Some time in April, I heard on the wireless (radio) that Wu Tang Clan had released a secret album, that had been recorded through the course of a number of years. Some how, possibly due to my bad memory, and busy schedule, I neglected to talk about this.
Anyway, the album titled, “ Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” will not be made available commercially…. AT ALL. This mysterious, and extremely fascinating album will however be circulating a number of galleries, and other listening platforms around the world, in it’s very expensive titanium box. The RZA said that a few days after the announcement and release of the album, Wu Tang received a $5 million dollar offer for the copy. The album is a 31 song compilation, and a 51 second clip of Ghost Face was made available by the producer. You can go and listen to the clip here
The website (http://scluzay.com/) dedicated solely to the album, any purchase offers, or press related queries offers pretty elaborate explanation for this brave endeavour. They say “While we fully embrace the advancements in music technology, we feel it has contributed to the devaluation of music as an art form. By taking this step, we hope to re-enforce the weight that music once carried alongside a painting or a sculpture.”
In the mean time, Wu tang will be releasing a commercial Album titled A Better Tomorrow in July, so keep an eye out for that.
To all this, I say BIG UP WU TANG. I am a great advocate of respect towards artistry, in whatever shape or form. Let’s wait and see what the next move is. It would be nice to get some comments from some of the crew, I did leave a press message, fingers crossed that they get it and I get a reply.
peace and love