(AllHipHop News) The release strategy for Wu-Tang Clan’s secret, one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album has been called both brilliant and stupid. Many fans – and some Wu members – were not pleased the project could possibly be held from commercial use for 88 years.
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Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah was asked about the 88 year ban during an interview with CBC Music. The “All That I Got Is You” rapper originally had doubts about modern listeners not being able to hear the music.
“My first thing was like, no, give it to the people. What are you going to hold it for?” said Ghost. “Then I look at it, like 88 years, most of us is going to be gone by that time, but you know, I don’t know how the state will be in music at that time, but if it is going all right, it might give Wu-Tang another burst in 80 years.”
In an exclusive interview with AllHipHop.com, fellow Wu comrade Masta Killa also spoke about Once Upon A Time In Shaolin‘s 88 year hold. He focused on the exclusivity and artistic value of the project.
“I think the only way to establish value in something is for it to be exclusive. That’s the whole point that I gathered for that particular piece of art. Music is also art, but it’s been devalued because of how it’s looked at now in the industry,” stated Killa. “So the only way to establish that value is to be exclusive with something. If I’m not going to be exclusive with it, then what’s going to make this piece of art any different than any other album that you can go buy?”
Both Masta Killa and Ghostface Killah expressed they enjoyed the production on Once Upon A Time. Neither emcee has heard the final project, but Ghost says he “murdered” the beats he rhymed on.