(2009) Def Jam 25: Volume 3 - It Takes Two Pt 1

Various Artists

... read moreAs with the 24 other brief digital download compilations released to commemorate Def Jam's 25th anniversary, Def Jam 25, Vol. 3: It Takes Two, Pt. 1 overlaps a bit with Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary, a five-CD box packaged in a sharp miniature record crate. Def Jam didn't release Rob Base and...

40′:34″ 10 Songs

1
I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By (Puff Daddy Mix)
Various Artists
5:06
2
How High (Remix)
Various Artists
3:59
3
Always On Time
Various Artists
4:03
4
Touch Me Tease Me
Various Artists
3:47
5
Hate That I Love You
Various Artists
3:39
6
Hey Lover
Various Artists
4:44
7
Make Me Better
Various Artists
4:15
8
Umbrella
Various Artists
4:35
9
Da Rockwilder
Various Artists
2:16
10
Regulate
Various Artists
4:10
Released 01 January 2009, This Compilation ℗ 2009 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Review

As with the 24 other brief digital download compilations released to commemorate Def Jam's 25th anniversary, Def Jam 25, Vol. 3: It Takes Two, Pt. 1 overlaps a bit with Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary, a five-CD box packaged in a sharp miniature record crate. Def Jam didn't release Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two," but many of the label's biggest crossover hits were collaborations, as collected here and on Def Jam 25, Vol. 4. Among the highlights on this part one are "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" (Mary J. Blige and Method Man), "Touch Me Tease Me" (Case and Foxy Brown), "Umbrella" (Rihanna and Jay-Z), and "Regulate" (Warren G and Nate Dogg). Unfortunately, the compilers didn't dig back to any of the label's early R&B duets involving the likes of Alyson Williams, Chuck Stanley, Tashan, and Oran "Juice" Jones. ~ Andy Kellman