News: Universal Makes Big 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Eminem & Kanye West Announcement

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 12:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Universal Music has announced major plans for diehard fans of 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kanye West and Tupac Shakur by revealing a new Respect The Classics campaign.

According to the music empire, the campaign will feature vinyl re-issues of historic albums as they storm onto store shelves this fall.

Universal Music has announced that some of the major, Hip-Hop albums will be re-mastered and re-issued which will be a part of their Respect The Classics campaign. Leading the charge will be 50 Cent’s Diamond debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ which will receive a 10-year anniversary platinum vinyl edition on November 12th. Other albums include Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP, Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter and more. According to the label, the aim is to highlight “spotlight iconic, genre-defining albums” from the back catalogs of Def Jam, Interscope, Priority and Virgin Records imprints. (HHNM)

A handful of other major artists like DMX, Slick Rick, Common and more will also have their projects re-issued.

DMX — It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (2xLP, gold vinyl)
October 22nd
DMX — Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood (2xLP, clear with blood-splattered)
October 22nd
50 Cent — Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2xLP, platinum vinyl)
November 12th
Slick Rick — The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
November 12th
Public Enemy — It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
November 12th
Eminem — The Slim Shady
No Release Date Yet
Lil’ Wayne — Tha Carter
No Release Date Yet
Kanye West (pictured) — 808s and Heartbreak
No Release Date Yet
Common — Like Water For Chocolate
No Release Date Yet
N.E.R.D. — In Search Of (2xLP)
No Release Date Yet
2Pac — Greatest Hits
No Release Date Yet
D12 — Devils Night
No Release Date Yet
D12 — D12 World
No Release Date Yet (Modern-Vinyl)

Recently, Public Enemy’s Flavor Flavor spoke on today’s music scene not representing real hip-hop.

“I think the element of hip hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo,” said Flavor Flav. “It’s just stayed there for years. Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos. There’s no more of that ‘wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care’ – you know, something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance.” He continued: “Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America. There’s not to many great hip hop records out there, but there are some great rap records. Lil’ Wayne is making some great rap records, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Snoop – everybody is making great rap records, but it’s not hip hop.” (Gigwise)

Back in July, rap star Lil Wayne admitted he was more in-tune with listening to old records.

“I don’t know where hip-hop is at. I just listen to the old stuff, and my television stay on SportsCenter. Even when I’m flipping through the channels, I stumble across MTV or BET or whatever, if I stop and watch that video it’s because I haven’t seen that video. I’m so amazed. I don’t know if it’s new. I don’t know who the person is.” (XXL Mag)

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