If you want to buy Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming double-album, you’re going to have to shell out lots of money.
The hip-hop group plans to release only one copy of “The Wu – Once Upon a Time In Shaolin,” a 31-song secret album. No mass production. No digital streaming.
The group’s decision was influenced by technology, which Wu-Tang Clan believes has diminished music as an art form, according to an online post by Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh and The Robert “RZA” Diggs, two of the group’s members.
“By taking this step, we hope to re-enforce the weight that music once carried alongside a painting or a sculpture,” the duo wrote on the website scluzay.com.
“The album will be put on listening display in renowned galleries, museums, venues and exhibition spaces around the world for only the most dedicated to experience before it disappears into the private collection of a buyer. The public will know that what they will hear will be a once in a life time experience.”
Plans for the unique album release were first reported by Forbes. The sole copy of “The Wu – Once Upon a Time In Shaolin” will be presented in a hand-carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya.
Wu-Tang Clan is also releasing a standard commercial album this year, “A Better Tomorrow,” marking the group’s 20th anniversary.