Wu-Tang fans have banned together and launched a Kickstarter campaign to purchase and distribute the iconic NY clique’s secret album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. As it was previously reported the album–which has been worked on in total and utter secrecy over the past few years and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder– has already allegedly fetched a hefty 5 million dollar bid from an undisclosed patron and this campaign is an attempt to liberate the album from the possibility of being purchased by a hack, who will keep the piece for him/herself. The campaign was established by Wu-fans Russell Meyer and Calvin Okoth-Obbo who explained the nature of the campaign:
“The risk is some Saudi oil baron’s kid spending his dad’s money to collect a trophy and then he’ll keep the album to himself and fans the world over will suffer.
If for some reason we are unable to purchase the album to distribute it to all fans or we are outbid, there will be a vote to either refund all money to backers or use the money to fund a Wu Tang related project such as a free concert for backers.
The founder of this group will not profit by even a single penny of backers’ contributions, nor will a cent be spent until the auction date when the entirety of funds raised will be bid in an attempt to win the album.”
So there you have it. If you’re one of the millions who have been waiting for this release since it was announced just a few weeks ago, then here’s your opportunity to make sure the piece doesn’t fall into the wrong hands (though if they wanted to outbid the current leader, shouldn’t they have shot to exceed the highest bid and not match it?) We’ll see how this one plays out, but you can contribute to the campaign and make sure we at least get the chance to hear this new Wu piece by hitting the campaign trail yourself. We’ll have more on the this bold effort as we get closer to its end, slated for June 9th as of now.