This fall, Universal Music salutes many of hip-hop's finest with Respect The Classics, spotlighting iconic, genre-defining albums from the Def Jam, Interscope, Priority, and Virgin Records vaults.
Out September 3rd are five Priority Records classics, including expanded CD and digital 25th Anniversary Editions of Eazy-E's triple platinum solo debut, Eazy-Duz-It and EPMD's chart-topping album, Strictly Business. Remastered 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of Eazy-Duz-It, Ice Cube's solo debut, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, and N.W.A's iconic, triple-platinum Straight Outta Compton will also be released in faithfully replicated original album packaging, as well as a remastered CD and digital reissue of N.W.A's debut, N.W.A & The Posse.
Re-releases will continue through the fall with several more hip-hop classics. Upcoming releases include special edition 15th Anniversary vinyl LPs for DMX's first two albums, both multi-platinum essentials originally released in 1998 and long out-of-print on vinyl. It's Dark & Hell Is Hot and Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Heart, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart within seven months of each other, will be released on gold vinyl and blood-splattered clear vinyl, respectively.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Rock the Bells kicks off in Los Angeles on September 7, which would have been Eazy-E's 50th birthday, featuring a hologram performance by the late hip-hop great. The traveling festival continues to San Francisco (September 14/15), Washington D.C. (September 28/29), and New York (October 4/5).
Respect The Classics release details will be announced soon for groundbreaking albums by Gang Starr, Onyx, Public Enemy, and Slick Rick.
Respect The Classics Releases Out Now
NWA & The Posse - More Info | iTunes
EPMD - Strictly Business CD - More Info | iTunes
NWA - Straight Outta Compton - More Info | iTunes
Ice Cube - Amerikkka's Most Wanted - More Info | iTunes
Eazy-E - Eazy Duz It LP - More Info | iTunes
Eazy-E - Eazy Duz It CD - More Info | iTunes