Kanye West’s polarizing fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak, will soon be re-mastered and reissued on vinyl as part of a new reissue campaign from Universal Music. “Respect The Classics” will “spotlight iconic, genre-defining albums” from the expansive catalogues of Universal subsidiaries Def Jam, Interscope, Priority, and Virgin Records.
The series kicks off on October 22nd with DMX’s first two albums — 1998’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh Of My Flesh Blood Of My Blood — and will continue next month with releases by 50 Cent, Slick Rick, and Public Enemy. Although the release dates are still unlisted, Yeezy will soon find company in Tupac, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Common, N.E.R.D., and more. Beyond new remasters, it doesn’t appear that any of the releases will pack new or exclusive content.
Consult the as-yet-to-be-completed schedule below.
Respect the Classics Release Dates:
10/22 – DMX’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (2xLP, gold vinyl)
10/22 – DMX’s Flesh Of My Flesh Blood Of My Blood (2xLP, clear with blood-splattered)
11/12 – 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2xLP, platinum vinyl)
11/12 – Slick Rick’s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
11/12 – Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
TBD – Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP
TBD – Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter
TBD – Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak
TBD – Common’s Like Water For Chocolate
TBD – N.E.R.D.’s In Search Of… (2xLP)
TBD – 2Pac’s Greatest Hits
TBD – D12’s Devils Night
TBD – D12’s D12 World