Following the announcement that Wu-Tang Clan will only release one of copy of their The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album, a handful of dedicated Wu-Tang Clan fans have tried their luck at getting their hands on the lone copy of the group’s album via fundraising campaigns.
While those fans hope to share the project with the masses, one fan in particular plans on destroying The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin in an "artistic and grandiose manner" if he were to win the auction for the album.
That particular Wu-Tang fan, Chris Everhart, recently spoke to Noisey about the Kickstarter campaign he created to raise funds to bid on The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. When asked how he plans on destroying the album if he gets a chance, Everhart says he may liquefy the album or even return it to the Earth.
“This is a work in progress,” Everhart said. “Unfortunately, at this time the answer to this question is, ‘it depends.’ Suppose that the purchase of the album takes my full money goal. That leaves little for my performance piece. If I have some left to tool around with, it will have some more gusto to say the least. To throw you a bone here, though, I am currently considering liquefaction and/or returning the work to the earth. There will be no five second bra burning here.”
Later in the interview, Everhart compared his planned destruction of the album to significant events in religious history.
“The Crucifixion of Christ, or maybe the flight of Muhammad,” he said, when asked what rituals he would compare the destruction of the album to. “I don't know much about the Five-Percent Nation, but I know that the Wu is into that. So maybe I will respectfully mirror one of their traditions.”
Everhart also labeled those in Wu-Tang "self-righteous" for their decision to auction off one copy of The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin for millions, and also called RZA blasphemous.
“I interpret this move by the Wu-Tang as ‘self-righteous’ on multiple levels,” he said. “On one level, the sense of self-importance that their work of art is worth this price tag is egotistical to the core. Sadly, this will be confirmed if someone actually pays a multi-million dollar sum in order to purchase it. This remains to be seen. RZA has compared this work to that of Mozart. WTF WTC?! This is blasphemy coming from a musician.”
Everhart’s Kickstarter campaign includes a goal of $6 million to be reached before July 28. So far, he's raised a little over $10,000.