More than three decades have passed since kindred music heads Michael Ross and the late Matt Dike launched Delicious Vinyl, an independent, Los Angeles based record label that has embodied the ethos of quality over quantity since its inception. The Delicious Vinyl catalog boasts some of the most beloved and revered long players from the likes of the Brand New Heavies, Def Jef, Masta Ace, The Pharcyde, Tone Lōc, and Young MC, among others.
Two weeks from today on July 20th, Craft Recordings is set to reissue five classic Delicious Vinyl LPs with remastered audio: Tone Lōc’s debut Lōc-ed After Dark (1989; featuring the singles “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina”), Young MC’s inaugural Stone Cold Rhymin’ (1989; “Bust a Move” and “Principal’s Office”), Masta Ace Incorporated’s SlaughtaHouse (1993; “Jeep Ass Niguh” and “SlaughtaHouse”) and Sittin’ on Chrome (1995; “Born to Roll” and “The I.N.C. Ride”), and The Pharcyde’s sophomore effort Labcabincalifornia (1995; “Runnin’” and “Drop”).
If these hip-hop gems don’t already reside on your shelves, then it’s a mighty fine time to make room for them now. Reserve your copies of these special reissues here or here and and revisit a handful of video highlights below.