Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. WU-TANG CLAN. 2014. Price upon request. Picture via Paddle 8 Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. WU-TANG CLAN. 2014. Price upon request. Picture via Paddle 8

The legendary Wu-Tang Clan are primarily known for their innovative and timeless music. The group consists of artists RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, Masta Killa, U-God, and Inspectah Deck. For over twenty years these men have created a specific style and technique unique to them that has inspired many of today's biggest names in music.

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is the name of their new project together that will be sold exculsively by auction house Paddle 8. The sale will only include one lot, a unique album, which only exists in one copy. It is not the master copy or a special edition, it is the only copy in existence.

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Wu-Tang Clan member Rza describes the piece as "a capture of time. A capture of the energy of some of the best MCs doing what they do. From one city to another city, one country to another country. All that energy encapsulated in these two discs, and put into this one box. That's art."

The group's decision to release only one copy of this album stems from the current commercial landscape of the music industry. By only releasing one, the CD turns into much more than a disc containing music- it turns into a unique piece of art much like a painting or a sculpture. The difference is that instead of hanging on a wall, this piece this produces music.

But the rest of the world will not miss out on this album completely, the owner will receive rights to release it 88 years after the sale. The particular number of years is a reference to the 8 original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, who are known for using numerology in their work.

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. WU-TANG CLAN. 2014. Price upon request. Picture via Paddle 8 Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. WU-TANG CLAN. 2014. Full buyer's set. Price upon request. Picture via Paddle 8

The owner will receive a the album of 31 songs and skits totaling 128 minutes in a hand-carved nickel-silver box, a 174 page leather-bound manuscript crafted by a master bookbinder, as well as a certificate of authenticity.

 

Check out the sale here!

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