The vinyl renaissance is a phenomenon that’s been well-covered in the media, but bubbling up just under the surface is the return of another formerly maligned format: the cassette tape. Because of how cheap they are to reproduce combined with a linger sense of nostalgia, cassettes have quietly made a significant comeback in the musical marketplace.
One figure who seems especially excited about this return to tape is Detroit rapper Eminem who has decided to re-release his 1999 sophomore album The Slim Shady LP on cassette.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) March 7, 2016
The Slim Shady LP was a smash success when it debuted on February 23, 1999 and eventually went on to sell well over five million copies. While it might be odd to re-release a record outside any kind of anniversary these days, it seems like Eminem’s sheer fondness for cassettes has compelled him to revisit this album.
As he posted on Instagram a little while back, he’s got his own tape collection at home stocked with classics by N.W.A, Biz Markie, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy to name but a few.