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RAEKWON: Only Built For Cuban Linx (2015) ‘Purple Tape’ Watch Box

Purple Tape watch box Raekwon reissueRight then – so this’ll be a re-release of the original ‘Purple Tape’ a.k.a. Raekwon’s debut LP Only Built For Cuban Linx – which in its original limited cassette form was known as ‘The Purple Tape’ as opposed to the recent Method Man single featuring Raekwon and also called The Purple Tape. Obviously – as a tape or ‘cassette’ – the original ‘Purple Tape’ came in a cassette case
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METHOD MAN feat. RAEKWON & INSPECTAH DECK: The Purple Tape (2015)

The Purple Tape Method ManNot to be confused with Raekwon’s debut LP Only Built 4 Cuban Linx which went (in its distinctively-coloured original cassette version) by the name ‘The Purple Tape’ and featured Method Man, among others, the latest leak off Method Man‘s new album The Meth Lab is a track also called The Purple Tape and features Raekwon, among others. As if that’s not enough, one of those others is Method Man’s son – also
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RAEKWON: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx – Purple Tape (Slipcase edition) (2013)

The fetish for collectible hip-hop re-releases continues apace here as the re-release of Raekwon‘s original cassette version of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx – a.k.a. the ‘Purple Tape’ itself gets re-released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was of course Raekwon’s debut LP which contained the singles Ice Cream and Criminology and was instrumental in defining the sound and reputation of the Wu-Tang
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RAEKWON (feat. Rick Ross & Ghostface): Molasses – Free download – 2011

Well – this wasn’t quite what I was expecting from a Wu-Tang/ Rick Ross collabo but it shows ‘the Chef’ still has a few tricks up his sleeve and makes forthcoming Raewkon LP Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang sound even more promising than it did before. And while Molasses might ooze out of your speakers on a thick and treacly mellow soul-horns groove, the lyrics still have bite. It’s another tale of thug life with Rae and co. imagining themselves as ‘Scarface Gangsters’
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RAEKWON: London, HMV Forum, 18 March 2010 EPK + Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang LP update

Yeah, that’s right – the chef will be cooking up some Tang-y (see what I did there?) delights for your aural consumption in the UK in March. I guess you could look at it as kind of like a live course between his last serving Only Built For Cuban Linx Part II and the forthcoming Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. Yes, you did read that correctly – Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang will appear on the public’s table in only two months time and feature
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DOOM – Born Into This – Album release update – Indefinite delay


READ DOOM – Born Like This – LP review HERE
Long-suffering MF Doom fans will be unsurprised to learn that his latest solo LP Born Into This, originally due for release on 21 October on Lex Records, then delayed until 28 October has now been shelved with no revised release date. MF Doom a.k.a Daniel Dumile, Zev Love X, Viktor Vaughn and King Geedorah has apparently also had a “just call me Doom” moment because the MF/’Metal Face’ prefix has been dropped – wonder if that’s a delayed reaction to Grimm swapping the Mad Flows for Grand Master?

Doom’s album Born Into This was set to feature production from J Dilla (presumably done a while ago and not from beyond the grave), Dangermouse and appearances from guest MCs including Ghostface and Raekwon. Ah well – you’ll just have to console yourself with the second Madvillain LP. Oh – hang on – no you can’t. It’s not ready yet.

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