Rare US Promo Hip Hop Albums (No Retail Releases Available)
updated 6 months ago
Some of the best albums of the early 90s, predominantly of the years 91-92, have never seen a regular release on vinyl due to two developments:
1. Hip Hop music caught attention by major labels in the late 80s.
2. The CD has been introduced in the 80s. It was cheaper to produce, but could be sold for a higher price. Hence the labels tried to force the customer to buy the CD release with CD only bonus tracks or by even not releasing commercial vinyl versions. Some of those records have at least been released as very limited vinyl promo pressings (usually next to the european retail release) or even just test pressings.
Those promo items have been hard to get back then (nowaydays even more) and are highly collectable!
Usually they came with a hype sticker directly attached to a plain die-cut sleeve as promotional albums have been shipped unsealed/without a shrink wrap, which makes them even more hard to get in a pristine condition.
Be aware that some (or maybe even most) of those records have been bootlegged. Some have been made to look similar to the original pressing to scam collectors. Don't buy this shit or at least get it cheap!