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Escape

WhodiniAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Traffic (The Orchard)
  • ASIN: B004MEYBAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Five Minutes Of Funk
2. Freaks Come Out At Night
3. Featuring Grand Master Dee
4. Big Mouth - Album Mix
5. Escape (I Need A Break)
6. Friends
7. Out Of Control
8. We Are Whodin
9. Escape (I Need A Break) - Special Extended Mix
10. Escape (I Need A Break) - A Capella
11. Escape (I Need A Break) - Instrumental
12. Five Minutes Of Funk - Instrumental
13. Freaks Come Out At Night - Instrumental
14. Friends - Instrumental
15. Big Mouth - Beat Box Mix
16. Big Mouth - A Capella Mix
17. Grandmaster Dee's Haunted Scratch

Editorial Reviews

Whodini's reign on top of the rap world may have been short-lived, but no other group captured the spontaneity, creativity and showmanship of hip-hop's early years like this New York trio, and never as powerfully as on their 1984 sophomore album Escape.

Having introduced their funky, danceable aesthetic the year prior on their self-titled debut, Escape built upon that foundation by expanding their sound with bigger arrangements and sharper performances from rappers Jalil Hutchins and John 'Ecstasy' Fletcher. The result is not just Whodini's best album, but one of the defining works of the era.

Led by the monster single 'Friends' (which Nas sampled for his biggest hit 'If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)' over a decade later), the album produced the smashes 'Five Minutes of Funk' and 'Freaks Come Out at Night,' songs that helped establish hip-hop as more than just a passing fad and a commercial force on the radio.

Having been out of print for years, Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Whodini's landmark album in a special edition, packaged in a deluxe slip case box, featuring audio remastered from the original analog tapes and additional instrumentals, a capellas and 12 inch only mixes never before released on CD, plus poster with artwork based on the original 12 inch single design.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Hip Hop/Rap Album Alive March 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT CLASS OF WORK RIGHT HERE ON THIS CD IT'S HAS THE 5 CLASSIC TRACKS ON HERE SUCH AS 5 MINUTES OF FUNK, FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, BIG MOUTH, ESCAPE(I NEED A BREAK), & FRIENDS.THIS CD WAS RELEASED IN JULY OF 1984 AND IT STILL SOUNDS GREAT UNITL THIS DAY I AM SO GLAD THAT I HAVE THIS VALUABLE HARD TO FIND CD IN MY HIP HOP OLD SCHOOL RAP COLLECTION AND ALOS IF YOU ARE A TRUE HIP HOP OLD SCHOOL RAP HEAD YOUR COLLECTION IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT THIS CD GET YOU'LL LOVE IF YOU CAN FIND BUT THANK GOD I FOUND IT. PEACE AND LOVE TO JALIL ECSTACY & DJ GRANDMASTER DEE.

BROOKLYN 4 LIFE
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Whodini April 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Escape (1984)
1. Five Minutes Of Funk (5 Stars)
2. Freaks Come Out At Night (5 Stars)
3. Featuring Grand Master Dee
4. Big Mouth (5 Stars)
5. Escape (I Need A Break) (5 Stars)
6. Friends (5 Stars)
7. Out Of Control
8. We Are Whodini
Bonus Tracks:
9. Escape (I Need A Break) [Special Extended Mix]
10. Escape (I Need A Break) [A Capella]
11. Escape (I Need A Break) [Instrumental]
12. Five Minutes Of Funk [Instrumental]
13. Freaks Come Out At Night [Instrumental]
14. Friends [Instrumental]
15. Big Mouth [Beat Box Mix]
16. Big Mouth [A Capella Mix]
17. Grandmaster Dee's Haunted Scratch

This is the 1st of the best albums by Whodini! Back in the day this was a must have album and all the 12" versions. This album used to rock house parties and all parties in general. Esp. when Friends came on, man that is my joint, the crowd went nuts! I can truly appreciate this classic album. Thanks for the memmories!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally available on CD in the USA! May 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is the soundtrack to my teenage years. Before I got into Run DMC, LL COOL J and SALT N PEPA I was jammin out to WHODINI's "Escape". I remember walking the streets of Boston with my huge boom box blasting this album on cassette. I have seen the japanese import CD go for over $100, I am just thrilled that its finally being released on CD in the USA. Now if only SHANNON's "Let the music play" Can be released on CD in the US then I will be a happy camper!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars whodini classic August 1, 2008
By ILMUSIC
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
ok this alblum should sale for more then the $40.00. whodini title "whodini" i understand thats there first alblum but all the hits are on the "ESCAPE" alblum. AND THERE BOTH OOP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE SCHOOL! October 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This cd is tight from start to finish. First hip hop album to see platinum status! Five classics on this disc. Friends , Freaks come out , escape , big mouth , and 5 minutes of funk. Whodini can still perform these jams like they did in 1985. The production by Larry Smith is timeless. Tracks are state of the art! This is probally their best work along with Back in Black! Get this cd , you will love it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars YOU CANNOT PUT A PRICE ON GOOD RAP November 4, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
GOOD THROW BACK RAP,I HAVE TO GET IT FOR MY MUSIC LIBRARY . HAD THIS ONE IN ALBUM BACK IN THE DAY,NOW I GOT THE CD
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st rap album to go platinum with extras
OK. For those who don't know Whodini, the Brooklyn-based duo turned trio and their sophomore smash ESCAPE producing 5 radio-friendly hits, count them 1) Five Minutes Of Funk (a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by capaBILLity
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
This collection is a masterpiece. Whodini was fun, funky and phresh! One of the first rap groups to get airplay, and had a huge impact.
Published 12 months ago by gioconda la felice
5.0 out of 5 stars Freshest Album
What helped reach the platinium status of this Hip-Hop classic earned them as the headliner performers of the 84" Fresh Fest Concert (National Tour that also featured Kurtis Blow... Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Soulchild'sA'Comin'
5.0 out of 5 stars reggie's review
this was one of whodini's greatest albums it had single after single on the radio.I use to party hard off of songs from this album.great party music
Published on September 13, 2011 by reggie reg
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most landmark (and rightly so) rap albums ever
In 1984, rap was a fresh and exciting new form of music, and this album is certainly one of the greatest of the early rap classics. Read more
Published on June 15, 2007 by Glen Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mid Eighties Rap.........
Whodini was big in the mid eighties with hits like 5 Minutes of Funk, Freinds, One Love, Big Mouth and the Freaks Come Out at Night. Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by The Specialist
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