Original album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (1995)
Why the sequel was made: After getting a negative response to his efforts on 1999's Immobilarity and 2003's The Lex Diamond Story, Raekwon decided to return to his roots when he started recording OB4CLII in 2005. "I'm in a business where I have to move with the times," he said. "At the end of the day, this album is gonna be the album dudes want...The Purple Tape Part 2, this is serious to me."
Was it as good as the original? Yes. Rae was right when he said that he was going to give the fans what they wanted with the second coming of the "purple tape." Even though only two tracks were produced by RZA on the sequel—every track on the original was produced by RZA—and even though Rae delayed the album for about four years while he tinkered with it, the final product was every bit as amazing as we hoped it would be. It was well worth the wait.