The Story of Memphis Rap, a Now-Again x Vinyl Me, Please release. Nine album box set that follows previous Now-Again Anthologies like The Story of Zamrock and The Story of Tribe Records.
The Story of Memphis Rap is told through a trunk-rattling nine-album, 11-LP slice of the origins of Memphis Rap, capturing a city and a scene as it began to create the most distinctive rap music of the ’90s. Each of these nine albums has been issued under the guidance and license of its creators, and is the definitive vinyl issue.
Box Set Details:
Heavyweight two-piece slipcase and slash box – first edition limited to 1000 pieces.
Pressed on 180g black vinyl with heavyweight tip-on jackets.
Vinyl Me, Please designed letter-sized booklet with extensive liner notes and newly unearthed photos.
“This is important, to really know the honesty and truth about how far it goes down in Memphis… and who is responsible, and who did things…. Things can be deleted – things that need to known, you feel me? We are reassured of having a purpose, and being a part of this important scene. You know how the game is.
– Gangsta Blac
Introducing The Story of Memphis Rap, a trunk-rattling nine-album, 11-LP slice of the origins of Memphis Rap, capturing a city and a scene as it began to create the most distinctive rap music of the ’90s. The Story of Memphis Rap – a collaboration between VMP and Now-Again Records, like previous anthologies The Story of Zamrock, The Story of Tribe Records and The Story of Ghetto Records – collects nine albums that were originally released within Bluff City limits and occasionally to other cities in the region.
This was a unique hip hop strain – visceral and often vicious. It was a local, low-fi, cassette-tape based movement – yet it went on to change the course of rap music.
“This keeps the legacy rolling and the legacy means everything. It’s your reputation – your name – and you guard it with everything. And this is keeping it out, and alive, in the world…. to that even those that don’t know, but want to know, can find out about what happened. It can be archived. Forever.
– Skinny Pimp
These albums have never been pressed on vinyl – until now…From Skinny Pimp and Carmike to Gangsta Blac and Shawty Pimp, these albums have been relegated to the proverbial bins of history and bootlegged, with unofficial copies still fetching top dollar on the secondary market. The albums in this box set were all licensed directly from their original creators, and come on black vinyl with artist-approved imagery for their first LP iterations packaged in an slipcase box.
∙ Gimisum Family – Gimisum Family (1993)
∙ Skinny Pimp – Vol. 1 (1993)
∙ Gangsta Blac – Breakin Da Law (1994)
∙ Carmike – Comin’ At Yo Ass (1994)
∙ Shawty Pimp & MC Spade – Vol. 2: Gotta Get My Pimp On (1994)
∙ MC Money & Gangsta Gold – Da Hard Ov Frayser (1995)
∙ DJ Zirk – Looken for tha Chewin (1996)
∙ Lil Ced – Playin’ by the Rules (1997)
∙ MC Mack – Chapters of tha Mack for Life (2000)
VMP Anthology is a reinvented, immersive box set experience for music fans willing to journey beyond the liner notes. Each Anthology features expert storytelling, exclusive inserts, and a collectors-edition vinyl box set. Now-Again Records has produced three previous Anthologies with VMP – The Story of Ghetto Records, The Story of Tribe Records and The Story of Zamrock. Other VMP Anthology issues honor The Grateful Dead, Blue Note Records, the Women of Motown, Ghostly International, Stax Records, Herbie Hancock, Metal Blade Records, Vanguard Records, Philadelphia International Records, Quincy Jones, and Willie Nelson.