Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – September 2017
The Vinyl Me, Please mission statement is to “…help people explore, experience, and enjoy music on a deeper level.” They curate an incredible experience around an album each month, and members get access to all sorts of bonus online content throughout the month.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Vinyl Me, Please
The Cost: US – $29 per month / $81 per 3 months / $299 per year
International – $42 per month / $108 per 3 months / $399 per year
The Products: A specially selected limited edition vinyl LP, a cocktail recipe to be paired with the music, an original piece of art, access to “The Standard” (VMP’s online magazine), access to forums, special deals on other albums
Ships to: Everywhere, cost included in membership
Ships via: USPS
The month’s album is an absolute classic – an album that had a huge effect on hip-hop in the 90’s!
Each delivery comes with a cocktail mix to accompany the music and a foreword from the Vinyl Me, Please team.
It also always includes a unique piece of LP-sized artwork. This is a nice callout to that iconic Biggie Smalls picture while wearing the crown – personally, it’s the one I always think of.
Ready To Die – Notorious B.I.G.
I’d be lying if I told you that I was a huge fan when this album was released in 1994. What I do remember is hearing Juicy and Big Poppa ALL the time, and it changed a lot of the landscape for rap at the time. It brought us Puff Daddy, first of all, but it also was a new entry into the New York hip-hop scene – and something that was a little more commercial than Wu-Tang. West Coast had been nailing a lot of commercial success, but, to me, this was the beginning of a ton of East Coast hip-hop success.
It arrives as a double 190-gram LP. The sleeves contain some extra artwork – and the first sleeve has the liner notes.
Even the inside of the LP has a little bit of hidden artwork! I loved this surprise touch.
Both records have a color spatter look to them – but they’re also individually colored – it helps to pick out album 1 from 2 much easier. These look fantastic spinning. too.
This album features a few of his biggest hits, especially Juicy and Big Poppa, but it also has a ton of other great songs like Gimme The Loot, Who Shot Ya, and The What with Method Man! I’m glad that Vinyl Me, Please is spanning across a bunch of genres – I like being kept on my toes, even if it’s just revisiting old classics – VMP totally got me into a Fugees kick when they send The Score!
Verdict: This was another hit from the time it was announced for me – growing up mostly in the 90’s, there were a bunch of influential albums across a bunch of genres – and they’ve hit on another one of those albums this month. I also really appreciated how beautiful the LPs were themselves – that’s one of my favorite parts of this subscription.
What did you think of the September 2017 Vinyl Me, Please?