DJ Kenny Dope has given us a 3 CD hip-hop compilation, and it is a great release. The fact that it is on 3 CDs rings alarm bells straight away, due to the fact that CD 1 is 17 of the 25 other songs mixed together with an intro and a new mix of Kool G Rap's 'Ill Street Blues'. Although this may seem pointless, CD 1 is mixed well together, and doesn't really remove anything from the overall quality of the package.
Hip Hop Forever mixes early 90s classics like Jeru's 'Come Clean' and Black Moon's 'Who Got Da Props' along with more recent tracks such as the first ever meeting of the duo known as Black Star, 'Fortified Live'. Luckily, with a few exceptions such as the Sunz of Man's 'Shining Star', the quality is consistently high, making the 3 CDs a great prospect for any interested in recent hip hop.
As opposed to compilations by Flex, Kid Capri and DJ Clue, the album doesn't have a single interlude or any real low points. The only real flaws I found were the fact that it could have put onto 2 CDs to bring the price down, and wrong printing of CD numbers on the discs. These really are minor flaws, seeing as it is full of great cuts. It may be a good idea to check out the track listing if you see it though, since you may already own many of the better songs.
Ultimately, despite the fact that it is slightly more expensive then most LPs, would you really turn down a compilation with EPMD, Redman, De La Soul, Gangstarr, Method Man, Jungle Brothers, Common Sense, Black Moon, Jeru The Damaja, Black Sheep, Xzibit and many more? Since right now the industry is fairly quiet without any big releases for a while, Hip Hop Forever is almost an essential purchase.