Twenty years after the release of 1995’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon is crowdfunding a film about his seminal, influential debut LP. The Purple Tape Files: The Documentary & Film will offer a retrospective look at the album and its impact on pop culture, using interviews with musicians, journalists and industry professionals.
Raekwon says “creative control” was the goal behind the crowdfunding approach. “The album was our vision, and the thought of having anyone but us in the driver’s seat was unthinkable,” he says. “This project is for the fans by the fans, me included. I’m not with the politics and shit, 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.”
Filming will be 100 percent funded by fans through the FanBacked website. Donors will receive an array of incentives based on their amount given, ranging from a 20th Anniversary Purple Tape sticker ($5) to a personal mixtape review by Raekwon and Ghostface Killah ($200) to a Crowdfunding Producer credit ($10,000) that also includes merchandise and an invite to the film premiere. Other notable rewards include a “special thanks” in the film’s credits ($500), guest list credentials for all of Raekwon’s shows in the next five years ($1,000) and spending a day in the studio with the rapper ($2,500). If you want to donate visit the site HERE.
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