As the great Wu-Tang resurgence continues, Raekwon has announced plans to crowdfund a film about his debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… This August will mark the 20th anniversary of the tape’s release, and the video will use interviews with industry professionals, musicians, and journalists about the album’s ongoing legacy. According to the documentary’s FanBacked website, Ghostface Killah will be co-starring in the film, and Raj “Trini” Maharaj will serve as executive producer. Raekwon told Rolling Stone he wants the documentary, dubbed The Purple Tape Files: The Documentary & Film, to remove any filters and bring the album’s own inner story to life:
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 untold information about the project and how it was created, the film will also bring to life the actual movie that happens within the album.
He also explained the reasoning behind crowdfunding — so he could have complete creative control without compromising:
The album was our vision, and the thought 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 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.
The gifts for contributing to the project range from very small, like a 20th Anniversary Purple Tape sticker for people who contribute $5, to much much larger rewards, like a personal mixtape review by Raekwon and Ghostface Killah for $200. So if you want the Chef to give you an honest opinion about your tape — or if you ever wondered how closely the Drake-hating online parody Big Ghost resembles the real Ghost’s reviews — this is your chance. Oh, and if you have $10,000 to spare, you can get a a Crowdfunding Producer credit on the film. Watch a brief clip about the documentary below.