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Wu-Tang Clan Will Sell Only One Copy Of Secret Double Disc Album


(AllHipHop News) Since 2007’s 8 Diagrams, Wu Tang Clan fans and Hip Hop in general have been clamoring for a for a new album. Today (March 26th) it was announced that only one copy of a secret, 31-track double disc album from the Wu Tang Clan will be released entitled Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.

The album was mostly produced by Wu Tang Clan affiliate, Morroco-based producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh and was recorded with every member of the Wu-Tang Clan over the past six years. In an interview with Forbes, RZA explains that this innovative approach to releasing an album is based on a desire to increase the reverence for Wu Tang music in the art world:

We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before. 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 album will be “presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya” according to the private music service’s official website. The album will have an unorthodox release in every manner as its “tour” will take place in art exhibitions in museums, galleries and more. In order to curb piracy during these exhibitions, entry will cost between $30-$50, attendees will have relinquish all recording devices before entering and will only be able to hear the music through headphones.

Following the tour, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be sold to one private buyer for “millions”, possibly similar to Jay Z selling Magna Carta Holy Grail to Samsung for $5 million to release it exclusively on their app. RZA states that this new private music service could be what sustains the legacy of Wu Tang Clan beyond their physical limitations:

There will be a time when we can’t tour, and that’s just the natural evolution of man. And yet this particular privatized album, I think—this idea we have—will be something that will go longer than all of us.

Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is all original music and includes guest appearances from Redman, Bonnie Jo Mason and more. This album is separate from Wu Tang Clan’s oft-delayed 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow. A Better Tomorrow is scheduled to be released this summer.

Check out the packaging below:

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  • MrNoName2K

    pointless…

    • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

      Pretty much.

  • Sean Taylor

    Good luck w/ that….

  • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

    So in other words Wu-tang will release an album that only a small percentage of people will ever hear. Pure Genius!

    • Keith N.

      In the article it says the deal is similar to Jay Z’s deal with Samsung. So the person who buys it can choose to release it, like Samsung did when it brought Jay Z’s album for $5 million.

  • SleepyTheGreat

    So is There A Clause In The Agreement That The Purchaser Can’t Make Copies of The Album or Leak It On Youtube?
    If So…..This Is Like The Willy Wonka Golden Ticket of The Music World.

  • Elayorx El

    Interesting way to try and slow down how fast the globe is spinning. I like an “auction” idea better though, because I know I’d be there to try and cop. It’s a new year, forever Wu-Wear!

  • JimJames29

    Selling your album exclusively to one person… so the public won’t get to enjoy it… how… hiphop of them. Kool Herc will be proud.

  • hoeyuno

    johnblacksad..go halfers??

    • johnblacksad

      mayne…! they got a ninja wishin

  • Vinsanity

    Its an interesting way to make money off a dumb fan or i mean a die hard fan collector. Hows the world supposed rap along at shows if they dont know the tracks? How the hell are any of these tracks gonna live forever or become classics if only one person knows about them? Its not as if a major label is gonna pick it up and re-release it. Sounds like theyre trying to trick some sucka into payin Millions? for piece of plastic or history as the Wu calls it (oh now i got to get it). Love the Wu but i dont love this. I know this Rap shiit is art but its definitely not paintings.

  • TruthSerum

    Whoever buys it deserves to get shot, You gonna spend a million dollars on an album of throwaway late 2000’s Wu Tang B Sides when there are people starving in the world??

    Even if it were “36 Chambers” B Sides I wouldn’t condone it but at least I’d get it, recorded in the last 6 years means your basically spending a milli for “8 Diagrams” era tracks……F-O-H

  • John

    FOH outta here with them old throwaway tracks. Whoever buys this deserves that L..
    A Fool is born every minute

  • ZUBU

    I’m guessing some of yall don’t get “it.” Wu will sell/give the album away to millions for the cost of a few million. As soon as the buyers buys it bootleg copies will be everywhere within a day. Wu will get mad exposure due to the fact nobody will have the album initially! Brrrrrilliant…..

    • I swear I thought it was a damn good idea to get ur paper asassippi…..n like u said after that who gives a fk…bootleg all day after that check is cut…I think it’s a good idea but who gonna buy into it tho? Who gonna pay to listen to an album thru headphones at a venue?

