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Back To Black With Hip-Hop Heroes

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A new batch of 180 gram, heavyweight vinyl editions of classic hip-hop albums is out now as part of Universal’s Back To Black reissue series. They include classic releases by LL Cool J, N.W.A.,and 50 Cent.

The ten-album collection includes the 20th anniversary edition of Warren G’s ‘Regulate…G Funk Era,’ which includes the original album plus a bonus 12-inch featuring two remixes of ‘Regulate,’ by Destructo & Wax Motif and Photek.

The full list consists of:

50 Cent, ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’’ — the landmark 2003 album by the hip-hop mainstay which stayed six weeks at No. 1 in the US and has worldwide sales of some 15 million copies

Common, ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ — the Chicago artist’s first US gold-selling album, from 2000

Ghostface, ‘The Pretty Tony Album’ — US top ten LP from 2004 by the Wu-Tang Clan member, his only release not to be credited to Ghostface Killah

Ice Cube, ‘Death Certificate’ — from 1991, the third US platinum seller in a row by one of the pioneers of the hip-hop movement

LL Cool J, ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ — another pacesetter of the genre with one of the albums in his great series of Def Jam releases

Mos Def, ‘Black On Both Sides’ — Brooklyn-born Dante Smith with his first solo success outside of rap duo Black Star, from 1999

N.W.A., ‘Efil4zaggin’ — The hard-hitting Compton rappers with their one No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, released in 1991

Redman, ‘Dare Iz A Darkside’ — Gold-selling 1994 follow-up to ‘Whut? Thee Album’ by the New Jersey rap figurehead

The Game, ‘The Documentary’ — No. 1, double platinum album on the US charts for two weeks by another Compton hero

Warren G, ‘Regulate…G Funk Era’ — Triple platinum US seller from 1994 by the former recording partner of Nate Dogg

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Explore our dedicated LL Cool J, N.W.A., 50 Cent, Common, Ghostface Killah, Ice Cube, Redman and The Game Artist Pages
Listen to our ‘Hip Hop Sampler’ playlist on Spotify here

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