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Wu Tang's 'Shaolin,' and five other all-time crazy box sets

Sure, the forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan album The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin… will only be available to one person and is “presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahy,” but how does this one of a kind musical artifact stack up against some of the other, crazier box sets in music history? (Or even the Wu-Tang bike?)

Check out some of the most extreme (and extremely expensive) box sets in history:

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Wu-Tang Clan to release one copy of new album, sell it for millions

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When Wu-Tang Clan does something, they do it all the way. Case in point: The group’s crazy secret new album strategy that the world learned about yesterday in an extensive Forbes story.

As the product’s official website indicates, the legendary rap team’s stealthy new record is called The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. There’ll only be one copy of the album… like, ever. It’ll be grandly “presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya,” and yes, it looks as fancy as it sounds. Before that one copy is sold, though, civilians can listen to the album when it embarks on an ambitious tour of museums, galleries, festivals, and other such happenings around the world. Then after that, the item will go up for sale, with an expected price range somewhere in the multi-millions.

Deep breath, guys:

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RZA releases Paul Walker tribute song 'Destiny Bends': Hear it here

Among those affected by Paul Walker’s death is Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA, who late last night released a tribute song to his friend and former coworker.

Titled “Destiny Bends,” the song was written shortly after word of Walker’s passing went public, RZA explains in the SoundCloud post.

“I met Paul on the set of the film Brick Mansion, where we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood,” he wrote. “I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art. We saw in each other a kindred spirit of men coming from unlikely circumstances, and rising to be the light and beacon of our family and loved ones.” 

RZA, who has been sidelining in films for a while now, said that he and Walker “had plans to continue working with each other in the future. … It seemed destined, but ‘destiny bends.’”

The track was composed by RZA and his two sons, with vocals by Will Wells. The post ended with the following note: “This song is not for criticism, it’s just a sketch demo. Please enjoy and reflect.”

Listen below:

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Livestream the Bonnaroo Festival starting today -- watch Paul McCartney, Macklemore, Nas, the National and more

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Even though Mumford and Sons announced today that they’ll be canceling their Bonnaroo headlining gig while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from a blood clot on his brain Jack Johnson will step in to replace them – there are still approximately 97,000 bands, solo artists, comedians, and collective super jams to see over the next three days.

But if you’re not among the 80,000 attendees testing the limits of their capacity for mud, music, and psychoactive substances in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend, you can still enjoy the show from the warm, dry comfort of your laptop.

To watch Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang, the National, the Lumineers, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, Beach House, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Solange, Schoolboy Q, Cat Power, ZZ Top, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids and many many more in real time, go to Ustream.tv/bonnaroo. Homemade living-room mudpit (and of course, clothing) optional.

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ODB, Eazy-E getting holograms for Rock the Bells tour fest

Get ready for a summer full of H.W.A: Holograms With Attitude.

The touring hip-hop festival Rock the Bells announced its 10th-annual lineup, and a cursory perusal indicates it’s in line with previous iterations, with a mix of exciting new players (Earl Sweatshirt, Black Hippy, Flatbush Zombies) and venerable veterans (Jurassic 5, Common, Rakim).

That’s until get to the bottom of the list, however, and see that this year’s Rock the Bells will include not one but two holograms — Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E, to be specific. Way to bury the lede, Rock the Bells!

Billed as “special guests,” the resurrected late greats will offer up “original virtual performances,” whatever that means. ODB — also known as Big Baby Jesus and Dirt McGirt, among other names — will be hitting the stage with the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan, who are in the festival’s lineup. He died of a drug overdose in 2004. Eazy-E, was originally a member of gangsta-rap pioneers N.W.A., but he’ll be joining his mentees Bone Thugs N Harmony. That group’s 1996 hit “The Crossroads” was written in honor of Eazy-E, who died of complications from AIDS in 1995.

