In January, RZA announced that a single copy of the new Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, would be released via auction, leaving fans wondering if they will ever get a chance to hear it. The tracks are still under wraps, but Watchloud has an interview with Andrew Kelley — an A&R and creative director who has worked with the Wu since 2009 — where he shares details on what he calls "some of the best stuff I’ve heard from them in years." Here are a few highlights:
Who is on it: "All of them are on it. Ol’ Dirty Bastard is on there. I don’t know how [Cilvaringz] got the verses, but they’re unreleased verses.... Everyone from Shabazz Disciple to Killa Sin, all the guys who were affiliated with the Wu and were dope, they’re on there. Raekwon’s on there like 12 times, Ghost has a verse rapping about the origins of the mask and why he started wearing it."
What fans will think: "[It's] exactly what the fans want. When Ringz made that album [Once Upon a Time in Shaolin] he went into it like, 'I’m gonna make the best Wu album for the fans.' He really went above and beyond to do that, and it’s incredible."
Where it came from: "Originally he was building a Killah Priest album, and that’s when — I don’t know if it was an inspiration or an investor or whatever you wanna call it — someone came in and said, 'Let’s do a Wu-Tang album.' So he spent six years getting verses from all the guys and putting together this huge record."
Read more over on Watchloud.
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