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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Dwindling CD sales getting you down? Wondering why the rap game can’t buy you a pack of gum? Then take a leaf out of the video game industry’s book of rip-off’s tricks – the Collector’s Edition. Why settle for selling your new album for $15 when you can make a $150 version? Here are some suggested ‘Limited Edition’ sets for soon to be released rap albums:
Raekwon The Chef - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II – 38th Chamber Collector’s Set
Not only do you get the long-awaited sequel to one of rap’s greatest albums in a hand-engraved metal CD tin, this essential package also includes purple triple-vinyl, a purple cassette, a mini version of Ghostface‘s Gold Eagle bracelet, a razor and a DVD with exclusive footage of Joe Budden getting punched in his eye.
Jay-Z - Blueprint 3 – Prestige Edition
Oprah‘s new favorite rap dude returns to reclaim his crown or whatever it is he does now, with his Uber-Limited version offering fans the new CD wrapped in rice-paper, a signed glamor shot of Beyonce, a scale model of Jay’s yacht, some S.Dot sandals and a copy of Jigga‘s latest stock portfolio.
Rakim - The 7th Seal – God’s Edition
Rakim Allah is back to bring deep thinking back to the rap game, and this Special Edition is ideal for long-time fans who want the complete experience. Includes a copy of the DAT tape with the 40 songs he recorded for Aftermath, a copy of the restraining order he had taken out against Eric B, a replica of the cowboy hat he sported at the Hip-Hop Honors and his favorite recipes for fish.
MOP - The Foundation – Brownsville Collectors Version
After sitting on the shelf at Roc-A-Fella and G-Unit, the long awaited follow-up to Warriorz is being shipped with an aluminum baseball bat, a mini-bar collection of bourbons and whiskeys, a gun-shaped lighter, knuckle-dusters and a replica hand grenade.
The Roots - How I Got Over – Night Late Collectors Set
The hip-hop band take a quick break from Late Night to serve the okayplayer brigade another hit. Within the TV-shaped tin is a 500 page book, featuring ?uestlove‘s Top 100 Twitter Updates, an essay detailing the story of how each snare was recorded and mixed on every song of the album, a list of the band’s favorite pr0n stars for possible future video roles and the complete transcript of a candid conversation about 50’s jazz music between Jimmy Fallon and Amir. Also includes a frozen Philly cheese steak and an autographed drumstick.
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