So, where can you catch these rapping apparitions? Rock the Bells will be taking place at the following dates:

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Coachella day three: Wu-Tang Clan celebrates their 20th anniversary and more

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“Hurricane Wu just hit,” cracked one of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan, amidst a savage sand storm that shellacked Coachella on Sunday night. If you looked up into the sky, you could see two things: gusts of swirling dirt and thousands of audience members throwing “W” hand gestures in the air.

Maybe Coachella was the perfect setting for the Wu-Tang clan. Celebrating their 20th year in operation, the New York rappers are ostensibly the antithesis of the stereotypical Coachella performer. Their music is frequently dark, violent, and cold—a product of inner-city poverty, grime, and cracked genius. Yet there were few more anticipated acts of the weekend.

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Interview: Dhani Harrison talks 'Beautiful Creatures,' the RZA, and Abbey Road

Between promoting the latest album from his band thenewno2, scoring the movie version of the YA-lit hit Beautiful Creatures, and collaborating with the Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison has been a busy man lately. We caught up with the son of the Quiet Beatle to find out more about about what he’s been up to.

Speaking on the phone from Los Angeles, Harrison discussed everything from recording at Abbey Road and being in the studio with the RZA to remembering the late Ravi Shankar.

It’s probably the only interview namechecking Catfish Keith that you’ll read all day. Check out the full Q&A below:

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RZA's 'The Man with the Iron Fists' Soundtrack -- Hear it here

The trailer for the RZA-directed The Man with the Iron Fists poses a number of questions: What is happening? What is Russell Crowe doing in that mustache? Can we buy a ticket now? But one thing is for certain: the soundtrack is pretty badass.

RZA is the guy who produced Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) after all. So it’s no surprise that he called up a bunch of his friends — including Kanye, Pusha T, The Black Keys, and his Wu-Tang comrades, no big deal — and made what is likely to be one of the best hip-hop movie soundtracks this side of Menace II Society.

The record hits stores on Oct. 23, but it’s available now to stream online — check it out after the jump.

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Ol' Dirty Bastard biopic casting -- Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin reportedly vying for the role

You know the Wu-Tang rules, kids: C.R.E.A.M. (Casting Rules Everything Around Movies).

It may be that getting the Morgan — as in erstwhile comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy — will bring in maximum dollar dollar bills y’all; he’s the most famous name mentioned so far in the move to bring Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s life story to the big screen.

ODB’s cousin Raeshawn has penned the tale of the man born Russell Tyrone Jones’ rise to hip-hop legend before his 2004 death from a drug overdose just two days before his 36th birthday.

Eddie Griffin (Malcolm and Eddie, Undercover Brother) is also in the running, according to press reports, and he may be the most likely candidate; he actually knew Dirty, and has reportedly already signed a letter of intent to take on the role.

“Eddie Griffin is down,” surviving Wu-Tang Clan member RZA told XXL. “Me and Eddie talked about it, laughed about it. Tracy Morgan, he wanna do it [too]. I said ‘Ya’ll both kinda can do it…  [but] Eddie spent time with Dirty, they knew each other well.”

Readers, tell us what you think: who has sufficient amounts of grilled-out, Wu-growly shimmy shimmy ya to take on ODB in the cineplex — Morgan, Griffin, or someone else casting agents haven’t considered yet?

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Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu and more set to hit Rock the Bells 2011 Festival stages

Last night the lineup for hip-hop’s premiere festival, Rock the Bells, hit the Internet. Once again, Lauryn Hill and Nas will hit the stage. And there’s a familiar twist: instead of performing a catalog-spanning slew of songs, they and several other icons will perform classic albums in their entirety.

Lauryn, of course, will perform The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. While Nas will drop gems from his debut set, Illmatic. Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface will run through Only Built for Cuban Linx. And Mobb Deep plans to crank out The Infamous.

Tickets for the shows go on sale June 4. Read after the jump for a list of some of the headliners, dates, and venue locations.

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