Somewhere in Morocco, a vault is hiding an engraved silver-and-nickel box. This artifact was designed by British-Moroccan artist Yahya–and it will soon contain one copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s new double album. The title of the album is The Wu-Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. It was recorded in secret over the past few years, and they are going to sell exactly one copy. But if all goes according to plan, that’s all they’ll need to sell..
Instead of a traditional major label or independent launch, the historic Hip Hop group will be selling their album for a multimillion-dollar figure. “We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” explains Robert “RZA” Diggs, in an exclusive 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.”
Well, it’s sure something different than anything ever done before in the music world. There’s the possibility that some super-wealthy citizen will buy the album and release it for free so that everyone can enjoy the new album. Or maybe Richie Rich will keep it to himself, never sharing the art with the world, and with the rest of the public only able to hear the music at very special art exhibitions.
As huge Wu Tang fans, we’re praying that whoever buys the record will rip all the digital files and spread them out for the world to hear. But in a time when album leaks happen on a weekly basis, there’s something intriguing and wonderful about the possibility of an album that will never be heard by 99.9 percent of the world. Except for the rich guy and ourselves, because we’re totally cool with rich guys, so hook us up, okay?