Universal Music Enterprises’ Respect The Classics reissues vinyl classics by hip hop legends in time for the holiday season. 

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Some featured albums and LPs that have been re-released this season include Jay Z’s “In My Lifetime, Vol 1 (2LP),”  “Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life,” “Vol 3…The Life and Times of  S. Carter (2 LP)” and 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin.”  Jay Z’s “Vol 1” was mostly produced by Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy label achieving a more crisp commercial sound than Jay’s 1st album an features artists like Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Babyface and Blackstreet. The reissuing of this album commemorates Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary. Jay’s third studio album, “Vol. 2” was by far his most successful, garnering a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1999 and debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. “Vol. 2” helped Jay achieve mainstream success and was the first of nine consecutive albums to chart. “Vol. 3” allowed Jay to revisit the grit incorporated in his earlier albums such as “Reasonable Doubt.”  “Get Rich or Die Tryin” was 50 Cent’s first studio album and featured production from Dr. Dre and Eminem and guest appearances by Llyod Banks, Young Buck and G-Unit. “Get Rich or Die Tryin” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 850,000 copies within its first week.


Universal Music Enterprises’ Respect The Classics reissues classic out-of print albums on vinyl with a modern twist such as 3D lenticular covers, picture discs, updated artwork and much more. Originally launched last september, Respect The Classics released five priority albums including the 25th Anniversary Editions of Eazy-E’s triple platinum solo debut, Eazy-Duz-It and EPMD’s album, Strictly Business. Other notable reissues include the 15th Anniversary vinyl LPs for DMX’s first two album. Along with these hip hop gems, other releases now available this season include LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out,” Warren G’s “Regulate…G Funk Er,” and works from Public Enemy and Talib Kweli. To purchase any or all of these vinyl head over to www.RespectTheClassics.com.

Check out the video below by Respect the Classics to see what else is available this season:

-Nishat Baig