It's been just over a week since RZA announced that the Wu-Tang Clan would only be selling one copy of their next album, The Wu-Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and the multi-million dollar offers are already rolling in.
One buyer is willing to put up as much as $5 million for the long awaited double disc. "Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday," the producer revealed in a interview with Billboard earlier in the week. "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."
The $5 million bid is the "biggest number" the Wu has received thus far, but it doesn't mean they're taking the deal. "I don't know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we're doing is being understood by some," he said. "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 LP was secretly recorded over the last six years, and is produced by RZA and Wu-Tang affiliate Cilvaringz. In his announcement to Forbes late last month, RZA likened the single-sale collector's item to "having the scepter of an Egyptian king," and it looks like fans are willing to invest in the piece of hip hop history.
A website created to promote the album describes it as "the Clan's legendary dark funk and avant grade sound" in the same vein as the "original Wu-Tang style of the '90s."
The release coincides with a forthcoming 20th-anniversary Wu album titled A Better Tomorrow.
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