Method Man, Raekwon & Inspectah Deck Pay Homage To The Purple Tape Era (Audio)

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Two weeks removed from The Meth Lab (August 21), Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck team up. Optimally timed, “Purple Tape” arrives following the 20-year anniversary of Rae’s benchmark solo debut, which Meth’ and Rebel I.N.S. both worked on as well.

The 2015 track uses ’95 as inspiration. Mef’s son, Rae Butta—who even in the song announces that he’s “no relation to Chef” provides the chorus, as Brown Bag AllStars’ J57 affords the beat. The three decorated veterans channel back to those basement sessions in RZA’s Staten Island, New York studio to find the flows and rugged imagery worthy of the purple plastic mention.

Through thick and through thin, with a new generation of Clansmen in the supporting role, Wu-Tang still penetrates with “verbal intercourse,” as a unified front.

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