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RZA: Someone Offered $5 Million For New Wu-Tang Clan Album

Casey Johnson Casey Johnson
April 3rd, 2014 4:33pm EDT
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Someone is willing to dish out big bucks for the one copy of Wu-Tang Clan's new album.

The rap group announced last week they would only produce one unique copy of "The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" and auction it off to the highest bidder.

Album features 31 tracks and is kept in a hand-card nickel and silver box designed by artist Yahya. One imagines the box comes with the purchase.

The reason for the single copy? RZA and Cilvaringz write on the project's website, in part, “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. The album will be put on listening display in renowned galleries, museums, venues and exhibition spaces around the world for only the most dedicated to experience before it disappears into the private collection of a buyer. The public will know that what they will hear will be a once in a life time experience."

RZA has since told Billboard, "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."

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