As RZA and Raekwon continue to argue over the latter’s absentee role in the Wu-Tang Clan’s long-awaited A Better Tomorrow LP, some more details have surfaced about the group’s top secret double album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Since it’s looking to raise millions with its one-of-a-kind art piece status, Forbes — a.k.a. the magazine for millionaires — scored the exclusive on traveling to Marrakech and actually seeing the thing.
In a video available here (apparently Fortune 500 companies don’t believe in sharing … or YouTube), reporter Zack O’Malley Greenburg discusses its creative and musical development with various sources close to the project. He also gives viewers a brief look at the object itself — which is lined in leather, hand-carved with nickel silver, and took three months to make — and a snippet of a song featuring Ghostface Killah, wailing sirens, top-heavy beats, a crowd shouting “Wu-Tang!” and a vocal line that sounds a lot like Cher saying, “Wu-Tang, baby. They rock the world.”
Sure enough, a member of the singer’s team confirmed her involvement in the record today, telling Rolling Stone she’s on two tracks. “She recorded her parts separately,” the rep added, “so I don’t believe there was direct interaction.”
Find out more about Once Upon a Time in Shaolin at its official site, which adds that “Redman, FC Barcelona soccer players and a unique tapestry of guest performers” are also set to appear on it.