If you’re on this site then I’m shouldn’t have to explain to you the cultural importance of The Purple Tape. You know exactly what you’re looking at and what it meant to Hip-Hop. I went through a couple of these myself during the 90’s and then a CD copy of the LP during the 2000’s. All of those hard copies have been lost to time and the sticky fingers of shady acquaintances. Now when I want to hear the album, I have an Only Built 4 Cuban Linx folder on an external harddrive. Needless to say, things have changed.
If you were around for the 1995 release of this album, holding one of these in your hands can be a spiritual experience. The Purple Tape has long been revered in Hip-Hop, but I feel the same way about Redman’s Dare Iz A Darkside, or as we referred to it, The Red Tape. One of the reasons music is so great is the way it can conjure memories and images from your subconscious. These were two albums I not only loved, but lived my life according to, and both came in this unique, highly recognizable package. If the albums were wack, nobody would have cared what color the casette was, but they weren’t, and the rest is history.
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