Buy a brick from rap­per’s home

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT -

WHAT with ev­ery­body steal­ing mu­sic these days, artists have to earn their money in other ways, such as, oh, sell­ing bricks.

At shop.em­inem.com — rap­per Em­inem’s of­fi­cial web­site — you can buy an ac­tual brick from the ac­tual house in Detroit where he ac­tu­ally grew up. Re­ally.

His 2000 al­bum The Mar­shall Mathers LP — the mid­dle part be­ing his birth name — is now 16 years old, and there’s a lim­ited-edi­tion re-re­lease. The al­bum’s cover, you’ll re­call, had a pic­ture of MM sit­ting in front of his house; hence the brick gim­mick.

Like much of the Mo­tor City’s hous­ing stock, the home was a tum­ble­down wreck. It was de­mol­ished in 2013. Only 700 bricks were sal­vaged for sale. The brick/al­bum combo will cost you US$313 (313 be­ing Detroit’s area code). The brick comes with a num­bered cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity and a dis­play stand.

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