vinyl library #1: smino’s ‘blkswn’

I’ve finally gotten my life together enough to add a series on here where I show off my vinyl collection in real life, instead of just on Discogs. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while! As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve gotten really into collecting records over the past couple of months (it’s helping me not completely lose my mind lol); it’s an expensive hobby (my pockets are burning right now), but it’s so worth it.

It’s such a cool experience to have and hold my favorite projects. I used to be a big CD fan. In fact, I still have my CDs in a case in my closet for good luck and nostalgic crying. Being able to experience them tangibly just HITS different. So I’ll be spending some time on here every week showing a piece of my collection (and my amateur photography skills) some love. Plus, I figured it could be helpful to show what the project looks like, just in case you were in the market for the same thing. Sometimes that helps me decide on whether or not I actually want to buy something. I’ll also be including the link to where I got each project – if it still is in stock lol, as well as some really brief info on the specs and the Discogs link to the version of the records I have. You can find the Discogs link to my entire record collection here.

This week we have Smino’s ‘blkswn’ (2017)

the 18 tracks that make up blkswn come split between two clear lps, which look AMAZING in contrast with the purples and magentas that make up colors on the album’s cover, sleeve, and inserts.

lol now you can see the golf le fleur tattoos i always reference

This one was a project I was VERY excited to finally be able to pick up. It was kind of expensive from what I was seeing on Discogs, though. The lowest it’s currently going – which is the same as around the time I purchased it – is $40, with the highest ask being for $200…lol.

I wouldn’t consider this project one of my white whales, but it was one that I wanted to have if I could. I had been looking for Uzi’s Luv is Rage (2015), and I just so happened to find blkswn on the same website that I found Luv is Rage. I let it sit for a week – I figured if it was meant for me, it would still be there when I was ready to buy it – and it was still there when I went back to check. So I took that as a sign that I should go ahead and snatch it up, before I ended up needing to pay a lot more for it. At the end, I ended up only paying $38. And I love that for me lol.

Lil’ Facts

Officially became a part of the collection on July 22nd 2020

Bought from: Burlington Records

Year of Album Release: 2017

Runtime: 63 minutes

Discogs Release Page

Jacket Style: Gatefold

Format: 2LP

Lowest Price on Discogs (as of 8/7/20): $40

Highest Price on Discogs (as of 8/7/20): $200

Record Player Set Up Specs:

Turntable: Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT-BK Automatic Bluetooth Turntable in Black (from Turntable Lab)

Speakers: Edifier R1280DB Powered Speakers in Black (from Turntable Lab)

also here’s a pic of my cat – she kept staring at me while i was taking pictures of blkswn, and i figured she obvi wanted me to take a pic of her.

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