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RECCO Spec Coll 101

Classic Crates Collection, 1959-2015: Guide

Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: RECCO Spec Coll 101
Repository: Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Classic Crates Collection
Date(s): 1959-2015
Quantity: 1.625 linear feet
Quantity: Each Classic Crates title is represented by: a) 1 archival box including an LP version of that title, and approximately 5 LPs containing the original "sampled" recordings; b) 1 box of documentation including album artwork, a "classic liner notes" section contributed by a writer in the field of Hiphop studies, a track list, lyrics, credits, a complete sample list, and a selected list of samples with their album credits.
Language of materials: English

Processing Information:

Processed by: Peter Laurence
Finding aid encoded by: Peter Laurence

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to research.


Classic Crates titles are organized by accession date.

Content Description

Classic Crates is a collection of classic vinyl records and related documentation that is built around the idea of HipHop "standards." Selection of titles for the collection is based on the assessment of some of Hiphop's major producers and deejays (DJs), under the leadership of Hiphop Archive Fellow (2013) and producer 9th Wonder. Classic Crates refers to the range of recordings and musical genres that can be called the Hiphop Standards Book, in that they represent the definitive repertoires in the variations of Hiphop lyricism, music and production widely known and referenced by Hiphop musicians. The collection will eventually number 200 LP titles, and each title will include extensive documentation and a collection of approximately 5 LPs that were sampled in the making of that record.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Rap (Music)
Popular music - United States
Reggae music