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Wu-Tang Clan have made only one copy of their latest album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, that may only see release commercially 88 years from now.
The album was recorded at the Clan’s Staten Island home and consists of 31 tracks. According to SPIN, the album is being sold in a private sale overseen by Paddle 8, the same company that auctioned Kurt Cobain’s credit card. The buyer of the album will have the rights to release it commercially in 88 years.
Producer Cilvaringz says, “We felt that retail commercialization and mass replication would dilute the status of the album as a one-off work of art and compromise the integrity of our statement.”
There’s no need to worry that there will be no new Wu-Tang Clan music to listen to for eight decades though – they’re still releasing new tracks and performing live. The Clan will be playing shows in Europe in June and they recently released the long-awaited album A Better Tomorrow. They released several tracks leading up to the album release, including “Necklace,” “Ruckus in B Minor,” and the album’s title track. Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA also released a one-off single, “The Mexican,” with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine in February.