this been up before but since i recently started banging it again and uploaded it to my blog i figured some new members on here might have missed this. it always bugged me that an album with so much potential as "Bulletproof Wallets" had to fall victim to label issues and sample clearance problems. the sequencing wasn't very good on the retail, "Flowers" was remixed from classic to unlistenable, "The Sun", "Good Times" and "The Watch" were nowhere to be find, etc. Ghost said in an interview i read that he was confident in 'BPW' being received as a third classic and a worthy follow-up to 'Supreme Clientele' and after putting this together about 2 years ago (after a whole lot of research on promo copies, articles and interviews from 2001, + common sense) i have to agree. it's not as good as "S.C." but it's still an incredible album that flows like water; there's so many great concepts on here, the production has a common theme and the amount of guest features by Raekwon and RZA production adds to the overall greatness of the original "Bulletproof Wallets".
Just like with "Supreme Clientele", Ghost and RZA masterminded "BPW" together. While RZA produces 5-7 joints on here, the other were beats that they got from other guys and then "produced" and arranged together. All recording took place out in Miami and the original title for the LP was "Cuban Linx II: Bulletproof Wallets"... also i included the retail version of "The Forest", the reason being that the sound quality is superior to the leaked original and the only difference is that GFK has a 20 bridge/hook in the OG. you can download that in the media section on this site. "Street Chemistry" was not on any of the original tracklists i've been able to find, "Strawberry" is the closing track on those so "S.C." might have been a last minute inclusion. There's been talk about a skit called "Figure 8" that was supposed to appear before "The Forest", i did not include this however - it's only a short 15 second clip from some movie but i can upload that if anyone wants it.
the reason i'm bringing this up is because i think the album is so much better this way and i'm sure it's much, much closer than the retail in the way Ghost intended it to be heard. enjoy it (you know where to find it; i won't post a link in this thread).