Wu-Tang Clan to Produce and Sell One Copy of Secret Album
The album, ‘The Wu — Once a Time in Shaolin,’ is a one-of-kind piece of art that won’t be available in stores or online.
“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” he tells the publication. “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.”
RZA and the album’s main producer, Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, plan to take the box set on a tour through museums where people will have to listen to the album through headphones only. “One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept,” said Cilvaringz.
After the album finishes its jaunt, the RZA will make it available for purchase with a price tag that will be ‘in the millions’ of dollars.
“The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years,” says RZA. “And yet its doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”
Wu member Masta Killa also believes the project will change how people view music as a whole.
“I think it’s a musical portrait that’s going to revolutionize music in the future,” he tells Forbes. “And I’m thankful to my brother Ringz, to collaborate with, and I’m ecstatic to be a part of it.”
‘The Wu — Once a Time in Shaolin’ album will come in an engraved silver-and-nickel box that was handcrafted over three months by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. The album will be 128 minutes long and boasts 31 tracks.