, it does not play favorites with any one faction or era of the label's existence; the contrasting presence of Oran "Juice" Jones and Rihanna, Public Enemy and Rick Ross, and Ashanti and Boss says plenty about the range of the back catalog. With its otherwise generalist approach, the compilation's inclusion of three LL Cool J songs ("I Need a Beat," "I Need Love," and "I Can't Live Without My Radio"), at the expense of unrepresented Def Jam artists like EPMD, Warren G, Scarface, and Ghostface Killah, is its biggest flaw. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Disturbia Rihanna 3:55
  3. 2 I Luv Your Girl The Dream 4:27
  4. 3 Hustlin' Rick Ross 4:13
  5. 4 Go Crazy Young Jeezy 3:18
  6. 5 Jesus Walks Kanye West 3:17
  7. 6 Splash Waterfalls Ludacris 4:50
  8. 7 Foolish Ashanti 3:46
  9. 8 Put It on Me Ja Rule 4:21
  10. 9 Just Friends (Sunny) 4:8
  11. 10 What's My Name DMX 3:52
  12. 11 Money Ain't a Thang Jay Z 4:12
  13. 12 Big Bad Mama Foxy Brown 3:50
  14. 1 Whateva Man Redman 3:7
  15. 2 This Is How We Do it Montell Jordan 3:52
  16. 3 Bring the Pain Method Man 3:7
  17. 4 Slam Onyx 3:38
  18. 5 Deeper Boss 3:58
  19. 6 Hip Hop Junkies Nice & Smooth 3:24
  20. 7 911 Is a Joke Public Enemy 3:16
  21. 8 Pop Goes the Weasel 3rd Bass 3:52
  22. 9 Children's Story Slick Rick 3:58
  23. 10 I Need Love LL Cool J 5:21
  24. 11 The Rain Oran "Juice" Jones 5:6
  25. 12 I Can't Live Without My Radio LL Cool J 5:20
  26. 13 I Need a Beat LL Cool J 5:4

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