Wade your memory is playin tricks on you 36 Chambers was bigger than Cuban Linx. CREAM was a bigger hit than any single off the purple tape.
Cuban Linx was more heavily imitated with all the Mafioso shit and Crystal sippin and all that but 36 Chambers put an even bigger dent in the game people took notice when that album came out cause it was like nothing ever heard before and no don't say Juice Crew. They were a crew of emcees who came together for songs but they weren't a true group like Wu-Tang was back then.
36 Chambers was too hard to imitate. Even the mafia shit was popularized by Wu but they didn't originate it ask Kool G Rap. It was done before just like it was done again.