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The Wu-Tang Clan’s limited edition album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin – of which only *1* copy will be produced and sold to the highest bidder – has gotten offers up to $5 million, RZA told Billboard.


“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday. I’ve been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don’t know, and they’re also emailing other members of my organization,” RZA said. “So far, $5 million is the biggest number. I don’t know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we’re doing is being understood by some. And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It’s been real positive.”


More light has been shed on the project, at its official website, which describes the album as follows:

“EZCLZIV introduces The Carmen Clandestine Experience, the world’s first private music service. Its first release for private sale is The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin… a new double Wu-Tang album consisting of 31 new tracks exclusively recorded with the entire Wu-Tang Clan. It includes special guest appearances by Bonnie Jo Mason, Redman, FC Barcelona soccer players and a unique tapestry of guest performers. The album was produced over a period of six years by Wu Tang producer Cilvaringz under the tutelage of The RZA. The album encapsulates the Clan’s legendary dark funk and avant garde sound and is produced in the original Wu Tang style of the 90s. This is the first high-profile album never to be commercially released to the public and the first of its kind in the history of music. The music is available for purchase and ownership by one individual only. It is presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya,” reads the website’s “About” section.

It continues in the Edictum: “Wu-Tang producers Cilvaringz and The RZA present the first ever private music album. The music will only ever have one incarnation. It will not be made available digitally or in any other existing mass format. After touring the album at festivals, museums, exhibition spaces and galleries for the public as a one off experience, it will be sold exclusively to one buyer. 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…”

“The main theme is music being accepted and respected as art and being treated as such,” RZA added. “If something is rare, it’s rare. You cannot get another.”

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6 Responses to "RZA Says Offers Up To $5 Million Have Come In For “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin”, Wu-Tang’s 1-Of-A-Kind Album"
  • Josh says:

    I just want whoever buys it to release it somehow.

    It’s not fair, after being burned on other wu tang group and solo releases, to have wu-tang clan show they could’ve made a real grass roots album using the same kind of records they sampled from in the beginning – to go ahead and do it and then not let it be heard except by one wealthy douche.

    I also don’t like that cilvaringz did all the beats; he has done some good beats but after that ridiculously ignorant 9/11 skit on his album i lost pretty much all respect for him.

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