As I stated before, I collect comic book action figures as a hobby but I also have a more grown up one as well. I don’t know, call me a hoarder but I also collect music CDs from different genres such as Hip-Hop, Soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, Hip-Hop and did I say Hip-Hop?!? Some of the CDs in my possession are really rare and out of print gems from the ’80s and ’90s and I’m very proud of my collection thus far.
To date, I have around 404 CDs in my possession and recently bought around 8 more off http://www.bonemusicstore.com that I’m still waiting on to come in the mail. I couldn’t part with any of my CDs even the ones that aren’t worth much because like any collector they are near and dear to me. A friend of mine did ask me though that if I was ever stranded and only had to chose one album that I could listen to from all of my collection what would it be? I told him without any shadow of a doubt it would be E 1999 Eternal from Bone Thugs~n~Harmony. I have been building my Bone Thugs collection since I got my first job back in High School and love most, if not, all of the albums they put out but E 1999 Eternal has the most replay value to me.
I currently have 16 of the 18 tracks on my phone (I use the MP3 player that comes with all cell phones for convenience sake) and about 91 Bone Thugs tracks all together, not counting the solo songs or Bone Thug affiliates. I know a lot of Bone fans threw in the towel, especially due to the much hyped Uni5 album, and how it didn’t live up to the hype. However, I’ve been following this group since middle school and I guess when you follow an actor or musician for so long, you get emotionally invested in them. If you ask me why Uni5 flopped the way it did, I will point out that Warner Brothers did have a hand in that because the songs that were cut off the album were bangers, but I would also put the blame on the Thugs themselves.
A “true” comeback album to me doesn’t just mean Bizzy is back in the group and Flesh coming home from 10 year stint in lock-down. To me, a true comeback means all that plus all the production handled by DJ U-Neek and Tony C (their old producers they had since back in the day). I will go more in depth with this topic one of these days because I need a new post just for Bone Thugs alone and I’m here to talk hobby.
A lot of people ask me, “Why are you buying your music? Just download them for free” and I tell them that these albums need to be heard and even though I’m not buying them from a store per sé, I’m still supporting these artists because they need us just as much as we need their music. Also, when my computer crashes or gets too infected with viruses that I need to reformat, I have all the songs on hard copy and not have to go search high and low for songs that were very hard to find.
One of the reasons why I’m collecting these albums isn’t just for the music, it’s also for when it comes to CDs becoming obsolete like 12″ Vinyl’s, the CDs will increase in value. Now imagine how much, say, Above the Law’s Uncle Sam’s Curse album originally pressed in 1994 will be worth 10 or 20 years from now with compact disks being obsolete. As I’m writing this post, it’s worth about $75 on eBay, so I’m trying to make sure my grand kids have food on their plates and can go to college. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’.