The Wu-Tang’s epic 1993 debut ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, which changed the shape of Hip Hop to come, with ripples that still resonate today. Then the solo albums, all produced by Wu patriarch RZA: first was Method Man’s ‘Tical’ (late 1994), then Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s ‘Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version’ (spring 1995).
By the time Raekwon’s debut was ready, fans were knocking each other over on album release day. And so, on August 1, 1995 as the legend goes, the first 10,000 cassette buyers ran home and opened their plastic cases to discover that the tape itself was an unexpected, stunning shade of lavender.
The rest, as they say, is history… and limited-edition history at that. After the initial purple versions, RCA Records switched to the usual clear plastic to house the legendary tape. ‘The Purple Tape’ became an instant collector’s item, a Holy Grail for Wu-Tang disciples, coveted by those who could claim to be the earliest devotees of Raekwon’s lyrical genius. The album is still called ‘The Purple Tape’ to this day, by Raekwon and other Wu-Tang members.
On August 21st, 2015, Method Man released his first original album in 9 years. ‘THE METH LAB’ features longtime collaborators Redman, Streetlife, Hanz On, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck plus others including Uncle Murda, Cory Gunz, Carlton Fisk, Mack Wilds and more.
Check out the latest and last video taken from ‘THE METH LAB’ below, where Meth is joined by Raek and Inspectah Deck on verses and his young boy.