By David Browne
Updated December 04, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

The Latino pop band War has never landed the respect it was due — except in the rap world. This eye-opening anthology, Rap Declares War, compiles hip-hop records built on samples of War hits like ”The Cisco Kid” and ”Why Can’t We Be Friends.” Judging by the heavyweight lineup (Ice-T, De La Soul, Kid Frost, Beastie Boys), barrio tales and gang-rumble rhythms have, alas, never gone out of style. B

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