The Only Copy


By: Connor Lenahan

I am woefully unfamiliar with the works of the Wu-Tang Clan. I have heard a few of their songs yes, however I have not spent time working through their discography. Their legacy alone was reason for me to dedicate time to becoming familiar with the entire body of work of the men of Shaolin, but today something else was brought to my attention that has made them one of my favorite groups in history.

Wu-Tang has not released an album since 2007’s 8 Diagrams. An announcement that another Wu-Tang album was on the way had been made to the public months ago. The album is (probably) going to come out in July. This is reason enough to rejoice. Wu-Tang is back.

Then RZA dropped a bomb. Not only would the aforementioned A Better Tomorrow be released in 2014, but another Wu-Tang CD, one recorded over the past few years, entirely in secret, would be released as well. Anytime an album is dropped out of nowhere, you have my attention. Beyonce did it last December, Wu-Tang this year. Only they weren’t done yet. They set the stakes higher than ever before.

The secret album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, will only have one copy. Ever. A singular copy of the 31-song LP will be produced. It will travel around the country to allow Wu-Tang fans, like my friend Isaac Dashefsky, to listen to the album. There will be heavy security to ensure the album will remain a Holy Grail-esque item. Once the tour of the artifact is done, the album will be put to auction.

I don’t care if you are a fan of Wu-Tang or not, this is an incredible idea. We live in an era where everything is accessible with ease. I can bring up “Protect Ya Neck” off of Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers in a matter of seconds. The thought that there would be an album from a legendary group of artists that only exists in a singular form is mind boggling and an affront to 2014 technology. I love it. Get me a ticket. I’m all in on Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. This is the greatest album promotion in history.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at