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Title - 'Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology'
Artist - Various

As the documented story goes, Profile Records was founded by Cory Robbins and Steve Plotnicki, both Jewish New Yorkers in their 20s. Products of the disco boom, they first met in 1979 when Robbins released a Plotnicki-penned disco song, "Love Insurance," on Panorama; a small imprint that Robbins ran for MCA Music Publishing.

Amazingly, the basic idea behind Profile Records - which Robbins and Plotnicki subsequently launched in May 1981, with a $34,000 loan from their parents - was to release 12" dance singles.

Ergo, Profile's first single, a disco record by British TV star Grace Kennedy(?!), was an all-American flop! But over the course of the next twenty years, with signings like Run DMC, Dana Dane, Rob Base & D.J. EZ Rock, Poor Righteous Teachers, Profile Records would become one of the biggest and most respected hip-hop labels in the world.

Thus, GIANT RECORD: PROFILE RECORDS RAP ANTHOLOGY brings us a bright white spotlight on the story of one of hip-hop’s true super-powered indie labels. The chrono­logically-arranged, 31-song double-CD begins with such legends as DR. JECKYLL & MR. HYDE's "Genius Rap" and "Whip Rap" from DISCO FOUR, before heading into "Beat Bop" (RAMMELZEE VS K-ROB), "Fresh Fresh" (3 MC S), "Here Comes That Beat!" (PUMPKIN & THE PROFILE ALL-STARS), and both "King Kut" from WORD OF MOUTH and the always-excellent "Sucker M.C.'s" from KRUSH-GROOVE 1 aka RUN DMC.

Side one is rounded out by "A Fly Guy" (PEBBLEE POO), "Nightmares" (DANA DANE), "Get Off My Tip!" (THE MASTERDON COMMITTEE), "Lies. Lies" (RAP-O-MATIC LTD.), and "I Can't Wait (To Rock The Mike)" from SPYDER D, "Drag Rap" from THE SHOWBOYS, "It's My Beat" from SWEET TEE & JAZZY JOYCE, and the great "Ragamuffin Hip-Hop" from ASHER D & DADDY FREDDY.

As you listen on through it, 'Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology' boasts a naïve exuberance that came in part because the boundaries of rap and hip-hop had yet to be defined. Indeed, by the time of RUN DMC's 1986 remake of AEROSMITH's “Walk This Way,” which leads off the second disc in fine style, the music had emerged from the streets to become the latest sound of young America.

That song is followed by "Cinderfella Dana Dane" (DANA DANE), the monster one-hit wonder of pop history "It Takes Two" from ROB BASE & DJ E-Z ROCK, "Beats To The Rhyme" from RUN DMC, "Give Em A Sample" (TOO KOOL POSSE), "I Got It Made" (SPECIAL ED), and both "Do It To The Crowd" from TWIN HYPE and "Hey Love" from KING SUN.

The chronicles of this great label's 15-year history and legacy continue with "Ah, And We Do It Like This" (ONYX), "Rock Dis Funky Joint" (POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS), "Born And Raised In Compton" (DJ QUICK), "Be True To Yourself" (II NONE), "Zulu War Chant" (TIME ZONE), "Whutcha Want?" from NINE, and ends with both "Broken Language" by SMOOTH DA HUSTLER and "Luchini AKA This Is It" from CAMP LO.

With nearly a dozen hip-hop heavyweights whose tributes appear in the CD booklet, all who which champion what founders Cory Robbins and Steve Plotnicki set out to to (and ultimately did), 'Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology' is a mountain of rap and hip-hop music that needs to be ain any serious record collector's collection.