I really don't think that this album is a good representation of how hip-hop was in 1995. Sure, most of the artists on here were hot, but they showed their skills on their own albums, not on here.
First, the good news: 2Pac's "My Block" has a tight beat by Easy Mo Bee (who produced his "Temptations") and tight lyrics, making it a nice song to ride to. Onyx's "Live!!!" got me hyped for a minute, and who can forget "How High" with Method Man and Redman? That song still sounds good today.
But most of the time I found myself pressing "fast-forward" rather than "rewind". "Poppa Luv It" finds LL Cool J basing a song off of his verse from "Flava in Ya Ear Remix", yet again. Bone thugs-n-harmony's "Everyday Thang" is far from their best song, and I mean "FAR". I'm always down for hearing Biggie, but the live version of "Me and My B" isn't much different from the album version. "Everyday It Rains" from Mary J. Blige is good but it uses the same "Who's Making Love" sample that Bad Boy used twice already for "Flava in Ya Ear (radio version)" and "One More Chance (remix of the remix)". And Suga's "What's Up Star" and Isaac 2 Issac's "Ol' Skool" are pure filler tracks.
As you can see, there are a lot of mediocre tracks, but I rated this album a 3 instead of 2 because the good tracks are really, REALLY good. I would still skip this album because you can't play it straight through without being annoyed.