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And will be encased in a silver case. Also will be "very, very expensive".
just really pleased about this
"The entire Clan appears on the record, plus Redman, "FC Barcelona soccer players" and a singer called Bonnie Jo Mason - thought to be an alias for Cher"
not very generous.
does a disservice to the concept. It isn't meant to be an elitist fuck you as such, but a way to share music on a different basis, through touring it in "museums, galleries and festivals". The albums producer, Cilvaringz says "the core of our ideas is to inspire creation and originality and debate, and save the music album from dying”, but it's no doubt profit driven too. Lets be honest, somehow or other the music will get out there eventually, but by reducing the supply to a single physical item in the days where demand for physical music is so low is an interesting & unique way to try and profit from making music.
If you read Grantland's excellent piece of journalism into the Wu-Tang and their separate lives today (linked below), he refers to how "the tenets of free-market capitalism birthed them". Wu-Tang was always a profit driven exercise, but that desire and internal competition was part of what made them great.
Cilvaringz says "“It might totally flop, and we might be completely ridiculed.", and I think that's the more likely eventuality. But if it even halfway succeeds it'll be one of the more interesting marketing strategies in music since 'doing a Radiohead' came about.
But it's quite sad that they think that for music to be considered art, it should be limited and very expensive. What is art in this case is the physical object (and not even the record, but just the case it comes in). They have a point about working on an album for a long time and it then disappearing, but imho they choose the wrong strategy to fix that: they should just make a good record that people don't forget about in a week (which is still possible, I mean, people still listen to enter the Wu-Tang, no?);
I think it's clear the opportunity to make money out of it is a big factor, not simply that it's perceived as art. That was the same from the beginning, it was the same on 36 Chambers. C.R.E.A.M.
Thinks it even stated in the forbes piece that there intention is to make money. It's just a marketing strategy but it will be interesting to see how this turns out.
I was just really annoyed with the whole 'restore music as art' part, as it is total BS.
I'm not really standing up for the concept, frankly, I think it's a bit ridiculous, and will probably flop massively, but it's interesting nonetheless. Maybe there is something to be said/some nostalgia for the days where music wasn't completely freely and readily available, and possibly some value to that kind of experience (as a one off) too.
and built buzz around the group again and their new release.
one could certainly argue that this other album is all an elaborate publicity stunt.
The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will be the material those who paid $50 to listen to will proclaim to be better than 36 Chambers.
EXCUSE ME? presents Once Upon A Time In Shaolin… a Wu-Tang album consisting of 31 remastered excerpts of Ol Dirty Bastard's intimate time with a McVities digestive.
It includes guest appearances by loose affiliates of the Clan, whoring themselves for exclusivity. The album was produced and recorded in shame over a period of six years of soul searching and crying by The RZA.
The album is largely devoid of the Clan’s legendary sound and can largely be simulated by tugging on one's cheeks while human beat boxing near a bee hive. This is the last high-profile album never to be commercially released to the public and the last of its kind in the history of music.
The sole existing exemplar of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, of which all backups and digital files have been destroyed in shame, was sold through the New York auction house, We Saw You Coming on October 8th, 2015 to an anonymous American collector with more money than sense, making it the single most expensive musical work ever sold in the history of music. The idiot should have given the money to charity.
It was presented in a hand carved nickel-silver casing designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya and accompanied by a gold leafed certificate of authenticity, a pair of customized PMC MB2-XBD speakers worth $55.000 (that will be $55 dollars to three decimal places) and a 174 page volume containing lyrics, credits and genuine bodily fluid.
Think I saw a $5m asking price somewhere, so that's $416k a track.
Those skits had better be on the same level as classics like these:
- Torture, from 36 Chambers: 'TSSSSSS'
- Woodrow the Basehead, from Supreme Clientele: 'Crack rules everything around me, motherfucker!'
- Don Rodriguez from the Bronx, from Liquid Swords: 'I think you do know him'
The skit industry is in crisis. Creativity has become disposable and value has been stripped out. It's time for Wu-Tang to redefine what a skit can be in this day and age.
With GZA doing John Barnes' verse, as he's the only MC who can even step to him these days
For 2 million dollars!
To that pharmaceutical executive douche who raised AIDS medicine prices by 5000%!
Capitalism wins again.
To the moaning Wu Tang fans:
“At the end of the day, they didn’t buy the last album or the one before that, and all they had to pay was $10.”
On getting artists to do a personal concert:
“The reality is, sure you could. You know, at the right price these guys basically will do anything.”
On getting more artists to make private albums for him:
"Do your best work, however much time it takes, and never compromise anything for me. I just want to hear what you’ve got”
On his new Wu Tang album:
“I could be convinced to listen to it earlier if Taylor Swift wants to hear it or something like that. But for now, I think I’m going to kind of save it for a rainy day.”
playing soggy biscuit. With some RZA beats.
The guy has been absolutely mugged off.
2 million dollars for an album cobbled together by a no name weed-carrying producer, from a group who haven't made a good album - even with all the big names on board - in 15 years.
Either way, this is the final nail in the Wu-Tang coffin.
Was great while it lasted guys...
It's a beautiful coffin tho. Something like a pyramid made of gold.
then that's $69k a track.
If it includes intro tracks for each disc and an outro, then that's $207k spent on skits. Or just over 41 pills.
includes a clause that permits one attempt by Wu Tang (and/or Bill Murray) to steal it back. If they're successful they regain full legal ownership rights.
Great bunch o' lads
feat. Bill Murray, obviously
let him hold it for 30 seconds, then knock him out (either they or Bill Murray can do this I guess) and take it straight back.
this has turned out as too good to be true :(
Still Skreli has said "I would honor the proposed Bill Murray & WTC amendment to the album purchase agreement. Just know, I am not the one to steal on."
He also has a pinned tweet giving a poll asking "Next survey. Who should I approach to make a private album for me (which I will never share)?"
Really enjoys playing the pantomime villain, doesn't he? Would almost be amusing if he didn't kill AIDS patients.