There’s always a secret kept away from the hands of even the most pure of do-gooders. The masters will always keep that secret close until the right time comes to unleash it. And sometimes those secrets are kept within a sacred case created with mastery. And crafted by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, the Wu-Tang Clan has announced that it will have their double album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin in that container. According to Forbes, the album has been in the works for the last few years.
But here’s the kicker to this elusive and long-time well-kept secret, there’s only going to be one copy.
Robert “RZA” Diggs stated:
“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.”
The goal of the group is to bring this one once in a lifetime album the world of art. The group wants to prove that music can be viable as an art form and kept that way. The idea is to have the music presented as Once Upon A Time In Shaolin tour that would occur in museums, galleries, and other forms of intimate artful venues according to RZA and Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh the album’s producer. Of course, just like high end exhibitions the cost of tickets will also most likely match the experience.
RZA also stated:
“The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years. And yet its 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.”
Jamiel “Masta Killa” Arief added:
“I think it’s a musical portrait that’s going to revolutionize music in the future. And I’m thankful to my brother Ringz, to collaborate with, and I’m ecstatic to be a part of it.”
After the tour, many ideas have been stretched out for the one-time release. It could be sold to museums themselves, it could be sold to a record label for them to release, or it could even be sold to a fan who just keep it away to themselves forever. Cilvaringz and the group are thinking that it could be sold “in the millions.” Either way, this is one ambitious project that the producer and group have in mind. Considering that the conception had first sprung in 1997, it just may be time to unleash this grand idea. Cilvaringz stated “It took a long time. After five years, I’m sitting here and I’m like, ‘Am I really going to release this record and see it die after a week?'”
No date has been confirmed for the Once Upon A Time In Shaolin double album release or its tour. But the band’s new album A Better Tomorrow will be released in July 2014. Listen to their newest track “Keep Watch” here.