Wu-Tang Clan To Sell Single Copy Of New Album
Wu-Tang Clan have revealed they are to sell just one copy of a new album they have been recording in secret for the last six years.
The hip hop group's leader Robert 'RZA' Diggs told Forbes the 31-track album is currently sitting in an "engraved silver and nickel box" near the Atlas mountains in Morocco.
Titled The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, it will apparently go on tour to museums, galleries and festivals before it is sold to one wealthy fan.
"We're about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before," said RZA.
"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 sceptre of an Egyptian king."
It is understood London's Tate Modern might be one of the locations where fans will be able to listen to the 128-minute album, under strict security conditions.
The dates of the "tour" have not been finalised yet.
On the project's website the band revealed that the album, produced by Cilvaringz, features guest appearances from Redman and, bizarrely, FC Barcelona football players.
The website says: "The music industry is in crisis. Creativity has become disposable and value has been stripped out.
"Mass production and content saturation have devalued both our experience of music and our ability to establish its value.
"Industrial production and digital reproduction have failed. The intrinsic value of music has been reduced to zero. Contemporary art is worth millions by virtue of its exclusivity.
"This album is a piece of contemporary art. The debate starts here ..."
Wu-Tang's 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, is due to be released later this year - and not just to fans who have deep pockets.
The New York group's eight surviving members are RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa. They are frequently joined by their friend Cappadonna.
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