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DJ Pizzo just had a triple heart attack while perusing the internet for new Fall hip-hop releases, when suddenly he was blindsided by gorgeous deluxe box set editions of classic releases from Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, M.F. Doom, and Boogie Down Productions. Here they are:

Sony Music and Traffic Entertainment Group proudly present Mecca And The Soul Brother, the critically acclaimed 1992 debut album from the Mount Vernon duo, Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The album is considered as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. Boasting tracks such as the first single, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, a dedication to their deceased friend; “Trouble T-Roy”, which went on to become not only their signature hit, but also one of Hip Hop’s all-time great songs. The album is propelled forward by Rock’s quick, soulful interludes; usually bits of old R&B tunes layered with his signature trumpet and sax loops. Smooth’s liquid freestyle delivery pieces together the perfect vocal match that, together, creates a sprawling, nearly 80-minute-long album on which not a single song or interlude is a throwaway or a superfluous piece. Named one of the essential recordings of the 90s by Rolling Stone, among numerous other accolades, Mecca and the Soul Brother stands up without ever really dating itself and is now available in a beautiful 2xCD box set edition.

The first disc features the original 16 album tracks, remastered from the original masters recordings. The second disc contains 15 bonus versions and exclusives. Both discs come housed in individual ‘paste on’ style sleeves with brightly-colored printed dust sleeves. A 20-page book features in-depth liner notes written by Brian Coleman with contributions from Dante Ross, Pete Rock and CL Smooth. All this plus a full sized poster to boot. This reissue of an early 90s classic is a must have for any music collector or fan of good music. Order @ UGHH.

MF DOOM is the man in the iron mask. The most mysterious figure in hip-hop has also become one of the most popular, supplying beats and rhymes for Gorillaz, De La Soul, Madlib, Danger Mouse, and Wu-Tang Clan, and drawing praise from heavyweights like Just Blaze, Nas, and Mos Def. Since 2002, DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip-hop history.

This limited edition 10-piece vinyl box set compiles the entire 10-volume Special Herbs series, much of which has never before been available on wax packaged in metallic silver jackets. In addition, the box features an exclusive DOOM poster, a download card for the entire series PLUS 10 additional DOOM beats, and a bonus 7″ with two more instrumentals from the metalfaced producer. Unlike 2006′s 3-CD Special Herbs mix, this collection contains all the beats in their full, original form, making it the definitive DOOM instrumental anthology. Order @ UGHH.

Traffic Entertainment Group and B-Boy Records are proud to present one of the most influential and original albums in music history: Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions. KRS-ONE’s combination of street slang and Webster’s dictionary knowledge backed by Scott La Rock’s hard hitting, minimal beats help set this album apart when it was originally released in 1986. A true classic, Criminal Minded was included in Vibe Magazine’s 100 Essential Albums of the 20th century and finally this legendary album is available in a much anticipated, 3xCD box set edition.

The first disc features the original ten album tracks; all cuts remastered from the original masters. The second disc contains rare 12″ cuts and alternative versions as well as exclusive and previously unreleased radio spots and audio footage. Disc three offers all 10 album instrumentals plus 3 early 12″ instrumentals available for the first time on CD. All three discs come housed in individual ‘paste on’ style sleeves with a full color printed dust sleeves sporting the original B-Boy Records graffiti logo. A 44-page book boasts never before seen artwork and is packed with original illustrations by KRS-ONE himself, vintage BDP promotional flyers, unreleased photography, full lyric sheets, and in depth liner notes written by Brian Coleman with KRS-ONE. All this plus a full sized poster to boot. This reissue of this definitive rap album is a must have for any music collector or fan of contemporary American music in general. We invite you to experience Criminal Minded again for the first time. Order @ UGHH.

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6 Responses to "Boner-Inducing Deluxe Box Sets From Pete Rock, MF Doom, BDP Coming"
  • WuBrotha#1 says:

    That MF Doom vinyl set is looking extra, extra healthy…

  • khordkutta says:

    WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • elephantitus says:

    No vinyl for Mecca and the Soul Brother is just wrong.

  • Christopher says:

    I knew Pizzo would have a heart attack with In N Out so close to the storefront all those years.

  • Mike Harris says:

    When I first heard Criminal Minded, I was…

    …hanging out with some dudes after track practice in junior high.

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