RZA says that the offers for the top secret Wu-Tang Clan album have already started pouring in, starting at $2 million and going up to $5 million.
As we reported on last week, Wu-Tang Clan are taking Jay Z's #newrules hashtag to new levels (in the words of Meek Mill, there are levels to this shit), with the release of a singular copy of an album recorded in complete secrecy, The Wu- Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
The 31-track album was recorded in secret over the past few years, mainly with one Moroccan-born producer named Cilvaringz. The Wu are treating it as though it were any other valuable piece of artwork, and thus producing just one copy, which they plan to sell for millions. RZA revealed in a new interview with Billboard today that the crew has already started receiving offers for the album.
"Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday," RZA told Billboard. "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 producer also spoke on the whole concept and idea surrounding the valuable LP. "The main theme is music being accepted and respected as art and being treated as such," RZA explained. "If something is rare, it's rare. You cannot get another."
For those who cannot afford to offer $5 milly on The Wu- Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, there is always Wu-Tang's reunion LP, A Better Tomorrow, slated for regular commercial release.