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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Recording artist Eminem performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

 EMINEM is a serious collector.  And one of the stranger things he collects is rap albums ON CASSETTE.

One of the more elusive ones was “Illmatic” by NAS.  But he finally DID find one, STILL SEALED.  And he paid between $500 and $600 for it.

He says, quote, “I think it’s backstock from what records stores had in the back storage.  The tapes that never sold and they just kept them.  That’s the only thing I can think of.

“‘Cause nobody’s going to have [an effing] ‘Illmatic’ tape and not open it.”