It’s 5:00pm on a Friday and I’m currently bumping back to back deep house vinyls putting off cleaning my apartment before my mother lands at JFK later tonight and comes looking for a comfortable couch to spend the weekend on… So in my internet explorations of procrastination I came across a certain Kickstarter. A certain Kickstarter which I myself have already donated $5…
Now this Kickstarter has a goal set at $5MILLION, no minimum donation, and, in all honesty, no real promise that you will get anything at all out of supporting their cause even if they do meet this small fortune of a goal. This Kickstarter is for the collective fans of Wu-Tang to have the opportunity to come together as a single force and enter the upcoming auction for the secretly recorded, limited 1 of 1, never before heard double album The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
A little under a month ago there was a wave of articles covering the existence of this album and the explanation behind why Wu-Tang decided to release it as they will. They claimed their aim is to reintroduce the idea of music as art. RZA was quoted saying that “We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” Before being auctioned off to the highest bidder, the album will first be taken “on tour” to different locations around the world where, for a $30-$50 “listening fee,” visitors will be allowed to listen to the record. Once. And possibly never again.
The Kickstarter profile reads that should they meet their goal and win the auction they will then distribute the album for free. A digital copy would be distributed to each individual backer and then, through our friendly neighborhood internet providers, it would eventually find its way into the hands of anyone who wanted it. The page continues to read that although there is always the chance of being outbid once the auction actually takes place, all donations can be refunded or, if the people prefer, put towards an attempt to book Wu-Tang for a performance that would then be free to all those who donated. Cool.
None of the above has anything to do with the $5 I chose to donate. I did that to pick a side. The Wu side. Because if the WU PEOPLE don’t at least try to win this, you know who will? A brand. Or worse, a record company. OR MAYBE, as the Kickstarter suggests, a filthy rich person who finds it amusing to keep it locked away once they have it. Which like, alright you win, bruh, have fun. But if it is a brand or a record company (which it almost definitely would be because they got all this MONEY and can benefit HEAVILY from an otherwise never to be released album) then we’re going to end up paying for it anyway. Or not be “allowed” to download it “for free” because we have an iPhone instead of a Droid and then we’re gonna have to repeatedly ask our tech savy but slightly less stylish friends to send it to us via Google Drive which we don’t really know how to use all that well anyway. And honestly, not for nothin… what do you think ODB would prefer?
I just found some xanax on my coffee table so I’m gonna have to be out but the answer to that question is that ODB is dead.
Also just real quick, this: RZA Speaks About Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate Who Cut Off His Own Penis