Wu-Tang to sell just one copy of its new album

“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” says RZA.“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”

True that. The legendary hip hop crew Wu Tang has announced that it's only going to sell ONE copy of its new album. The album might be purchased by a corporation (a la Samsung) who would enjoy the cachet of bringing Wu-Tang's new record to its customers. Or it could be bought by a millionaire who'd keep it to themselves, or even altruistically give it to the rest of the world for free.

Another element to their plan would be taking the artifact itself on a tour of museums, galleries, festivals and such things. There would be a charge to attend, heavy security to guard against recording devices, and visitors would have to listen to the album on headphones provided by the venue. The primary producer of the album, Tarik 'Cilvaringz' Azzougarh explains it like this: “One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept.”

And while you're on that Wu-Tang buzz, check out Amos Barshad's recent and very excellent 10 part feature on the group at Grantland.

ps. this record is going to leak, right?

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