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Hip Hop Sampler

With the original Hip Hop Sampler 2LP released as a Promotional Only set in 1994 and limited to 1250 copies, it was obviously a highly sought-after item. Not surprisingly, it was bootleged at the beginning of 2002, twice again late 2002 and now in 2003.

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Bootleg #1

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The first bootleg to appear:

  • The original comes in a gatefold sleeve, while the bootleg comes in a standard sleeve. Both versions are plain white.
  • Another sleeve difference is the fact that the original has a sticker on the front and back, while the bootleg is missing the back sticker.
  • The vinyl labels look quite different when compared. Note that the bootleg does not come with any Capitol Records or Grand Royal logos.
  • The catalogue number found on the sticker on the front cover states "SPRO-79481" for both issues. This number is not actually used on the vinyl of either version, but the original does have similar numbering "SPRO-79461", "SPRO-79463", "SPRO-79472" and "SPRO-79473". The bootleg however uses "BB001" as the catalogue number on every side of the two 12"s.
  • The vinyl runout groove of the original has the "SPRO" catalogue number and the name "Wally" (which features on quite a few Beastie Boys records) etched into it, as well as "Mastered by Capitol" printed in it. The bootleg simply has "BB001" etched onto each record.

Bootleg #2

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A close copy of the original, but still with noticable differences:

  • Again this version come in a standard white sleeve as opposed to a gatefold one.
  • The front sleeve has a sticker but it is a poor duplication. It is quite dark and the printing is not as fine as the original.
  • The back sleeve sticker is a lot smaller on the bootleg (12cm/4.5") than on the original (17cm/6.75"). Again the printing is not as fine.
  • The vinyl labels are near perfect on this bootleg. Only slightly less quality than the original, the only noticable difference is the fact that the original has 2 ridges running around the middle of the label while the bootleg only has one.
  • The etchings on the bootleg runout groove has "SPRO 79461/79463" while the original has "SPRO 79461".
  • This bootleg is also missing the "Wally" etching and "Mastered by Capitol" stamp.

Bootleg #3

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The bootleg with the most blatant differences:

  • Another non-gatefold sleeve, this version has printed images unlike the stickers used in all the other versions.
  • The logo is used on both sides instead of a track listing.
  • The front cover also has text printed on the top ("Limited Edition Promotional Double Vinyl") and bottom ("Includes remixes by Soul Assassins-Dust Brothers-Buck Wild-Large Professor"), which is not present on any of the others.
  • The vinyl labels are extremely similar to Bootleg #1, but not exact. A slightly different font is used between the two.
  • Again, this bootleg is more similar to Bootleg #1 with the etchings. It has "BB-001" but much larger than the other bootleg.
Bootleg #4
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This bootleg is simply a cutdown version of Bootleg #3:

  • This version is exactly the same as Bootleg #3 except that it comes in a plain white die-cut sleeve. The vinyl-labels and etchings are identical.

Other Bootleg Samplers

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The two Bootleg Sampler style 12"s to the left are both imitations of the original Hip Hop Sampler. The first one entitled "Instore Sampler" actually containing 8 tracks, all of which are found on the original Hip Hop Sampler. The other Bootleg continues the martial arts theme on the vinyl label and features 11 tracks with a lot of them featured on the original. Where as the original was two 12"s, these both are single 12"s and come in generic die-cut sleeves (Black for the first one and White for the second).

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