Today Get On Down celebrates their re-release of Raekwon‘s opus, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. To most, Rae’s debut is more famously known, not by the album’s title, but as the “Purple Tape”. Seventeen years removed from the original release of the cassette, it’s legacy has grown. As cassettes become harder to find, that purple-tinted tape has become one of the most revered pieces for rap fans and collectors.
Everyone has a story about the tape. Some remember the details of the day they bought it. If you didn’t have it; you had a story about someone else who did. Everyone owned the album, but if you had one of the original purple tapes, it was a calling card to your authenticity as a Hip Hop head. With the help of the good homies over at STRICTLY CASSETTE, we wanted to take a look at the lore of the tape’s release, highlighting each of the different version of the cassette release of this classic album. [Read More…]