Special New Wu-Tang Album
2014-03-26 by River Tam | 56 Comments
Legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan have announced that their next release, a double album called The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, will be a limited release. But just how limited can any release be in the age of file sharing? Well, the Wu-Tang Clan have come up with an idea that ain't nothing to fuck with: there will only be one copy in existence. In an effort to advance the idea of music as art, the album will be contained in a special silver-and-nickel box designed by Yaha, a man who has designed things for royal families.


This box will go on a "tour" that may include museums, art galleries, and special tents at music festivals. There, interested parties will pay a fee to listen to the 128 minute long album. To prevent leaks, listeners will go through extensive security measures and only be allowed to hear it on headphones. No locations or costs have been finalized, but admission to hear the album is speculated to be around $30 to $50 a person. After the tour is completed, the album and its container will be sold at a currently undetermined price. However,
the group says it will be in the multi-million range. As RZA says, "[t]his is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”


To read more about the album, its release, and the history behind it, follow the link below:


www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/03/26/why-wu-tang-will-release-just-one-copy-of-its-secret-album
Tagged: Wu-Tang Clan

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fallenbird
March 27th 2014
4201 Comments


Well that's one way to release an album

Avagantamos
March 27th 2014
2680 Comments


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SGGreenman
March 27th 2014
851 Comments


Well I guess I won't be hearing the new album

someguest
March 27th 2014
21716 Comments


Do you think?

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2014
19206 Comments


cant wait for it to leak

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Static
March 27th 2014
2656 Comments


next level

ILJ
March 27th 2014
6754 Comments


i have trouble believing that this has anything to do with art and nothing to do with making as much money as possible. you're really going shaft fans like that? $30 to $50 to listen to an album once?

ILJ
March 27th 2014
6754 Comments


also lol at "multi-million"

Gwyn.
March 27th 2014
15391 Comments


There's a sign of evil genius (haha) written all over this

welp if it's anytihng like the single they released good on them but fuck it I ain't interested

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014
22167 Comments


will be hilarious if the album is awful

Uranium
March 27th 2014
7344 Comments


this is the holy grail in 21st century pretentiousness

Mabbitt
March 27th 2014
1387 Comments


will be hilarious if the album is awful [2]

Scoot
March 27th 2014
17947 Comments


that is the worst idea ive ever heard in my life tom

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ReAnimator
March 27th 2014
331 Comments


this is some next-level Jonny Craig douchebaggery

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twlichty
March 27th 2014
3461 Comments


interesting distribution technique, but $30 to listen to an album ONCE, these guys have got to be kidding. plus no Raewkon and barely and Ghostface will be on this so not worth it

Gwyn.
March 27th 2014
15391 Comments


Apparently this is gonna be a separate thing from "A Better Tomorrow", which is still gonna be released normally

Mabbitt
March 27th 2014
1387 Comments


the $30 listening sessions seems dumb, make it $5 or something. Other than that, I think it's a cool idea

TomArnoldsArmpit
March 27th 2014
3035 Comments


what an elaborately stupid way to release music

DamnVanne
March 27th 2014
1793 Comments


I've got a king's scepter, and you can put it in your mouth for free

dimsim3478
March 27th 2014
5586 Comments


This stunt has nothing to do with music or the release of music because it is simply impossible to really appreciate an album this long after ONE $30-50 listen (and if you pay to hear it more than once, or even the one time, then you're pretty goddamn sad). In the case of it leaking, it instantly becomes just another (probably shitty) 128-minute album.

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Gwyn.
March 27th 2014
15391 Comments


Double albums in hip-hop are rarely good

XingKing
March 27th 2014
11090 Comments


Thank god you guys realize how fucking stupid this is. People on my facebook feed are posting about how cool this is and I am just facepalming so hard

Gwyn.
March 27th 2014
15391 Comments


I mean it's a ridiculous idea but it's clearly genius at the same time because they'll make a shit ton of money out of this even if the album turns out to be pretty bad (And it almost certainly will which makes this all the smarter in an evil genius sort of way like I already mentioned)

XingKing
March 27th 2014
11090 Comments


I am glad they found a way to better scam people out of money

Tijnmans
March 27th 2014
361 Comments


Unless this is an album that tops Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) who cares...

