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MC Shy-D is a key figure in the history of Atlanta hip-hop. Though he may not have been the first Atlanta MC to put his rhymes on wax, his early albums for Luke Campbell’s Skyywalker records are undisputed A-Town classics. Furthermore, Shy-D’s early records introduced the world to the prodigiously talented DJ Toomp, whose work with artists like MC Shy-D, Tony Rock, T.I., and Lil Jon would help define the sound of Atlanta hip-hop in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Greatest Hits serves as a simple but effective introduction to the music Toomp and Shy-D made together. It collects a few of Shy- D’s early independent releases as well as selections from his two Skyywalker full-lengths Gotta be Tough and Comin’ Correct. The spare bass- and drum-machine-centric production of this music is inextricably linked to Atlanta’s car culture, which is memorably celebrated on the brilliant “It’s Just My Caddy.” Elsewhere Toomp imitates the breakneck tempos and unmistakable 808 rumble of early Miami Bass to thrilling effect. A few cuts that Shy-D recorded in the late ‘90s with the group the Tha-Rhythum round out this collection.

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I love this song . . .

I have been looking for the single "Shake It" for quite sometime. This song takes me back to the mid 80's when teenage dance clubs still existed. It's still a great song to listen to after all these years.

Shy-D is Back!!

MC Shy-D is the bomb, bout time iTunes put a brotha on!! All these cuts are classics!

Shy D is the baddest

And he'll let you know that about ten times per song. His samples are sick, though, and I can't say I ever get tired of hearing him tell me what a great MC he is.


Born: New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

MC Shy D (born Peter Jones) is the Bronx-born cousin of Afrika Bambaataa. He began on Luther Campbell's label in 1987 with Got to Be Tough and Comin' Correct in '88. After one more record (1989's Don't Sweat Me), he went through a lean period but rebounded in 1993 with The Comeback. It was a more artistically ambitious release, with more contemporary production and...
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