It’s an eventful time in the house of Wu. DOOM has reunited with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah on a track from Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD‘s upcoming collaborative album with Ghostface, Sour Soul. Meanwhile, Wu-Tang might soon be selling the single copy of its more closely guarded album of 2014, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
Ghostface and DOOM have previously collaborated as DOOMstarks, but they haven’t released a song together since 2011′s “Victory Laps.” On Sour Soul‘s “Ray Gun” (via Buzzfeed), the noir-ish Wu story painter and enigmatic U.K. word-weaver team up over cinematic, horn-stirred jazz-funk that might appeal to another recent Ghostface collaborator, Black Dynamite scorer Adrian Younge. The album, which also includes guest spots from Danny Brown and former Slum Village member Elzhi, is due out on February 24 in the United States. Ghostface said last month in a Reddit AMA the DOOMStarks album would be out this year, though it’s unclear how much progress the rappers have made on it.
As for the rest of Wu-Tang, the New York hip-hop icons spent the tail end of 2014 promoting their new album A Better Tomorrow, but earlier in the year they released another LP, available only as one copy. Not much has been revealed about that record, titled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, other than the involvement of Cher. Now comes word the sole Shaolin record could soon be on the market.
Wu-Tang’s RZA told Forbes.com, which has reported previous scoops about the album, that the lone copy will be sold via auction site Paddle8. The transaction will reportedly be handled as a private sale, rather than a traditional auction. RZA said he’d share more information at a press conference penciled in for January 28. The new single-copy record “should be, and is, considered a piece of modern art,” RZA said in the video interview.
Listen to “Ray Gun” below and scroll down to watch Ghostface perform “Love Don’t Live Here No More,” from his recent 36 Seasons album, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.