You've heard of rare records before, but what Wu-Tang Clan is planning for its stealthy double album, The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is unprecedented. The legendary rap group will sell only one copy, encased in an engraved silver and nickel box. It will be very, very expensive.
It's actually a brilliant plan. When explaining the album to Forbes, the RZA spared no hyperbole. "We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music," the legendary rapper said. "We're making a single-sale collector's item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king."
Indeed, before it's put up for sale, the album and box (engraved by British-Moroccan artist Yahha) will travel to galleries and art museums. The Tate Modern is among them, according to Wu-Tang member Cilvaringz who's been in charge of the album for the past few years. Cilvaringz told Forbes that he got the idea to sell only one copy came after Samsung paid Jay-Z $5 million to "leak" his latest album, Magna Carta. Wu-Tang also expects to fetch a multimillion dollar figure.