In an age where limited releases reign supreme, and art has crossed over into the music world, the Wu-Tang Clan has taken notes… and will release their own piece of art… in the form of a secret (1-of-1) double album, entitled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
According to Forbes, the 31-track double LP has been in the works since the late 1990s, and comes encased in a handcrafted and engraved silver and nickle box by British-Moroccan sculptor Yahya.
Wu frontman, the RZA, compares Once Upon… with that of a contemporary art piece.
“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” RZA tells 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. The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years … And yet it doesn’t receive the same treatment as art, in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”
Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals, similar to any high-profile exhibition, before it’s made available for purchase… with a pricetag in the millions.