Wu-Tang Clan - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin

For a while now, all the far-flung members of the Wu-Tang Clan have been working, with varying levels of enthusiasm, on the troubled group album A Better Tomorrow; early track “Keep Watch” may or may not be on it. But there’s also apparently another Wu-Tang album, and only one very rich and very enthusiastic fan will get to own it. The group’s new LP Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will only be available in a limited edition of one. And it will cost millions.

Forbes reports that the album — which already exists, and which the group has recorded in secret over the years — is currently housed in a custom-made nickel-and-silver box in a Moroccan vault. RZA put the album together with the Morocco-based producer Cilvaringz. Talking to Forbes about the mere idea of owning the album, RZA says, “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king,” which is such an awesomely RZA thing to say.

The idea is to take the one single edition on tour, through museums and festivals, charging patrons $30 to $50 just to hear the album on headphones provided by the venue. (Heavy security will be on hand to prevent leaks.) And after all that, RZA will sell the album for some ungodly sum of money; suitors might include record labels and corporations and private citizens. And while RZA may be overvaluing the Wu-Tang name to an absurd degree, this sure does represent one way around the whole nobody-paying-for-music thing.

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Comments (18)
  1. I can’t decide if this is really shitty or really awesome.

    • I think the one album locked in a vault part is pretty awesome.

      The paying $30 – $50 to simply listen to the damn thing ON HEADPHONES is really shitty. As is all the measures to “prevent a leak” with HEAVY security and probably signing some sort of blood contract I’m sure.

      If it was just The Wu selling a super rare Egyptian scepter of an album, then whoever buys it leaks it for us plebeians, I’d be fine with that. Wu makes a lot of money and everyone hears this album. But this museum shit is stupid. Why not put on an actual concert / listening party at this point instead of this silent disco shit.

      • lets face it… at this point its prolly not much of a loss. Wu been flabby and sick for years. prolly full of Wu weed carrier verses too. I mean who rly cares about Wu outside of RZA, GZA, Ghost and Rae.

        • and maybe Meth if he feel like it.
          probably be full of deck, U god, masta killa and cappadonna tho
          no1curr bout hearing that

      • yeah the headphones thing is kind of strange. it would be much cooler if everyone who paid for one day, lets say, was all in a room together as they listened to it on a great speaker system for the first time. bringing in the concept of group listening + experience, etc. execution could be better.

      • You know, I’ve always felt that the best way to experience a new album would be to listen to it on headphones in a museum while some anabolic tough guys eyeball me. Could they be holding guns? Guns would be great. Seems like a way to really put the focus on the music.

        Thanks, RZA, for making my dreams come true.

    • Shittily awesome? Awesomely shitty?

    • let me help…IT’S SHITTY! What better way to screw the kids of the blocks they came up on…this is bullshit.

  2. errr what?
    come again…

  3. NOTHING can escape pirates of the internet…..NOTHING. It”ll leak…

  4. Unless ODB is in that box, I don’t want it.

  5. No – Awesome!. Surely this will be bootlegged and copied and distributed for free and millions will hear and enjoy it at some point after they take this around. But that’s not the point. The point is that there will be value to it, just like there is value to a rare painting. And value is a discussion that’s not much a part of music these days. Cool.

  6. He’s gone mad with power. Like that Albert Schweitzer guy.

  7. …and when it shows up in Pirate Bay everyone will know who’s posted it.

  8. It must not be that good.

  9. My initial thought.

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