The Wu-Tang Clan, like all of us, exist in a world in which the commercial value of music continues to plummet, as many people consider the act of paying for music at all to be a pointless exercise in money-wasting. But unlike the rest of us, the Wu-Tang Clan actually has a way to strike a blow against this atmosphere: Releasing only one copy of a secretly recorded double-album.
The album is called The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, and the idea is for it to tour the country for heavily secure listening parties in museums and music festivals, before being sold to some wealthy entity (either a company or an individual) for a price tag expected to be “in the millions.” Here’s Wu-Tang master shogun RZA on the project, from an interview with Forbes:
“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.”
You can get a lot more info on the project from the above Forbes piece, which is also worth reading if you’re amused by the idea of a Forbes writer making sure he spelled “Masta Killa” correctly. And keep your eyes and ears open for more info on whether The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be coming to your town sometime this year.