There are many Keylo Giving Up The Funk albums in the hands of rap collectors, but do you know which version is on your shelf? Since we have all of the releases on CD and cassette tape, we’ll show you what to look out for.
The one reason people outside of the Bay Area know about Keylo is because the track Playin’ For Keeps from his debut album was featured on Master P’s West Coast Bad Boyz Anotha Level Of The Game compilation. On the original release from 1994 you will find a photo of the Keylo Giving Up The Funk cassette tape on the back traycard.
Just by looking at just the album covers it’s hard to tell the two apart, unless you’re holding them next to each other. Below are both releases of the CD side by side so you can see the differences for yourself. The original Giving Up The Funk is on the left, and the Giving Up The Funk re-release is on the right. The front cover of the re-release is definitely brighter than the original.
When you turn the albums over and look at the rear traycards, you can begin to see the major differences. The most obvious thing to look out for is that the original release on 2-Dope Records & Rat Ta Tat Records did not have any distribution, but the re-release did have distribution and features a large Solar Music Group logo on the back.
Below are both releases of the rear traycard of the compact disc side by side. The original is on the left, and the re-release is on the right.
Here are both of the CD’s side by side showing the differences in the darkness of the printing. The 1st press is on the left, and the re-release is on the right.
Below are scans of both of the CD matrix/ringcodes side by side showing that they’re exactly the same: 2DR0417 Mastered By Nimbus