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VA – Tommy Boy Greatest Hits (2xCD) (2003) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

Various - Tommy Boy Greatest Hits

It seems like the highlights from the Tommy Boy catalog have been anthologized dozens of times over, but they’ve never been shown in a poor light. Just about any set should do the trick. This one, a three-disc set released by Rhino in 2003, covers a lot of territory, from Afrika Bambaataa to Handsome Boy Modeling School. Not too many people have an appetite voracious enough to take Coolio with Paris or House of Pain with Jonzun Crew; however, you’re likely covered no mattter which angle you’re coming from. Highlights include Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” Paris’ “Break the Grip of Shame,” Stetsasonic’s “Talkin’ All That Jazz,” De La Soul’s “A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’,” and Digital Underground’s “Doowutchyalike.”

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VA – Unbound Allstars: Mumia 911 (CD) (1999) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

Mumia 911

Unbound Allstars were a one-off collaboration of various hip-hop artists who recorded the track “Mumia 911″ supporting the release of death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The artists involved included Aceyalone, Afu-Ra, Black Thought, Channel Live, Chuck D, Dead Prez, Divine Styler, Goldii Lokks, Last Emperor, The, Sayeed, P.E.A.C.E., Pharoahe Monch, Slim Kid 3, Tragedy, What? What?, Wise Intelligent and Zack de La Rocha.

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