Here’s a tiny follow up to my article on weird by-products of the streaming-music-era which was published yesterday on BDC Wire.
In that piece, I called out Wu Tang Clan’s plan to auction the sole one copy of their new record as a HUGE fuck you to fans. Today I learned that Wu fans are trying to win the auction with a Kickstarter campaign. From an interview with the ringleader:
"I can’t imagine RZA being upset if enough Wu-Tang fans get together and raise enough money to purchase [the album]," + "We don’t want some guy in Dubai who literally has money to burn to buy it as a collector item that only six people will get to listen to." - Russell Meyer
This is perhaps the most frustrating music fan quote I’ve ever read. Upset? Really? We’re so far from the proper fan response to this money-grubbing stunt that we’re worried our favorite artist will be mad at them for raising millions to hear their new music? Dear Russell Meyer, RZA is pissing all over your shoes, man. You shouldn’t be raising money to do this, you should be throwing all your Wu albums in the garbage. RZA WANTS the guy in Dubai to win this auction. This was not designed, in any way, to service fans. It’s a bold money grab that every member of Wu Tang, past and present (I’m talking to you RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa*), should feel ashamed.
*Ol’ Dirty Bastard exempt, RIP