Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ Has Been Sold
According to Forbes, the secret album, titled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was sold by online auction house Paddle8. A “private American collector” reportedly paid “millions” to be the only person in the world to own this exclusive album.
As we previously reported, the CD comes encased in a handcrafted silver-and-nickel box, which comes in another handmade wooden treasure chest. As for the music, Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh handled all of the production on the 31-track album.
In addition, the collection also includes a 174-page manuscript featuring lyrics, credits and back stories on the production of each song, all printed on special parchment paper and stitched into a premium leather book.
"The Wu-Tang Clan have always been driven by innovation, and this marks another moment in musical history," said Wu-Tang co-founder RZA in the statement to Forbes. "From the beginning, we hoped that this concept would inspire debate and new ways of seeing creativity. Both of those goals have been achieved, and the ideas continue to evolve."
There's no word if the undisclosed rich buyer of this secretive album will release any songs for the general public to hear. Meanwhile, RZA said that the group would donate a large chunk of the profits to charity.