Originally, the B side of Hitler Wears Hermes 8 was supposed to be the final album in Westside Gunn’s series, but the rapper told Peter Rosenberg that he felt it was only right doing 10 projects to round things out. There was technically no Hitler Wears Hermes 9, but the B side of the 8th project in the series serves as the 9th.
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“It’s only right that we end here. All special things get a memorial release” Westside Gunn says. “The last double album was going to be the final one, but it felt weird leaving off at nine and not 10. I had to celebrate this series which has meant so much to fans. Everything I do sounds nothing like the last thing I did. That’s the creative in me, and I’m always going to push the culture forward. I’m ending this on a really special note with 10.”
The list of features on this album is crazy. Making appearances are Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey as Black Star, Killer Mike and El-P as Run The Jewels, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface, Raekwon and more. Production comes form the likes of RZA, The Alchemist and Swizz Beatz.
It also looks like the name of the album has been changed at last minute from Hitler Wears Hermes 10 to just 10. You can stream the album below.