May 29, 2016. Got old Seattle rap albums collecting dust on a shelf somewhere? Maybe you already reclaimed the space and they’re sitting in an attic long-forgotten. Hopefully you didn’t throw them out, though, as it turns out there might be quite the market for some old Seattle Rap records. Modern engineering practice for music releases and re-releases tends to include adding or editing the original playlist from the original album version. While some people (squares) don’t mind or even enjoy these changes, real Seattle OG’s believe the original cut is worth spending the additional cheddar.
This translates to listings on eBay for certain Rap records at astronomical prices. It’s unknown if these early Seattle Rap albums will reach the level of other Seattle musician’s such as Patrinell Staton’s “Little Love Affair” which sold for $3500; but we’ve seen several Seattle Rap albums such as original copies of the Emerald Street Boys early releases and Sir Mixalot’s early Nastymix singles regularly going for $500 – $1000. It is believed that Indie Seattle Rap records in particular might be valuable to collectors for other reasons. Local DJ and Hip Hop Icon JP Scratches says “Early Seattle Rap LP’s are a rarity. Finding an early eighties cassette tape from Seattle is hard enough; but finding records is nearly impossible.” Because of this, certain Seattle Rap collectors are convinced that these LP RECORDS are worth something.”
According to Seattle Hip Hop Historian and Legendary DJ Mr. Supreme, the “white-whale” of Seattle Rap is the rumored 2-copy pressing by Sir Mixalot contemporary “Baron Von Scratch”. If one of these copies was to ever surface there is no telling what sort of numbers the bidding might reach.
On the hot investment list are pre-1992 LP Records by Seattle Rap Artists the Emerald Street Boys, Sir Mixalot (Nastymix label), Incredicrew featuring Chelley Chelle, Chilly Uptown, High Performance, Criminal Nation, Kid Sensation, and Moving Target featuring David Toledo/Dawny Toledo/Esera Mose.
While it’s possible some Rap records are indeed worth quite a bit, you may also be able to find some of the more heavily produced (aka successful) artist material (Such as Sir Mixalot, Edawg, and Kid Sensation) at a very reasonable price.
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