A single copy has been made of 'The Wu — Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'
Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA has said that the group have already been offered $5 million (£3,006,070) for their one-off album release.
The hip hop collective recently revealed that they have made just one copy of a new album, ‘The Wu — Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’, and would be auctioning it off to the highest bidder. Speaking to Billboard, RZA revealed the highest offer they have had since announcing the record’s release last month: “So far, $5 million is the biggest number. I don’t know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we’re doing is being understood by some,” he commented.
The new double album will be sold in an engraved silver-and-nickel box created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya and bear the group’s W insignia. “We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” said RZA when the release was announced. “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 sceptre of an Egyptian king.”
The band also plan to take the album on a “tour” of museums, galleries and festivals, where they will charge between $30-$50 (£18 to £30) to view and listen to the album. The listening sessions will take place behind heavy security and will use headphones provided by the venue, to prevent the album leaking.
The album’s main producer, Tarik ‘Cilvaringz’ Azzougarh, says the Wu-Tang have discussed London’s Tate Modern as a possible venue for the exhibition. The group first met Morocco-based Cilvaringz at a show in Amsterdam in 1997, and he has been an affiliate of the collective ever since.
Once the 31-track, 128-minute album has done the rounds, it will be available to purchase. It is speculated that a label could buy the album and release it through the usual channels.
The group’s long-promised 20th anniversary album, ‘A Better Tomorrow’, is still set for a standard commercial release this summer.