In what has to be the coolest news story you’ll probably read this year: Wu-Tang Clan have announced they have made a secret one-off collectors album called ‘Wu: Once Upon A Time In Schaolin’ alongside the group’s 20th anniversary album.
Where the story gets interesting is the album comes in a one-off hand-carved nickel box and will be taken to museums, galleries and festivals where people will pay to be able to listen to the album.
Robert “RZA” Riggs explained the concept in a interview with Forbes, “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.”
“The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years,” explains RZA “and yet music 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.”
To keep the music truly one-off you’ll obviously be throughly searched for recording equipment and the like and you’ll have to listen to the music via headphones. This will be necessary because for this endevour to really work, which it might well do, the integrity of the music will be key. The day, god forbid, it hits the torrents is the day it instantly becomes worthless.
As that’s actually quite important, as the next step for the one-off album is it will be sold for “millions” to the highest bidder. Feasibly that could range from a major brand (like Samsung, who bough Jay-Z’s album to bundle it with their phones) to someone with more money than sense. It could even be kickstarted and bought by group’s fans in theory. Whoever does buy it, presumably, can then do what they want with it.
No firms dates have been set for the tour but apparently the group is speaking to a number of suitors – so keep your eyes peeled.
So how much would you pay?