Twenty-one years after their debut, Wu-Tang Clan is still flipping the script.
Later this year, the iconic rap group will release a new album, called A Better Tomorrow. Everyone will be able to get that album when it drops later on in the summer. However, there will be another Wu-Tang album: one more interesting, one that will be more exclusive.
Like, really exclusive.
The album is a double LP called The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. The project was recorded in secret over the years.
The interesting thing about the album is the presentation.
According to Forbes:
“Somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.
The lustrous container was handcrafted over the course of three months by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal families and business leaders around the world. Soon, it will contain a different sort of art piece: the Wu-Tang Clan’s double-album The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, recorded in secret over the past few years.”
For those who want to hear the album, you’ll have the opportunity to, but it’s going to tough. The Wu, which is 31-tracks, will be featured at galleries and exhibits. Those exhibits will be heavily guarded, so no one can steal the album.
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA talked to Forbes about the project:
“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.”
According to the RZA, he expects the album to sell “in the millions.” And after that, he, she or it can do whatever they want with the album (like, release it for mass consumption).
Wouldn’t it be funny if this was just like a secret U-God album or something?
SOURCE: Forbes | PHOTO CREDIT: Forbes