Despite finally getting the entire Wu-Tang Clan back together for their 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, it’s a little bitter sweet for frontman RZA … because he will lose money on the project.
In an interview with the New York Times, the rapper/producer discussed the financial cost of crafting the long awaited album, revealing that he expects to lose around $500,000.
“Everything,” RZA replied when asked what he’s paying for out of his own pocket. “And, I won’t recoup. I’m already over budget. Maybe I’ll net out a half-million-dollar loss.
“I invested in the album,” he continued. “Look, if I never did anything again in music, it wouldn’t affect my life materially. I live a very satisfying life. Not because I’ve made a few dollars, but because I have a wife who loves me and children who wait for me to come home. And that is beautiful. I think that’s the American dream: to be at peace at home.”
Later, RZA spoke about the Wu’s prestigious single copy album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, and they decided to put a $5 million pricetag on it.
“When we made the announcement, emails came in. People just started — ‘Yo, I want it,’ ” RZA explained. “My boy from London, 1.2. The biggest offer that came in was, ‘Yo, five million.’ Whoever pays five million for this, I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. There’s potential to make much more, but I don’t think it’s a commercial thing… I think this is an art thing. You don’t buy the Mona Lisa to sell it.”
Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow is scheduled for release on December 2.