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Slammin' Rap Video Magazine, Vol. 3Slammin' Rap, the latest volume of an ongoing music ''magazine'' on videocassette starts out interestingly enough. An energetic L.L....Slammin' Rap Video Magazine, Vol. 3MusicalUnratedSlammin' Rap, the latest volume of an ongoing music ''magazine'' on videocassette starts out interestingly enough. An energetic L.L....1991-05-31VPI/Harmony
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Slammin' Rap Video Magazine, Vol. 3

Genre: Musical; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: VPI/Harmony

Slammin’ Rap, the latest volume of an ongoing music ”magazine” on videocassette starts out interestingly enough. An energetic L.L. Cool J discusses the importance of business savvy in an industry fueled by hype; he’s followed by short segments on Schoolly D, an aggressively street- wise rapper from Philly, and Eric B. and Rakim, a New York duo who treat us to an a cappella rap. But it quickly degenerates, making the shortcomings of fanzines all too clear. There are long sequences of self-indulgent horsing around, the amateurish feel of wobbly camcorders and haphazard editing, and the distinct odor of self-promotion — not to mention moronic sound bites from the likes of Hoes Wit Attitude, a dreadful trio of female rappers in spiked heels and string bikinis who proclaim: ”We’re not selling sex, we’re selling sexy!”

For hard-core fans and avid observers of hip-hop culture, this 60-minute commercial is varied enough to be watchable. But compared with a well-done primer like PBS’ recent Rap City Rhapsody (which is not yet available on video), Slammin’ Rap really does deserve a slam. D

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