Now That's What I Call Music Hip Hop 2 (Helicon) An Israeli version of the "Now That's What I Call Music" series from the US, Helicon brings us a double CD of what it deems to be the most loved hip hop/rap music by Israelis. The discs comprise mainly foreign material with the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna, Daddy Yankee, and Nitty. Although, it's a bit of a stretch to call Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" hip hop, or to slot Mariah Carey in with the rappers. Home talent comes from the likes of Noa Faran, Subliminal, Shai 360, Danidin, Fishi Hagadol, Parvarim Refugeez, and Uri Shochat. The discs are almost carbon copies of one another - with the latter being called "da mixtape". Some of the Israeli selections were made specifically for this project including the joint effort by Subliminal and Buskilz. The Israeli talent sounds on par with foreign works, proving we have what it takes to produce top quality sound in the hip hop/rap field. Shalom Hanoch, Shlomo Artzi In Caesaria (Hed Arzi) One of the most hyped Israeli rock concerts of the year now comes to you on CD. Once competitors, rock giants Shalom Hanoch and Shlomo Artzi, have united to bring local music fans an awesome double CD album of the best of both their songs. From "Kama Tov Shebat Habayta" to "Yareach" to "Gever Holech Le'eebud", fans of this genre of music will love this album. Hanoch and Artzi have each stamped the Israeli rock scene with their folk-rock musical styles. Most of their fans are devoted to both of them. And so, for them to hook up was unexpected but not outrageous. While it's touching to hear Hanoch sing Artzi and Artzi sing Hanoch, for the most part it sounds like they preferred to duet ather than offer solos of one another's signature songs. Duets are always good, but solos are sharper. Hearing the crowd before each track brings the listener into the excitement of the crowd at Caesaria Amphitheater. Overall, Artzi fans and Hanoch followers alike will find this album favorable.



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