Yesterday, Forbes reported that Wu-Tang Clan will be releasing a secret 31-track, 128 minute record entitled The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin in addition to the release of A Better Tomorrow 20 years after the release of Enter The Wu-Tang. What’s most interesting about this secret album is that there will only be one copy which the group is hoping to sell for millions of dollars:
“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” says Robert “RZA” Diggs, the first Wu-Tang member to speak on record about Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, in an exclusive interview with FORBES. “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 apparently comes enclosed in a decoratively engraved silver and nickel box and like any multi-million dollar piece of art, will go on exhibition tour where fans (for a mere $50-$80) will have the opportunity to listen to the album… most likely on headphones. The record will then be sold to the highest bidder for them to do with it as they please!
As a fan of music, hip hop, art, and expensive, contrived bull****, I absolutely love this idea. Not only do want to
try and record a copy to become a pirate legend go listen to the album on exhibition, there’s a good chance that the album will be bought by a record label and marketed back to me again as “the secret Wu-Tang album” now available on itunes. Of course… wouldn’t it be romantic for some wealthy entrepreneur to snatch it away from the industry and lock it up for a few generations? (And can we have some proof that the masters and stampers were destroyed like the great print-makers of yore?)
Who do you think is going to get the secret album and how do you think its going to sound? Could the Wu be something to **** with after 20 years? Let us know on Twitter and hit us with some hashtags, homie.
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