By Dustin Brewer
Taking the thought of “Collector’s Edition” to soaring new heights, the Wu-Tang Clan has a strategy that will go down in history one way or the other.
Fans of the Wu-Tang Clan have known for some time now that they have been hard at work on a new album commemorating the 20th anniversary of the band called “A Better Tomorrow.”
What fans didn’t know until the announcement today was that the Clan of Wu-Tang have also been working on a second, secret double-album and if you want to hear it, you’re going to have to be ready to drop a large amount of doubloons for the chance.
“We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like someone having the scepter of an Egyptian King.”- The RZA
That is the logic behind what is perhaps the most unheard of record-release ever planned: the Wu-Tang Clan is only releasing one copy of this secret double album.
The album; “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” will come in a silver and nickel box that was hand crafted by artist Yahya and is expected to sell for millions of dollars.
Before that though, instead of being shipped out to retailers and stores, it’ll embark on a tour of its’ own. It’ll go through museums, galleries and possibly even music festivals with the idea being that fans can purchase tickets to “listening events” where they’ll hear the album through headphones after an extensive screening ensuring that no recording devices make it past security.
You’ve got to give them credit for thinking outside the box, a risk like this is something that could put a stain on their entire comeback/anniversary celebration or it could further cement their status as one of the most pioneering acts not just in hip-hop but in all music.
Either way, it seems to already be a mission-accomplished for their goal of keeping creativity and originality in art as well as raising a debate on if releases like this are the only way to keep the album as a physical thing alive in an age where most fans get their music directly on their phone or computer.
There’s no word yet on a release date for this or for “A Better Tomorrow” but rest assured that we’ll keep you posted on where exactly you can attend such a listening party and just how much one fan is willing to throw down to own a piece of music history.