Rap Essentials Volume One

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Rap Essentials Volume One
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Compilation album by Various artists
Released 1996
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre Canadian hip hop
Length 46:40
Label Beat Factory/EMI Canada
Producer DJ Kemo, Scam, Down To Erf, Kardinal Offishall, DRK, DJX, Swiff, DJ Luv, Kandu, Day, Kwajo Cinqo
Various artists chronology
Rap Essentials Volume One
Rap Essentials Volume Two
(1997)Rap Essentials Volume Two1997

Rap Essentials Volume One is a Canadian hip hop compilation album, released in 1996 on Beat Factory Music, and distributed by EMI Music Canada. It is considered a landmark hip-hop album, and it was very influential.[1][2]

Three songs from the album—"Naughty Dread" by Kardinal Offishall, "Fitnredi" by Rascalz, and "Bright Lights, Big City" by Scales Empire—were nominated for Best Rap Recording at the 1997 Juno Awards. "Dear Hip Hop" by Dan-e-o is considered a Canadian hip-hop classic.[3]

Music videos for "Dear Hip Hop", "Bright Lights, Big City", and "Sunlight" by Wio-K were put into rotation on MuchMusic.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Fitnredi" Rascalz DJ Kemo 4:29
2. "Boiling Point" Concrete Mob Scam 3:17
3. "Learn to Earn" Down to Erf Down To Erf 3:25
4. "Naughty Dread" Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall 4:24
5. "No Lawz" Black-I DRK 4:23
6. "Sunlight" Wio-K DJX 3:42
7. "Who's Talking Weight (Remix)" Red Life Swiff 3:46
8. "Dear Hip Hop" Dan-e-o Scam 3:24
9. "Bright Lights, Big City" Scales Empire DJ Luv, Kandu (co-producer) 4:00
10. "Twenty One Years" Choclair Day 4:17
11. "Structure, Foundation (What's the Plan)" Citizen Kane Down To Erf 3:14
12. "U.L." Ghetto Concept Kwajo Cinqo 4:24


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kardinal Offishall - Man on Fire Archived 2009-11-01 at the Wayback Machine. Exclaim!. Accessed on January 5, 2009.
  2. ^ M.A.D. reach Rap Essentials Archived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine. Montreal Mirror. Accessed on January 5, 2009.
  3. ^ MuchMusic.com | Artists | Dan-e-o Archived 2005-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. MuchMusic. Accessed on January 5, 2009.