Some Classic Rap-A-Lot Records Artwork & Logos Are Making One Supreme Comeback
Houston, Texas’ Rap-A-Lot Records is one of Rap music’s greatest anomalies. The label founded more than 30 years by James “Lil J” Prince has been largely responsible for the careers of Scarface, Devin The Dude, Z-Ro, and others. Despite its portfolio of platinum and gold albums, the label often keeps a decidedly low profile. Unlike many of its label contemporaries, including Def Jam, Wild Pitch, and Jive Records, much of the Rap-A-Lot music and video catalog is not available on streaming platforms. Moreover, many CD releases, including those by Willie D, The Convicts, and Ganksta N-I-P have long been out of print. For a label that claims some responsibility in the success of Drake, and has recently worked with Juvenile and Bun B, Rap-A-Lot downplays its historical significance as a Black-owned, independent Hip-Hop label that pioneered the Rap industry in the Southwest.
That attitude may be changing. New York City-based Supreme clothing has reached a partnership with J. Prince’s label. Thereby, Supreme’s 2017 line includes a re-release of the legendary Rap-A-Lot Records satin club jacket, its five-panel logo cap, knit beanie, a hooded Geto Boys’ We Can’t Be Stopped artwork sweatshirt, a pillow, and six t-shirts in total. There are various colorways for many of the items.
1991’s We Can’t Be Stopped was the third album from The Geto Boys. Founding member DJ Ready Red left the group during recording, making way for the famed trio photograph of Willie D, Bushwick Bill, and Scarface leaving the hospital. With Bill on an early cellular phone, the incident was a real-life moment from Bill’s near fatal gunshot injury to the head, following an altercation with his girlfriend. In the photo, the most tenured Geto Boy at the time removed his eye-patch to present the gruesome injury.
Prior to the Supreme partnership, Bill expressed regret of the artwork in Brian Coleman’s Check The Technique book. “It still hurts me to look at that cover because that was a personal thing I went through… I still feel the pain from the fact I’ve got a bullet in my brain… I think it was pretty wrong to do it, even though I went along with the program at first.”
The platinum-certified album yielded Geto Boys their biggest hit, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”:
In 2015, while touring, the Geto Boys proposed a crowd-funding opportunity to fans for an eighth album. To be titled Habeas Corpus, the LP raised more than $46,000. However, funding fell short of its $100,000 goal.
These items will be made available April 6, at retail and online locations.