Ready to give fans a behind-the-scene look at his 1995 album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, American rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon hit crowdfunding platform Fanbacked to raise funds for the record’s documentary.
According to its description, The Purple Tape Files: The Documentary & Film is a retrospective look at Raekwon’s critically acclaimed album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and its impact on modern pop culture. Beyond interviews with notable artists, journalists, industry insiders and music aficionados, the film will also bring never before seen imagery that drove the album’s cult classic status to the big screen.
During his interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Raekwon shared details about the new crowdfunding initiative:
“Our vision for the film is for it to be as honest as possible, removing the filter from both ourselves and participants. I plan to take viewers on a ride through the album from beginning to end. Beyond revealing project and how it was created, the film will also bring to life the actual movie that happens within the album.”
Raekwon went on to explain that “creative control” was the ultimate goal behind the funding approach:
“The album was our vision, and the through of having anyone but us in the driver’s seat was unthinkable. This project is for the fans by the fans, me included. I’m not with the politics and sh*t, and being put into a position where we even would have to consider anyone’s watered down version wasn’t an option. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was an honest and authentic project; it’s a must that the film is also.
“I want fans to know that this film is dedicated to them. Long after we’re gone, this project will still remain and be our account and interpretation of a great album. I’m excited about creating something we can all enjoy and be proud of.”
Those who back the project will receive various rewards, including:
- Mixtape review by Raekwon
- Producer credit
- Special thanks
- Guest list credentials for all of Raekwon’s shows in the next five years
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