Rappers talk the talk, and some may even try to walk the walk, but to get a true understanding of what it means to be a real badass, look no further than this sterling compilation.

Rappers talk the talk, and some may even try to walk the walk, but to get a true understanding of what it means to be a real badass, look no further than this sterling compilation. Released as an aural complement to the Independent Film Channel's Blaxploitation documentary, Baadddasssss Cinema, the disc features classics from some of the biggest names in '70s soul music. Appropriately leading things off is the godfather of soul himself, James Brown, whose "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" is as funky and fun today as it was back in the day—if not more so. The deep bass and sweet vocals of Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" are smoother than any player-inspired rap track. Other standouts include Roy Ayers' "Coffy Is the Color" and William De Vaughn's "Be Thankful for What You Got." If you listen closely, you might even discover where today's young turks have nicked a sample or two. Can you dig it?—RH