March 28th, 2014
05:13 PM ET
Planning on picking up that new Wu-Tang Clan album?
You better have some deep pockets.
The rap group recently told Forbes that they plan to release only one copy of their upcoming double album, "The Wu — Once Upon A Time In Shaolin," which the group has reportedly been working on in secret for years. Group member RZA said the album will be contained within an engraved silver-and-nickel box created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya who has been commissioned before by royalty.
"We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music," RZA told Forbes." We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
“One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept," he said.
The hope is that once the tour is concluded, the album will be purchased by either a label or a wealthy fan or collector.
Buzz about the 128-minute album with 31 songs will probably help draw attention to the group's 20th anniversary album "A Better Tomorrow" set to release this summer.
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