While Wu-Tang Clan members and fans bicker and babble over the whereabouts and rollout of A Better Tommorrow, the RZA is claiming that their not-so-secret-anymore album is the one that will be the goldmine.
The album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is an limited edition one of one and will go to the highest bidder. Acting as the official spokesman of the Clan for the matter, RZA tells Billboard that he’s already received offers ranging from $2 million to $5 million.
May there will also be museum and festival tours and possibly safaris and pony rides?
“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday,” he said via phone from Los Angeles Tuesday, during a break from promotion work on “Brick Mansions,” his forthcoming film with the late Paul Walker, and “Gang Related,” his Fox show launching next month. “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 number,” he continued. “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.”
The 31-track album, which was recorded in secret over the past few years and produced by Cilvaringz “under the tutelage” of the RZA, was announced a week ago today. It will be housed in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by British-Moroccan artist Yahya.
Fans may have to keep it cool waiting for that 20th anniversary album because as we know, money talks and everything else can limp along elsewhere.
To play devil’s advocate, what if the music sucks though? Check out the album’s coffin on the flip.