There are a number of classic Hip-Hop albums, but maybe none as storied as “The Purple Tape.” That would be Raekwon the Chef‘s solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, which today (August 1) gets a limited edition deluxe cassette-only package to commemorate its 18th anniversary.
The Boston-based label Get On Down, that re-released a special edition of Rae’s opus last year, is also responsible for this edition.
In September of 2012, the newly-minted online boutique Get On Down wowed Raekwon, Wu-Tang and classic hip-hop fans with their Only Built 4 Cuban Linx “Purple Tape Cassette Box,” which was housed in a glass-top, piano lacquer, 4-inch-tall black display case. The ultra-premium set sold out on www.GetOnDown.com in less than two days’ time, after overwhelming demand which crashed the site’s servers not once, but twice.Get On Down has come a long way in the past 11 months (said to be “redefining the role and shape of the reissue in the digital age” by the New York Times; and called “a premiere reissue imprint” by Forbes), including buying a lot more server space. But the company has not forgotten fans who lamented not being able to their own “Purple Tape.”
Last year’s Purple Tape reissue reportedly sold out in 36 hours. So you may want to get on over to Get On Down with $20 to cop this new drop.
Oh yeah, you may want to have a tape player handy. Check out photos of the “Purple Tape [Slipcase Edition]” which includes the purple cassette tape, the OG J-Card cassetter insert/liner notes and two stickers with image of the “Purple Tape” from ’95, below.
Photos: Get On Down