    • That’s unless the person doesn’t put it online.Why pay millions and can’t get no money back and give it away to everybody?I thought the main point was for the buyer to feel special and that’s why he’ll pay so much.I hope it works

  • Tre C

    i don’t get it but we’ll just see how it plays out

  • LetsBeRealpeople

    This comment is at the naysayers, “Who the f!ckare you kidding- you programmed-basehead-muthfukas” HAd this been mafa Jay Z- your nuts would be wet with, “Always winning”, “Boss move” “Hov is the God” Wu is the Blue Print

    • if this was Jay Z I still wouldn’t understand this plan. You bringing Jay up out the blue, so you must be on programmed to think about a nigga you claim to hate so much.

      • LetsBeRealpeople

        You know far down and pressed you had to be to get to me? No troll, I think not. As far as out the blue on Jay Z – lil bub, you are obviously new to this site- since you swing on dem nuts, you’ll be in good company with the rest of these yes men. You’ll be happy to know 60% of the content on this site is Jay Z. When that mug does 1 1/15 of anything he gets crown, throne and God status. Any other artist steps the game up- mugs on here try barrel and body the article. So with that Fuq you

  • I like the idea, but I just hope that’s whoever purchases the album for millions of dollars will have the rights to release it to the masses…..If not then it’s a horrible idea because if I pay millions for the only copy of an album then I should be able to sell it and make a profit as well.

    Secondly I hope they have some kind of contract for this album release because it will get messy….I also hope that after they sell this album to one single person or company, that they don’t change their minds and release it on their own to the masses at a later date, which would defeat the purpose of selling one album for millions.

    • Tyfromthechi

      Im quit sure they no what they doing wu tang sold millions over records world wide

      • True, but didn’t the article say that this is the first time they are trying to sell one copy to one person? It’s never been done before, so they might not know what they are doing, some times you all give these rappers to much credit. #justsaying

      • JustMe

        Right. Im quit(e) sure they do, too. I think its a smart move. Collectively a group of pioneers. I had their posters all on my walls when I was 9-14(at which point my mom tore them down after i ran away, lol) aaaanyway. I gotta say, Ghostface was in my top 3 from the Clan til I saw him on Couples Therapy. He got all shook over the (“ex”) stripper. Lost major points with me then. So not hip hop. Thumbs down, b.

  • Tyfromthechi

    If jay z did this yall would’ve been on his nuttz why people hating on the wu records aint selling no more u got to find ways to make money off music these days

  • David Gonz

    JAY Z WAS SCARED OF TUPAC

    • True

    • Dan_Tebasco

      random as fuu

    • hoeyuno

      Tupac recorded with boot camp during the east coast/ west coast beef…

  • ms marjane

    they should have done this with the last four albums. full-stop.

  • ladynamor

    They are NOT the first to do this. Maybe the first that got a press release, but NOT the first.

  • The Legendary Troll

    Nobody is gonna buy this damn album lmao

    • Flanny Macquiao

      cuz theres only 1 fool

    • Not really, If I own a marketing firm with trusted sales and a strong following, I would buy it and re sell it to the masses with a different formula. It can be done.

      • It’s not the masses you need.

        It is a targeted audience.

        Targeting the masses is not what you do if you want to “market” effectively.

        The Wu are using these elements:
        1) Scarcity
        2) Rare
        just to name a few.

  • R.E Dykes

    yes bout tym

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  • Frank

    yo I’m all Wu. But who do fck gonna buy into this sht? $30-$50? I better walk out wit 2 or 3 copies of the fcking 80 minute CD.

    ODB said people knew who he was thats why they get down with him. You fck around and get brand new and your people don’t like it.

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  • Fosho3528

    I genuinely miss them using grimy beats, Kung fu samples, and being all hopped up on blunts laced with angel dust. They were our generation’s Beatles.

  • These guys or maybe the person who suggested this idea understands human psychology and marketing.

    If you can tap into the human mind, marketing becomes very easy.

    Anyone who believes this will not works doesn’t get marketing.

    People will always want to be a part of history.

    As long it gets exposure which I’m sure it will, then it is going to work.

  • IDK how will the music circulate? Unless that’s not what they want.If somebody buys it do they have the right to copy and sale it?weird

  • Obi Won

    If people bought a $100 Nispey Hussle mixtape, people will buy this, trust

  • I stopped reading when the comparison of an album to an Egyptian scepter was made. I love Wu but they have always held this belief that their music was comparable to the Magna Carta. The REAL Magna Carta, not some wack a$$ album.

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