Universal Music recently launched a new campaign called ‘Respect the Classics‘ which aims to re-release classic albums from Interscope and Island Def Jam’s back catalogs (both labels fall under the UMG umbrella).
Some of the releases lined up are DMX’s It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot (re-released on gold vinyl) and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (on “blood splattered” vinyl); Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP; LL Cool J’s Radio; N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton and N.W.A. & The Posse.
It’s obviously a “struggle ploy” and some of these releases come off a little gimmicky. Still, it may also serve as a great starting platform for those who may just be getting into the genre or those feeling nostalgic. If they were really smart, they’d give a better incentive for us to purchase these. Maybe, perhaps, some unreleased shit, demos, etc. I mean, let’s be real, we know they have access to some exclusive stuff.