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Hip-hop heroes score much deserved double disc set

Run-D.M.C. - The Essential Run-D.M.C.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: March 11, 2013

Review by Andy Argyrakis

As far as hip-hop game changers go, few (if any) are as regarded and frequently name-checked as Run-D.M.C. The Adidas-bearing trio from Hollis, Queens helped turned the previously underground genre into a full-blown mainstream rage by the mid-1980s, all while keeping their socially-minded messages and musical integrity in tact. Taking 29 tunes from the past 29 years, "The Essential Run-D.M.C." serves as a fairly comprehensive overview carried by classics like "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)," "King Of Rock," "My Adidas," "Walk This Way" and even "Christmas In Hollis."

However, the double disc set highlights a little too much of the group's less seminal but no less carefully sculpted '90s and 2000s tunes, in turn, forsaking the famous "Can You Rock It Like This" and a few other early favorites. Even so, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers earn an otherwise pleasing portrait to satiate longtime fans and also serve as a starting point for today's hip-hop audience.

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