Their ’90s heyday may be long gone, but the gentlemen of Staten Island’s own Wu-Tang Clan still know how to move the crowd.
The 10-member collaborative have recorded a 31-track album — The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin — that has hardcore hip-hop heads digging into their 401Ks just for a listen. With good reason: See, instead of releasing the collection in stores and online, Ghostface, Method Man, Raekwon and the crew have pressed one single copy of the disc in hopes of auctioning it off to the highest bidder.
The album was produced by Cilvaringz and recorded in secret over the past few years. Since there’s only one, it’ll be encased in a hand-carved nickel-silver box designed by British-Moroccan artist Yahya.
Whether the move is gimmicky or ingenious is still up for debate; whatever the case, the phones are ringing. Offers for the album have reached seven figures, RZA, the Wu’s camp’s de facto spokesman, told Billboard Wednesday.
“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday. 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.”