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Now is your chance to cop “The Purple Tape.” Raekwon’s The Chef’s certified classic debut album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, is getting re-issued in a chunky deluxe edition. Only 1,000 copies of the set, called “The Purple Tape Cassette Box,” which is available now over at, will be sold. The box set is part of GetOnDown’s Master Series (previous reissues include Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version) and is stocked with goodies that will satiate any Wu-Tang Clan and Raekwon fan.

Specifics include:

·         The set, which weighs 4 pounds, is housed in a premium, glass-top, “piano lacquer,” 4-inch-tall black display case with gold-colored hardware, embossed white-on-black Raekwon logo and “The Purple Tape” placard on front
·         Cassette only: actual Purple Tape (with full audio from original album), with multi-panel “J-card” fold-out featuring original cassette artwork
·         32-page, hard-cover liner notes book, including text by Brian Coleman (featuring an in-depth interview with and track-by-track reminisces by Raekwon); artwork from original Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album; and reprinted graphics from original Loud/RCA promotional singles
·         Premium, glossy 24” x 24” promotional poster (from original Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 1995 Loud/RCA campaign)
·         Only Built 4 Cuban Linx sticker
·         Limited edition: only 1,000 copies worldwide
·         Available at and a very limited number of outside retailers, September 17
Check out an in depth look at the history of “The Purple Tape” (only the first 10,0000 sold were actually purple) over at GetOnDown. The box set of Raekwon’s (and Ghostface Killah’s) master work will cost you $45. Check out detailed images of what to expect when you cop in the gallery below.
But make sure your tape deck is on point, word to Nas.


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Photos: GetOnDown

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