Mos Def, Jurassic 5, and members of Dilated Peoples and D12 are among the hip-hop heavy hitters appearing on Avatar Records' "N.V.A. -- Straight From the Crates, Vol. 1" CD compilation, due Jan. 28.

Mos Def, Jurassic 5, and members of Dilated Peoples and D12 are among the hip-hop heavy hitters appearing on Avatar Records' "N.V.A. -- Straight From the Crates, Vol. 1" CD compilation, due Jan. 28. In keeping with the N.V.A. acronym (it stands for National Vinyl Association), three singles are being released exclusively on vinyl: Mos Def's "Workin It Out," the Pharcyde's "Hard Times" featuring Jurassic 5, and Blackmoon's "The Way."

Sound clips from select cuts can be samples on the label's official Web site. Avatar's previous releases include the soundtrack to the HBO series "Oz" and the reissue of the soundtrack to the classic 1990s hip-hop spoof "Fear of a Black Hat."

Here is the tracklist for "N.V.A. -- Straight From the Crates, Vol. 1":

"Speakin' the Truth," Akaa and DJ Babu of Dilated Peoples
"Workin' It Out," Mos Def
"The Way," Blackmoon
"Do You Know," Saigon
"Classical Hit," Phil Da Agony featuring Planet Asia
"Whirlwind," Joey Zozza featuring Proof and Kon Artis of D12
"Girl in the Picture," Jon Notty featuring Joni Mitchell
"Hard Times," Pharcyde featuring Charli 2na and Akil of Jurassic 5
"Verbal Murder," Ras Kass
"The Nexus," Grouch featuring Mystic
"Ya Get, Ya Get," Korsican Brothers

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