Friday, September 21st, 2012
Diggin’ Deeper: Five Classic Colored Cassettes (That aren’t The Purple Tape)
Friday, September 21st, 2012by Up North Trips Comments (4)

Diggin’ Deeper: Five Classic Colored Cassettes (That aren’t The Purple Tape)

Today we are excited to wrap up our first week of the release of our Only Built 4 Cuban Linx “Purple Tape Cassette Box”. The overwhelming response to the release and the extensive media coverage proves that the Purple Tape is as popular today, as it was seventeen years ago.

To continue to honor the release, we chose to dedicate the latest edition of Diggin’ Deeper, not only to the purple tape, but to spead love to some of the other colorful cassettes. We did our research, dug in the vaults and put together our list, and then looked towards our  brothers over at STRICTLY CASSETTE for some imagery.

All classics in their own right, the following selection is not a “Best of” or a “Top Five”, but five super dope albums that were released on colored cassette. GET YOUR TAPE DECKS READY!


Redman – Dare Iz A Darkside
Release Date: November 22, 1994
Label: RAL (Rush Associated Labels)
UPC: 73145-23846-45
Who better than Funk Doc to put out his classic on a red tape? Always out thinking out side of the box, Red’s second album boom bapped in and out of tape decks from the streets of Brick City all the way to the Burbs. Press Rewind If I Haven’t Blown Your Mind!


Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
Release Date: May 31, 1994
Label: Capitol/EMI Records
UPC: 72438-28599-49

The Beasties have always been known to explore and push the envelope with all their releases. This experiment was no different, in ’94 they dropped a solid green version of their 4th studio album. Although some die-hard fans don’t remember “The Green Tape”, this sure shot proved to everyone and their Ma Bell that the kids from Manhatthan had the Ill Communication.


Masta Ace – SlaughtaHouse
Release Date: May 4, 1993
Label: Delicious Vinyl
UPC: 7567-92249-4
Before taking you on a ride with The INC, Ace dropped the prequel to the highly acclaimed Sittin’ On Chrome LP. This was his second studio album, but the first with his INC imprint. It focused on the commercialism of hip hop and his feelings toward it. Jeep Ass Niguh was the first single he let slide and gave collectors a treat when it was released on clear vinyl. He took this one step further when he dropped the album on an yellow cassette for all of the brainiac dum dums. This is one of those gems that will be gone but will never forgotten.


Jay-Z – The Blueprint
Release Date:
September 11, 2001
Roc-A-Fella//Def Jam Records
Who can forget where they were the day this album dropped. With it’s release date pushed up a week prior, Hov curbed the jackmove of the street bootleggers The album sold over 420,000 copies in its opening week, becoming Jay-Z’s fourth consecutive album to reach number one on the Billboard Charts. Some labeling it as Jay-Z’s best work, the takeover happened when this was issued on a clear blue vinyl LP and cassette. At the doorstep of the digital age, Mr. Carter made a smart move adding a contribution to hip hop heads and collectors worldwide.

Run DMC – Raising Hell
Release Date:
July 18, 1986
Priority Records
In the summer of ’86. this tape along with some fresh Shell Top Adidas and a boombox, made the cipher complete. It was the epitome of Hip Hop.  Originally debuting in 2 color schemes, some of the early pressings were misprinted calling both sides, side 2. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, album sales exploded and sales increased, peaking at #1 on Billboard’s RnB/Hip Hop chart.



Illegal – The Untold Truth
Release Date:
August 24, 1993
Label: Rowdy/Arista/BMG Records
UPC:  75444-37002-4
Once upon a time before Jamal faded ‘em all, he was 1/2 the group Illegal with his co-defendant Lil’ Malik. Featuring production from an all star cast including Lord Finesse, Diamond D., Biz Markie, and “the Green Eyed Bandit” himself, the album floated below the radar due to weak promotion. The only LP let loose by the group, featured the Kriss Kross diss track, which  was worth the money’s worth alone.  The tape, released on a blood red cassette, is a true Hip Hop rarity  had true collectors scouring flea markets and record swaps since the 90′s.


Thanks to @UpNorthTrips + @ButtonPusha once again! – Staff


  1. you forgot souls of mischief’s ’93 til Infinity. it was blue.

  2. Comptons Most Wanted’s first tape was blue as well

  3. Ya’ll forgot Souls Of Mischief’s “93 Til Infinity” cassette that was in blue also. No acknowledgement for the West? Yeah, I know *sarcastic tone*