MyNameIsPencil
March 27th 2014
732 Comments


This is both a really neat, and a really fuckng stupid idea
and I'll bet money that the album is actually really mediocre at best

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JS19
March 27th 2014
4497 Comments


lol forbes wtf

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KriegdemKriege
March 27th 2014
1426 Comments


This is the douchiest idea I've ever heard.

I don't think Wu-Tang understands what art is.

AdolfChrist
March 27th 2014
1843 Comments


"[t]his is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”

lol.

this is really stupid but kind of a cool concept at the same time.

Rhyme
March 27th 2014
1250 Comments


i wonder how many bands will try the same thing if this ends up being successful

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JS19
March 27th 2014
4497 Comments


It won't be

KriegdemKriege
March 27th 2014
1426 Comments


I actually think it will be successful. There's got to be someone out there dumb enough to pay a fortune for this album.

fromtheinside
March 27th 2014
19389 Comments


Hahaha this is outrageously dumb

Chrisjon89
March 27th 2014
3833 Comments


thought this was completely ridiculous until I read this is something separate to the album they have coming out to coincide with the 20 year anniversary of 36 Chambers. which i assume will be released normally.

so as a separate project, there are elements of the idea that are pretty cool.

jmh886
March 27th 2014
909 Comments


What's the point if no one is going to listen to it?

Raz0rGrind23
March 27th 2014
427 Comments


I saw this originally listed as an Onion news article thinking it was a joke. I guess the joke is on us.

Pheromone
March 27th 2014
3913 Comments


"This box will go on a "tour" that may include museums, art galleries"


JustinKing
March 27th 2014
1369 Comments


Regardless of the fact that I really do like Wu-Tang, I hope this idea doesn't live up to their expectations. The price of $30-$50 to listen to an album once is just asking too much and is almost a slap in the face to fans, in my opinion.

progressivetrex
March 27th 2014
71 Comments


Dxxxa D alredy did this in 2011.

Regulator
March 27th 2014
611 Comments


This is the best joke I have heard all month. And we are very near the end of this month.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
March 27th 2014
13677 Comments


I've got a king's scepter, and you can put it in your mouth for free [2]


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cfbassist
March 27th 2014
333 Comments


this is actually an extremely smart thing to do...

anybody who hears the album paid a large sum for it, thus they will force themselves into believing it's great to justify paying for one listen

unless this leaks it will go down as the best album in history

TomAkaVeto
March 27th 2014
1704 Comments


No it won't. Are you stupid? How can people who've never heard something consider it to be "the best album in history?"

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014
7170 Comments


This is so awful.

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Slut
March 27th 2014
2926 Comments


is this for real

emester
March 27th 2014
4595 Comments


I find this interesting yet extremely stupid in its own right. Its gonna leak one way or another

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SirDrumsalot
March 27th 2014
1614 Comments


This is pretty hilarious. Wouldn't expect it from anybody else.

Gwyn.
March 27th 2014
15391 Comments


"I actually think it will be successful. There's got to be someone out there dumb enough to pay a fortune for this album."

Enough people paid for a 100+ dollar Kanye designed entirely white T

If people payed money for that, they'll pay money for this

ILiveInNetherlands
March 27th 2014
512 Comments


The funny thing is that the majority of those who will pay for that will never understand that it sucked (if it does suck).

TheGreatQ
March 27th 2014
1570 Comments


"The price of $30-$50 to listen to an album once is just asking too much and is almost a slap in the face to fans, in my opinion."

When I read the article, it sounded more like they were saying that would be the most likely price the "venues" would charge, I didn't get the impression that the band had much choice in it. Could be wrong though.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014
22167 Comments


they had much choice in the inception of this stupid idea in the first place

TheGreatQ
March 27th 2014
1570 Comments


That's very true.

North0House2
March 27th 2014
5894 Comments


cant wait for it to leak [2]

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bloc
March 27th 2014
35086 Comments


I think this is a joke

Inveigh
March 27th 2014
25349 Comments


plus no Raewkon and barely and Ghostface will be on this so not worth it


there's no Raekwon and barely any Ghostface on their upcoming "A Better Tomorrow" or whatever it's called 20th anniversary album (odd because the 20th anniversary of 36 chambers was last November), but this is an entirely separate project, recorded over like 5 years or something.

but from my understanding RZA didn't even produce it so basically it's just an album featuring Wu-Tang rappers, not an actual Wu-Tang album.

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fromtheinside
April 4th 2014
19389 Comments


Yahoo says this thing is worth 5 mil

Sooooo that's something...



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