A Brief Selection of Fall’s Exciting Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

2017 has been a thrilling year for reissues, as many sought-after hip-hop classics have made a return to vinyl. Universal Media Enterprises has been running their Respect The Classics campaign, which has brought a ton of titles back to wax for the first time in years, while many other fundamental hip-hop classics have been reissued to celebrate the anniversaries of their original release dates. Beyond that, the increase in vinyl demand has allowed labels the capability of making decades-old iconic releases accessible to a new generation of consumers. With a plethora of exciting reissues hitting the shelves, here's a handful recent releases you ought to snatch up.

Mos Def, EcstaticMos Def - Ecstatic

Originally released with Downtown Records in 2009, Mos Def’s Ecstatic has been reissued for the first time with Universal Media Enterprises. After fairly underwhelming responses to his two prior albums and a decision to ease off acting, Mos Def returned to the studio for his fourth album. The project’s stellar track list included contributions from Slick Rick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Talib Kweli. Def Worked with producers Madlib, The Neptunes, Mr. Flash, and Oh No, to achieve a fusion of international sounds and American hip-hop production. Mos Def tackles global politics, love, and spirituality on the album, all themes that speak magnitudes in today’s political climate. The project went on to become one of his most critically acclaimed releases and fans have been awaiting its second coming.

e-40, In a major wayE-40 - In A Major Way

The staple Sick Wid’ It release, went to market in collaboration with Jive Records back in 1995 and has hit the shelves anew for its first time since. E-40’s sophomore album, following up Federal, marked a critical period in Northern California’s budding hip-hop scene. The album included an early hit in 40’s career, “Sprinkle Me,” a collaboration with his biological sister Suga-T, along with contributions from 2Pac, Spice 1, Mac Mall, and B-Legit. Charting at #2 on Billboard’s Hip-Hop & RnB charts after selling 70,000 copies in its first week, In A Major Way is a gem among numerous releases delivered in 40’s lengthy career and an iconic Bay Area hip-hop release.


Silkk The ShockerSilkk The Shocker - Made Man

Silkk The Shocker’s third studio album, Made Man, has been slated as one of No Limit’s most prolific releases. Silkk The Shocker’s raw sound and unconventional delivery established him high up in the No Limit Ranks alongside C-Murda, Mystikal, and Master P himself. Released via No Limit, Priority Records, and EMI in 1999, Made Man was a huge standout among the dozens of releases dropping during No Limit’s heyday in the late '90s. Featuring contributions from Jay-Z, Mystikal, Mia-X, and Snoop Dogg, the album and the No Limit mentality continues to inspire artists and fans alike.


DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - He’s The DJ, I’m The RapperDJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

In 1988 DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince made hip-hop history by releasing the first ever double LP rap album, He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper. This was their second studio album and it certainly left in imprint in the formative age of hip-hop. The project featured “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” one of the duo’s biggest hits for which they won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989. The album went on to become certified triple platinum in February of 1995. Whether one is trying to secure a piece of fundamental hip-hop history or is simply a big fan of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper is an iconic release worth attaining.

Too ShortToo Short - Life Is…

Aged over 20 years since it’s original release in 1988, Life Is… was and continues to be one of Short Dawg’s most prominent releases. The project was initially put out as a Dangerous Music/RCA Records release until the Jive branding appeared in 1989. Life Is… is Too Short’s highest album to date, moving over 2 million copies. It was a stunning solo endeavor, which only featured Danger Zone and Rappin’ 4-Tay. Hits like “Blow The Whistle” and “Gettin' It” have been major facets in Too Short’s extensive career, but his double platinum Life Is… is a killer body of work and a keystone release in the historical hip-hop canon

These releases are among many sought-after hip-hop classics returning to the shelves this year, so shop accordingly! It maybe a tad overwhelming having to pick and choose from all the amazing releases coming back around, but all of these critical hip-hop albums are available in store and online at Check them all out online and, if you’re still having trouble deciding after reading, feel free to come in and get more information from our staff!

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