Eminem once spent $600 on a cassette copy of Nas’ studio debut album Illmatic.
A lifelong collector, the “Without Me” hitmaker loves chasing down hard-to-find items and when he decided he needed an unopened copy of the 1994 classic, he went all out to get his hands on one.
“Man, I couldn’t find that s### nowhere,” Eminem told Paul Rosenberg and DJ Whoo Kid during a Clubhouse room chat as part of his Shady Con online event.
“I finally found one and it cost like 500 to 600 dollars for a sealed copy,” Eminem added, “because who the f### had a copy of Illmatic and didn’t open it? Nobody.
“I think it’s backstock from what record stores had in the back storage – the tapes that never sold, so they just kept them and sold them online. That’s the only thing I can think of.”
The rapper launched his digital festival, Shady Con, last week, giving fans the chance to own a variety of Eminem-approved non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles, as well as some original instrumental beats.