Raekwon‘s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is a cultural cornerstone, often revered for its promotional “Purple Tape.”
When speaking on the album with Complex, Rae said that he wanted to create something that stood out from other releases.
“I wanted to make sure that the average cat that would listen to it had something special in his cassette deck,” Rae said. “Like, out of all of his tapes, my shit was private; my shit was for special people. Like you had to be somebody to rock that, so I wanted to separate that from everybody else’s.”
Rae also said that he was initially going to go with the title “Green Tape.” “At first I was gonna do it green, ‘cause green is my favorite color; I like olive green, but they couldn’t do that color,” he said. “Next thing you know, they was like ‘Blah, blah, blah, blah and purple’ and I was like ‘A lot of niggas might think purple is for girls’ but I liked the color because it stood out, so I was like ‘Fuck it, let’s go with purple.'”
The Chef also talks about possibly being an actual chef down the line. “You might be able to come to a Chef restaurant and get you a little turkey wrap or something, with some extra shit on it. Some $1,000 dressing or something. It’s just that the food business is tough because you gotta keep everything fresh—you can’t play with food.”
Read the full interview over at Complex.