Posted in hiphop | music on March 26, 2014

Thinking inside the box:
Wu

Veteran Staten Island hip hop crew Wu-Tang Clan are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with a few different projects. First up is a story that would sound like an early April fools joke if it was from anyone else -- The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is a new 31-track album recorded in secret over the last couple years. Your chance at hearing it, though, is only slightly better than your odds of scoring a reservation at Rao's.

Forbes reports that only one copy of the album is being produced which will be kept in a handcrafted engraved silver-and-nickel box and will then be toured in museums. It is there that the public may pay to listen to the album via headphones after a thorough screening process to keep pirates at bay. After the museum tour, the album will be put up for sale "in the millions," says RZA. He's got more to say about the record:

We're about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before. 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.
For a Wu-Tang Clan album you will be able to purchase, the group -- who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year -- will release A Better Tomorrow this summer. Maybe. Dissent within the group -- mainly between RZA and everyone else -- might make this A Better Tomorrow (Or The Month After That). Says Raekwon in a recent (and mammoth) feature on Grantland:
It's like getting the United Nations to all agree on one fucking thing. Italy ain't having it. Japan is on some shit. You know what I mean? Now, here it is, the 20-year anniversary that's so decoratedly respected that we might not even be on time for this shit.
Whether the album is done or not, you can stream a track from it, "Keep Watch," below.

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Comments (28)

Please BV, can we have two separate, but equal, sites so that one can cover the hip-hop exclusively. There's no need to mixed them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 7:16 PM

What's in the box? WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!

Posted by Brad Spitt(!) | March 26, 2014 7:20 PM

man, I liked Wu and thought GZA's Liquid Swords was awesome but this is a little pretentious.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 7:25 PM

I'm pretty sure this has been done about a million times before. You can see a lot of examples in museums. It called 'art'. Sometimes people talk about it as 'paintings' or 'sculptures' but most aren't created by people that no one has cared about in 15 years.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 7:31 PM

Yeah most of them are by people no one has cared about in hundreds of years. And he said music. I don't think he was comparing it painting.

And is this kind of genius? Some dumbass will end up paying a lot of money for this album.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 7:55 PM

wot iz des niggas smokin?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 7:59 PM

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Posted by leen | March 26, 2014 9:17 PM

I thought Wu-Tang was for the children?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 10:32 PM

will be pirated at the first museum where it's displayed, 100% guarantee

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 10:37 PM

This is actually a brilliant idea.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 10:37 PM

Will have a CD-R of this trite rubbish within a day or two of this release.

Posted by Matt Fuller | March 26, 2014 10:49 PM

Hi 7:55. Clearly you are smart. Clearly.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 11:14 PM

This wouldn't be cool even if their music was listenable.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2014 11:32 PM

This, mos def, ain't nothin' to fuck with.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 12:09 AM

guess it can still be called wu and be good rap if everyone else is on it, but without dirty, to me its not the same and can't ever be as good as the full original wu tang clan with dirty. rip odb.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 12:57 AM

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Posted by auto key programmer | March 27, 2014 4:44 AM

Man I want drop a liquid sword on that box.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 9:37 AM

the music on this thing is sure to be turrible, otherwise they would release it to the world and let the free market decide its worth

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 9:44 AM

Read the full Forbes piece. Wu is trying something, maybe even saying something. That's more than can be said for ya trolls.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 9:59 AM

love it when blacks say "this shit" to refer to their doings, and then complain about racism and stereotypes

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 10:53 AM

No ODB No Afghan Whigs

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 10:56 AM

9:44 thinks they're actually relevant because they steal music off of the Internet and then talk about it on blogs. Clearly a real mover & shaker.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 11:18 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 12:43 PM

i'm eagerly waiting for this piece of art

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