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Rock the House


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  • Audio CD (January 2, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B0000004U4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble(1988 Extended Remix)
2. Just One Of Those Days
3. Rock The House
4. Taking It To The Top
5. The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff
6. Just Rockin'
7. Guys Ain't Nothing But Trouble
8. A Touch Of Jazz
9. Don't Even Try It
10. Special Announcement

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One of the greatest hip hop albums ever.
Tall Paul
It has great beatboxing from Ready Rock C. DJ Jazzy Jeff's cutting abilities are excellent.
16-bit
The cd now is out of print so if you find please purchase it's a must have classic.
Ramon Moore

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hype Currie on February 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Before Hollywood, Before the Grammys, et. al., there was DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, a new rap group out of Philadelphia, who signed to then-indie rap label Jive Records (currently home to such uber-pop stars like Britney Spears, NSYNC, Aaron Carter, etc.).
This is a MUST for hip hop fans of Will Smith-- The first album that he and Jazzy Jeff recorded, it hit shelves in 1987, after the underground single "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" made the duo ghetto celebrities in Philly and the mid 80's East Coast rap scene--
Jeff's ear for funky beats and breaks is apparent, as is Will's talent for comedic storytelling and capable battle-rhymes. Also featured is their frequent stage collaborator, Ready Rock C the beatbox. Listen to him beat-box the "Sanford & Son" theme on the title cut..
the best cuts are "Girls..." which ingeniously sampled the theme song to "I dream of Jeannie", and back then sample costs didn't break your album budget; "The Magnificent...", where the Prince rhymes about his partner's turntable wizardry; "Just One of those days", where the Prince describes a string of bad-luck days; "A touch of Jazz", one of rap's first instrumental DJ showcases; "Guys ain't nothing but trouble", the "answer" record to "Girls..", featuring currently MIA lady rhymer Ice Creem Tee.
Much ado has been made about the duo's pop success overwhelming their dedication to hip-hop aesthetics, but this album is definitely a keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Griffin on June 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is classic! I am glad its available in CD form! It has a couple of tracks that I would love to hear once more! Definitely get it to hear how the old schoolers used to do it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norfeest VINE VOICE on March 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rock The House, JJ & FP's debut album, is an overlooked and forgotten LP that is one of the duo's (trio if you count fringe member Ready Rock C) best albums. This album, along with Steady B's 1988 single "Serious (BDP Remix)", are what made me pay more attention to DJ's. DJ Tat Money kills the end of Serious and Jazzy Jeff, my favorite DJ to this day, wrecks this entire album. There are great party tracks like "Girls Ain't Nothing But Troublee", "Rock The House", "The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff", and "Guys Ain't Nothing But Trouble" which features the unfairly forgotten Ice Cream Tee. Also, "A Touch Of Jazz" is a classic, hands down. The extended cut on the 12" is better because it has more scratching and it's longer -- it's 6:46 while the lp version is only 3:21 and features Fresh Prince rapping on it. Personally, I thought Jazzy Jeff shouting out the three guys that got him started mixing was really cool -- Pearly Lewis, Kenneth Adams, & Mark Johnson. Hell, I'd like to give a shout out myself even though I don't know them. Anyway, if you're looking to hear what Will Smith sounded like when he was still hungry and still giving rap 100% of his attention, then get this. It's dope, and with the exception of a few tracks, it holds up well 20 years after it's release.

As far as skip material, I'd have to say that "Taking It To The Top" and "Don't Even Try It" are pretty forgettable. I didn't like them when this album came out though. Like I already mentioned, they just don't hold up well over the years. The rest of the album is dope. Will, Jazzy, and Ready Rock all do their thing.

Rock The House is a light, fun, party lp. You can rock a party with this album as well as play it in front of your mother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tall Paul on February 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest hip hop albums ever. Still sounds great even in year 2005. Jazzy Jeff is one the greatest DJ's ever. This album pioneered the Transformer scratch into Hip Hop and it also pioneered the infusion of Jazz into hip hop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "winemansteve" on March 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had an original cassette release and the lyrics to "Girls ain't Nothing But Trouble" are different than a later version I purchased. In my original version Will says, "...so I hit her with trash can and ran like Hell" in the newer version its cleaned up to, "...so I handed her my wallet and ran like Hell". I guess the record company was already cleaning him up for mainstream.
Still, this is one of the all time great hip hop albums. Great beats, unique beat boxing, Will keeping it tight albeit a bit corny and Jeff bringing the jazz. I'm still trying to replace my worn out tape with a CD. REISSUE! REISSUE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ramon Moore on September 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The cd that started the ultimate dou or should I say trio group in the late 80's. With Jeff,Prince & Ready Roc C on track it was an instant success. Rock The House brought you mind blowing scratching from Jazzy Jeff,a new sound in beat boxing provided by Ready Roc C & fun clean hip-hop lyrics from The Fresh Prince. In reality this was a cd that Parents Could Understand. The cd now is out of print so if you find please purchase it's a must have classic.
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