Published Sep 16, 2013Universal Music Enterprises is in the midst of celebrating hip-hop's history via its "Respect the Classics" series, with upcoming vinyl reissues and expanded CD editions on the way for albums by Kanye West, Public Enemy, Eminem and more.
Earlier this month, the label served up vinyl represses for N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton and Ice Cube's solo debut AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, as well as CD reissues for EPMD's Strictly Business and N.W.A.'s N.W.A and the Posse. Eazy-E's EZ Duz It was treated to both CD and LP reissues.
Next up in the series are double-LP represses of gruff-voice Ruff Ryders leader DMX's It's Dark and Hell Is Hot on gold vinyl and Blood of My Blood on clear vinyl with blood spatter. Both releases land October 22.
On November 12, Universal will serve up a repress of 50 Cent's 2003 major label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin', as well as a pair '80s-era classics: Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and eye patch-wearin' MC Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.
Also on the docket are a CD reissue of Onyx's 1993 breakthrough Bacdafucup and a vinyl update of Gang Starr's Step in the Arena. Both are set to hit stores December 10.
While due dates have yet to arrive, Modern Vinyl reports that reissues are in the works for Eminem's The Slim Shady LP, as well as his D12's Devil's Night and D12 World. Likewise, reissues are scheduled for Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak, Common's Like Water for Chocolate, Lil Wayne's first Tha Carter LP, N.E.R.D.'s In Search Of and 2Pac's Greatest Hits.
You can check out more info on the releases over here.