This week, Wu-Tang Clan announced that they’d recorded a double album in secret and they’ll only be releasing a single copy of it, housed in an opulent silver chest. You can’t get more exclusive than that. The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be toured around museums, galleries and festivals, with potential audiences paying to listen to it. With its potential multi-million dollar value, there will of course be heavy security on hand.
Talking with Forbes, RZA had this to say about the new release:
“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before. We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
The record’s history goes back to ’97 when RZA met young producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, who began working on the project in Marrakech. There, he reportedly recorded with the likes of Redman, FC Barcelona players and ‘Bonnie Jo Mason’– a pseudonym of Cher’s. Yeah… we know. In the time since, it’s been said every Wu-Tang member has recorded for the 31 track record, multiple times. Stay tuned for further details.