Cher Appears on One-Pressing Wu-Tang Clan Album
Out of all artists who could collaborate on a hip-hop track, Cher seems the least likely. Yet at a recent listening of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the singer’s vocals clearly emerged.
After, questions circulated about Cher’s role, and a rep confirmed that the “Believe” singer did contribute two separate cuts. The rep told the press: "She recorded her parts separately, so I don't believe there was direct interaction."
Cher appears on a track with Ghostface Killah, singing the hook "Wu-Tang, baby. They rock the world."
The group’s website credits her as Bonnie Bo Mason, the name used to release her first single in 1964.
Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a one-off effort: That is to say, based on members’ previous descriptions, a single-pressing album that will tour museums and galleries across the world for specialized listening, and will eventually be sold to the highest bidder. The intention is to make music high art again, after years of downloads diluting its value.
However, Wu-Tang Clan still has a proper album in the works, titled A Better Tomorrow. Delayed since last summer, the release is expected to come out sometime this year. According to reports from RZA, Tomorrow may continue to be put off, as certain members aren’t contributing any material and aren’t partial to the direction.
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