*The Wu-Tang Clan’s unprecedented plan to produce just one copy of its new double album in order to increase its value is already paying off big time.
According to RZA, the group has already received seven-figure offers for the one-off 31-track record, called “The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.”
“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday,” RZA said. “I’ve been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don’t know, and they’re also emailing other members of my organization.”
“So far, $5 million is the biggest,” the rapper (real name Robert Diggs) added.
“I don’t know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we’re doing is being understood by some. It’s been real positive,” RZA added.
“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.”
Wu came up with the idea for their long-awaited album to be treated like a collector’s item to remind the industry that music is art. Packaged in a one-off silver-nickel case, the album will tour festivals, museums and galleries (with patrons paying to hear it and tight security so it can’t be copied).
Wu-Tang then plans to auction it to the highest bidder, hopefully for millions, theoretically placing a contemporary musical work alongside expensive contemporary art.