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Whodini’s ‘Escape’ was the first rap album in the Top 40

Rap duo Whodini saw major success during the 1980s. The group’s second album, titled Escape, was the first rap album to crack the Top 40 in 1985. It was also one of the first rap albums to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The album contains the classic rap tracks “Friend,” “The Freaks Come Out at Night,” and “Five Minutes of Funk.” While it was popular at the time, this classic album and group have fallen through the cracks over time. “Friends” has been sampled by 2pac, Nas, and Kanye West to name a few.