Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx: 20th Anniversary Purple Tape Watch Box

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Description: In collaboration with Raekwon Get On Down Records created the 20th Anniversary Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Purple Tape Watch Box deluxe reissue on cassette.


• 20th Anniversary edition released in collaboration with Raekwon, who designed the sets look & feel

• A Purple Cassette of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is housed in a premium, Watch Box display case with white stitching, an embossed silver-on-black Raekwon logo, and a The Purple Tape silver placard on front

• Full color outer box with wrap-around original cover artwork

• Cassette only: repressing of the original famed Purple Tape, with full audio from 1995 album

• 118-page hardcover book, featuring lyrics to all songs and liner notes by Chris Faraone and Raekwon, plus photos and other visuals pertaining to albums 1995 release

• Only 1,995 copies available worldwide for this 2015 Anniversary pressing

Hip-hop fans who will salivate at this reissue likely already know some of the backstory: in 1995, worldwide Wu-Tang frenzy was at an all-time high. First, of course, there had been the Wu-Tangs epic 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which changed the shape of hip-hop to come, with ripples that still resonate today. Then the solo albums, all produced by Wu patriarch RZA: first was Method Mans Tical (late 1994), then Ol Dirty Bastards Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (spring 1995).

By the time Raekwons debut was ready, fans were knocking each other over on album release day. And so, on August 1, 1995 as the legend goes, the first 10,000 cassette buyers ran home and opened their plastic cases to discover that the tape itself was an unexpected, stunning shade of lavender.

The rest, as they say, is history… and limited-edition history at that. After the initial purple versions, RCA Records switched to the usual clear plastic to house the legendary tape. The Purple Tape became an instant collectors item, a Holy Grail for Wu-Tang disciples, coveted by those who could claim to be the earliest devotees of Raekwons lyrical genius. The album is still called The Purple Tape to this day, by Raekwon and other Wu-Tang members.

Colors aside, though, lets not forget the album itself. Backed by arguably RZAs most wide-ranging, hard-hitting and at-times lush beats on any Wu-Tang family album before or since, Raekwon and co-MC Ghost Face Killer run the lyrical gamut, introducing Wu-Gambinos slang, dishing out Ice Cream, and melting Glaciers of Ice along the way to influencing just about every MC who followed in their wake.

Beyond Ghost Face (who shines on 12 out of the albums 17 tracks), guest appearances from Nas, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Master Killa, RZA and the debut of Cappadonna (aka Cappachino) locked the album as an undisputed classic. Its a record that hit hard in 1995 and continues to resonate with new fans to this day.

As Raekwon explained in the original Purple Tape Cassette Box liner notes book (and in Brian Colemans Check the Technique Volume 2): A lot of rappers wasnt being creative [at that time] and we came with a potion that just shocked the game. We introduced shoes, we brought about different names and aliases. That record inspired maybe 95% of the games lyrics [afterwards], and integrity on just making music, period. People from our era know how real it is. Its timeless.

20 years later, celebrate the majesty of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with Get On Downs Purple Tape Watch Box, a release you are sure to proudly display in your collection for decades to come.

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Label: Sony Music/ Loud Records/ RCA Records/ Get On Down Records

Catalog: GET 51295-CS

Year: 2015

Format: Cassette

Track List:


  1. Striving For Perfection
  2. Knuckleheadz (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks & Golden Arms aka Lucky Hands)
  3. Knowledge God
  4. Criminology (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks)
  5. Incarcerated Scarfaces
  6. Rainy Dayz (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks & Blue Raspberry)
  7. Guillotine [Swordz] (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks)
  8. Can It Be All So Simple [Remix] (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks)
  9. Shark Niggas [Biters]
  10. Ice Water (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killer) aka Tony Starks & Cappachino aka Cappadonna)
  11. Glaciers Of Ice (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks, Master Killer (Masta Killa) aka Noodles, vocals by: Blue Raspberry & 62nd Assassn of Sunz Of Man)
  12. Verbal Intercourse (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks & Nas aka Nas Escobar
  13. Wisdom Body (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks
  14. Spot Rusherz
  15. Ice Cream (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks, Method Man aka Johnny Blaze & Cappachino (Cappadonna)
  16. Wu-Gambinos (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks, Method Man aka Johnny Blaze, The RZA aka Bobby Steels (Bobby Digital) & Master Killer (Masta Killa) aka Noodles
  17. Heaven & Hell (Feat. Ghost Face Killer (Ghostface Killah) aka Tony Starks
  18. North Star [Jewels]


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