Wu-Tang Clan Reveals Double Album to be Heard in Art Galleries
We’ve all been awaiting the release of A Better Tomorrow, Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming album that had been predicted to drop as early as last summer. But this week, an announcement from RZA came out of left field: The hip-hop group has a double album and they’re only planning to sell one copy.
Titled The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the album is considered a collector’s item. Eventually, according to statements made by RZA, it will be treated like art – that is, shown in galleries across the world. A high level of security and special headphones are expected to protect against privacy.
He explained: "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."
Announcing this project, RZA and producer Cilvaringz put out a statement online, explaining that the exclusiveness of this release is to make music equal to high art again – a quality, they claim, has been lost by technology making songs easily accessible.
In taking this “400 year old Renaissance-style approach to music”: “[W]e hope to inspire and intensify urgent debates about the future of music. We hope to steer those debates toward more radical solutions and provoke questions about the value and perception of music as a work of art in today’s world.”
As of now, Wu-Tang’s proper full-length album is scheduled to come out in July.
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