This is Why Eminem Paid $600 For an ‘Illmatic’ Cassette

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Eminem recently hopped on Clubhouse to talk about his collection of hip-hop memorabilia.

Over the weekend, Eminem made an appearance on the Clubhouse app to promote his ShadyCon event. Joined by his manager Paul Rosenberg and DJ Whoo Kid, the conversation eventually turned to his large collection of hip-hop memorabilia. During the conversation, Eminem revealed one of his rarer finds: an unopened copy of Nas’ classic debut album Illmatic on cassette tape.

“I’ve been collecting since I was a kid,” he said, “everything from comic books to baseball cards to toys, as well as every rap album on cassette I could get my hands on. Not much has changed for me as an adult.”

When asked if any particular pieces of memorabilia that stood out, Em opened up about the Illmatic tape, which he bought for between $500 and $600. It is uncertain what the album’s speculative value is at this point.

“I think it’s backstock from what records stores had in the back storage,” he said. “The tapes that never sold and they just kept them. That’s the only thing I can think of. Cause nobody’s going to have a f—ing Illmatic tape and not open it.”

On Sunday, Eminem launched the ShadyCon event with an NFT launch. At the event, some original instrumentals were up for auction, as well as Eminem comics and (virtual) action figures. Get more information about ShadyCon at the event’s official website.

“I’ve attempted to re-create some of those collections from that time in my life and I know I’m not alone,” he said about the new merchandise. “I wanted to give this drop the same vibe of, ‘Oh, man I gotta get just that one or maybe even the whole set!’ It’s been a lot of fun coming up with ideas from my own collecting passion.”

Stay tuned for further updates on Eminem.

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