Wu-Tang Clan x the POOL aoyama (Tokyo) Collection

Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Once Upon A Time in Shaolin’ will go public in 88 Years


As you know, Wu-Tang Clan only produced only one copy of their forthcoming 31-track LP, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Having been recorded in secret over a number of years, the highly-coveted album is set in a lavishly decorated container that was handcrafted by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose previous clients include royal families and other notables around the world. And now, the mysterious LP is apparently set for a public release; unfortunately, most of us won’t be alive to see this happening. According to Forbes, the project’s owner won’t be able to share the album for another 88 years, thanks to the sturdy copyright that was placed on the LP in regards to public and commercial rights.

It will still be [the owner’s] choice at that [point] to release it or not release it,” said Wu-Tang producer Cilvaringz. The number 88 is no random occurrence either; RZA sees strong symbolism in the number 8, as there are 8 members of Wu-Tang Clan, and the digits of the year this LP was sold, 2015, add up to make 8. The number laid on its side also resembles infinity which makes it more significant. A 13-minute compilation of the LP is now available at Paddle8.

We expect to see Internet leaks of this preview in the coming days.



RZA sits down with Edison Chen (CLOT) to discuss martial arts for Frank151

Arts and culture cyber-hub FRANK151 features exclusive curation by Hong Kong streetwear giants CLOT. In this short video accompanying the latest issue, CLOT co-founder Edison Chen sits down with Wu-Tang Clan’s head honcho RZA to discuss the influences of martial arts in the group’s unyielding approach to hip-hop, furthermore making comparison between Shaolin and Staten Island, and the ethos employed in the collective’s music. The insightful conversation also uncovers the meaning behind the group’s illustrious single “Protect Ya Neck,” in addition to taking reference from biblical scriptures and Shaolin and Wu Tang — the iconic film that shaped the group’s core aesthetics.