Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon’s 1995 album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… with guest star Ghostface Killah is often cited as one of the most masterful musical projects of any genre. The classic LP will be revisited in a new documentary from Rae, longtime business partner Raj “Trini” Maharaj (executive producer), and AllHipHop.com’s own Steve “Raze” Julien (producer).
The Purple Tape Files: The Documentary & Film will feature interviews with notable artists, journalists, and industry insiders. In order to help fund the project, Raekwon is launching a crowdfunding campaign through FanBacked. Fans can donate $5.00 – $10,000.00 with special incentives for contributors.
Rewards range from a 20th Anniversary Purple Tape Sticker to producing credit on the film. Various packages also include visits to the set, all access to Raekwon’s shows for the next 5 years, the chance to spend a day in the studio with the rapper, and have The Chef review your personal mixtape.
“To ensure the validity and vision of the project, I felt that crowdfunding was the only way to go. This film will be true to the album 100%. This project is for the fans, by the fans,” states Raekwon. “We created incentives that real fans will enjoy.”
The Purple Tape Files: The Documentary & Film is scheduled to be complete in August 2015. It will be released through Raekwon’s newly formed production company Third Eye Vision. Rae is set to speak on the documentary at this year’s Coachella Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.
Watch a video about The Purple Tape Files crowdsurfing campaign below.