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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 Clan. Whereas last time it was a limited boxed edition, this one is a slipcase version of which there are 1000 copies available. I say ‘available’, the 1000 copies of the boxed edition sold out in 36 hours and this press release arrived two days ago.

Those of you old enough to remember cassettes will of course remember what a shitty audio format it was. Look out next year for the re-release of the re-release of the re-released ‘Purple Tape – Salad Edition’ which comes in an authentically distressed case with all the tape artfully pulled out and scrambled into a useless fucking bundle of magnetically coated plastic film. Not that that’s an issue of course – no one’s actually going to try and play any of these cassettes unless they want to lessen the value of their purchase…
(Out now on Get On Down)

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