The vast majority of the albums I find in the clearance rack are from underground or local artists. Although at this point I’ve bought 3-4 of Busta’s projects off the rack, for the most part, CD’s from main stream, commercially viable rappers are extremely difficult to find for $2. If they do exist, 99% of the time they are edited, or from an artist the Hip-Hop community is blissfully happy to have forgotten about, a la Lil Bow Wow or Will Smith. Still, every now and again you get surprised. Chances are, it won’t be by a corporate icon like Eminem or Jay-Z, but it is possible to get projects from their homies or label mates such as Obie Trice, or in my most recent case Beanie Sigel.
This past Wednesday, thanks to our incredible veterans, I had the day off from work, and decided to spend it by buying new music. Apparently no Hip-Hop fans had even glanced at the clearance rack in Amoeba for weeks, because by the time I was finished scanning all the rows of plastic rectangles, I had a stack of literally 30 rap CD’s that I had serious interest in, and I still had plans of picking up some jazz as well. In a perfect world, this wouldn’t be a problem in the least bit, but I have a limited income and had to cut the number down to around 9 discs, which is never an easy task for a music addict. After mixing and matching to have as diverse a line up as possible, I ended up with one commercial rap album: Beanie Sigel’s The Reason.