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Introducing VMP Anthology 20: The Story of Memphis Rap, a trunk-rattling nine-album, 11 LP set of Bluff City Bangers — the fourth VMP Anthology produced with Now-Again Records.
VMP Anthology goes beyond the nine albums included in your box. Alongside your box and the albums within it, we provide in-depth, original Listening Notes and a digestible multi-episode podcast series to serve as your definitive guide though these records. VMP Anthology isn’t just a box set, created to gather dust on your shelves — it’s an immersive and transformative story that comes alive for you to spend weeks (or longer!) inside of.
The masters for this lo-fi, cassette-based movement were often just that: cassettes themselves. In many, if not all, instances, the original masters have been lost, but Now-Again Records searched far and wide for the best iterations of the music within The Story of Memphis Rap. Restored and remastered by Jason Bitner, and with lacquers cut by Cicely Balston at AIR Mastering, these albums are presented at their trunk-rattling best.
Go beyond the albums by reading our 28-page Listening Notes booklet, written by box producer Torii MacAdams. It covers the genesis of Memphis rap and why these albums are so pivotal to the musical history of the Bluff City. Our accompanying podcast features interviews with some of the artists on the box, telling their own story of Memphis rap. Find it on streaming services when your Anthology ships, and listen to each corresponding episode as you make your way through the records in your box.