In tha Beginning...There Was Rap

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In tha Beginning... There Was Rap
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Compilation album by Various artists
Released November 25, 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop
Length 57:59
Label Priority
Producer Shock G, The Angel, Romeo Antonio, Adam, CD, Chops, Manifest, The Dotrix, Walter Taylor, Amp Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

In tha Beginning... There Was Rap is a compilation album presented by Priority Records, released on November 25, 1997. The album featured cover versions of classic old school hip hop song done by some of hip hop's most popular acts at the time.

The album was a success, peaking at 15 on the Billboard 200 and 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Less than two months after its release on January 9, 1998, it was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Sucker M.C.'s" (Original song by Run-DMC) Wu-Tang Clan 3:46
2. "Fuck tha Police -" (Original song by NWA) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 5:02
3. "Big Ole Butt" (Original song by LL Cool J) P Diddy 5:23
4. "6 in the Mornin'" (Original song by Ice-T) Master P 2:59
5. "Freaky Tales" (Original song by Too Short) Snoop Doggy Dogg 3:55
6. "Knick Knack Patty Wack" (Original song by EPMD) Tha Dogg Pound 4:19
7. "Rapper's Delight" (Original song by Sugar Hill Gang) Def Squad Redman/Erick Sermon/Keith Murray 6:55
8. "I'm Still #1" (Original song by Boogie Down Productions) Cypress Hill 5:12
9. "I Need a Freak" (Original song by Sexual Harassment) Too Short 5:19
10. "Dopeman" (Original song by NWA) Mack 10 4:03
11. "Money Dollar Bill Y'all" (Original song by Jimmy Spicer) Coolio 4:42
12. "The Show" (Original song by Doug E. Fresh/Slick Rick) The Roots 6:24


Chart (1997) Peak
Billboard 200 15
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas . Review: In tha Beginning... There Was Rap. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-09-07.