24. Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (1995)

Art Direction: CARTEL
Photographer: Daniel Hastings
Label: Loud

Set to a red haze, the Cuban artwork revisits the 36 Chambers shoot, once again casting Rae and Ghost in the shadow of the eternal Wu logo. Surrounded by blunt smoke and bottles the duo displays the same chemistry in photo that they do on record: part blustering menace, part buddy-film loyalty. The cassette packaging has also taken on a mythological life of its own, with its solid purple cassette shell becoming known in hip-hop circles as just "The Purple Tape" and exchanging hands for high dollar amounts.

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