Various Artists, Wild Style [Original Soundtrack]
One of the best hip-hop compilations ever made.
This is the not only, in this writer's opinion, the best hip-hop compilation ever made. It's also one of the best movie soundtracks of all time, in any genre. Charlie Ahearn's 1983 part-fact/part-fiction hip-hop flick has withstood the test of time, where pretenders like Breakin' and the well-intentioned Krush Groove have faded.
The basic electro-funk tunes used as interstitial soundtrack music were also used by DJs backing up artists onstage: Busy Bee, Fantastic Freaks, Double Trouble and the Cold Crush Brothers. The results, heard on cuts like “Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie,” “Cold Crush Bros at the Dixie” and “The Chief Rocker Busy Bee and DJ AJ at the Amphitheatre” are stunning, making you regret that many of these artists peaked here, never making the transition into the recording studio.
It's not all about backing music, though — some of the album's illest tracks are presented a capella: “Stoop Rap” (with Double Trouble) and the oft-sampled “Basketball Throwdown.”