Snippet From "The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" Album Revealed

Wu-Tang Clan album features the group "going back to '93-'97," according to producer Cilvaringz.

Wu-Tang Clan premiered a snippet of its forthcoming The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album to Forbes, the collection the group announced it would make and sell only one copy of.  

Forbes writer Zack O’Malley traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco to go to the studio with Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, the album’s producer. 

“It’ll kind of show you the intensity that we managed to get,” Cilvaringz says. 

The snippet features Ghostface Killah and is available in the video below.

Cilvaringz describes the music as “raw,” “rugged.”

"Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, that title it’s because this is the final time that you’re going to be able to hear the guys as they were then,” the producer says. "It’s like nostalgic trip back to all those chambers, those styles. Here them one more time.” 

In March, it was announced that the Wu-Tang Clan will make and sell only one copy of its forthcoming The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album.

Forbes said at the time that the album has 31 songs that clock in at 128 minutes. The RZA and the album’s primary producer, the Morocco-based Cilvaringz, want to take the album on a tour through festivals, galleries and museums, and charge a fee to listen to the album.

“The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years,” RZA said. “And yet its doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”

RZA and Cilvaringz say they were inspired by Jay Z’s Samsung partnership for the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail and Nispey Hussle selling his Crenshaw mixtape for $100 a copy.  Last month, RZA said he had a $5 million offer for the album.

"Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday,” RZA says during an interview with Billboard. "I've been getting a lot of e-mails -- some from people I know, some from people I don't know, and they're also e-mailing other members of my organization.

"So far, $5 million is the biggest number," he continues. "I don't know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we're doing is being understood by some. And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It's been real positive."

“I think it’s a musical portrait that’s going to revolutionize music in the future,” Masta Killa said to Forbes. “And I’m thankful to my brother Ringz, to collaborate with, and I’m ecstatic to be a part of it.”

The album will be housed in an engraved silver-and-nickel box that was handcrafted by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal families and business leaders around the world. 

RELATED: Wu-Tang Clan Making & Selling One Copy Of "The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" Album

23 Comments

  • LOL

    I SEE HIPHOPDX TOOK DOWN MY COMMENT ..LOL YOU EVEN TOOK DOWN THE LIL PLAY SNIPPET THING YOU 1ST HAD WHEN YOU POSTED ORIGINAL ARTICLE .. AGAIN .. THIS IS SOME BITCH SHIT ..WU RELEASE THE DAM ALBUM ... HIP HOP NEED THIS? WHY THE GAMES? ... CORPORATE GREED ..RZA YOU COULD HAVE PAID RAY AND GHOST OUT YO POCKETS.... AND TOOK A CUT ON YO END... BUT I UNDERSTAND BUSINESS IS BUSINESS RIGHT ...THATS WHY IN THE END ALL THAT ELEVATING ISHH YOU TALKING IZ BULLSHIT, AND THE RAP GAME IS THE WAY IT IS NOW ..CUZ CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME CREAM GET THE MONEY ...DOLLA DOLLA BILL YALL....

  • Cam Gamma

    Wu just needs to bring back the 36 chambers... show love and support for up and coming rapper Cam Gamma @ http://camgamma.com

  • Anonymous

    stop crying you selfish bitches

  • Fuck CilvaCockRingz

    Eat a dick you towel head bitch.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn't pay $5 let alone 5 millions Something ain't adding up

  • Anonymous

    $97/hr pavivdv by Google, I am making a good salary from home $5500-$7000/week , which is amazing, under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it's my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone, Here is I started,,, =========================== >>>>>>> WWW.YELLWORK.COM ===========================

  • Anonymous

    Young Thug would murda dat beat

  • Anonymous

    my best friends half-sister makes $62 /hour on the internet . She has been out of a job for 8 months but last month her income was $20290 just working on the internet for a few hours. try this website ======================================= >>>>>> http://www.workbarr.com =======================================

  • stopplayin!

    shit is not fair. ima murder whoever buys that tape and leak that shit!!!

  • AntwuanDixon

    How the fuck you wanna take the album on a tour if it's 128 minutes long?! That don't make sense? There's gonna be people catching fades and shit!

  • Anonymous

    that cher thing is pretty crazy

  • Anonymous

    Rap might be the only music genre where the artists are constantly trying to take it back to the days of wayback instead of moving forward

  • Slumdawg

    Nah some rich arab is gonna get this and keep it. thats what i would do !!!! u really spend all that money and then give it away for free? niggaz dont live by that code yo, maybe some rich white boy will, lets hope! that snippet killing me though, shit sounds heavyweight !

  • jkrjkg`

    production sounded wack tbh

  • Anonymous

    I need some new WU

  • m

    oh......my.......fuckin......GOD!

  • RC

    Wu-Tang better off going out on a high note & just making this their final studio album as a group. You're never gonna get anything better than vintage Wu-Tang from back in the day, never. Might as well do whatever they're gonna do with it & call it wrap as far as group albums go. Wu-Tang might be forever but the chemistry sure as hell ain't.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck that. Greedy ass RZA not letting the fans get the opportunity to purchase this. Some rich bastard gonna buy it cause he can instead of the fans that helped get Wu-Tang to who they are. Yal lost touch with reality and the fans. Smh

    • anonymous

      Or maybe you are just missing the point. Maybe the person who will by the album will be an entrepreneur who is going to buy it and then sell it to the fans for the price of a double album. Most likely that will be happen. Whether it is a label that buys it and then sells it or just someone else. Shit, if some rich bastard does buy it they may just leak the shit. Think outside the box bruh.

    • Anonymous

      maybe he might leak that shit.

    • PUUSSY JUICE

      Let me just write a 10 mil check for this. Oh wait i don't have 1 percent of that money, and Cilvarings wack anyway. Imagine forcing me to travel to the city, pay the train fare then I gotta drop 50 to listen once?! No thanks bruh I think I just listen to Liquid Swordz again.

    • Anonymous

      Ahahahahaha, RZA don't give a sh!t about his fans. He ripped off thousands of his fans on his soul temple music site and blamed it on the website admin. As if that's the customers/fans' problem.

Most Discussed News