There is no more storied, iconic, and historic piece of physical music on earth than the single copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s unreleased album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. After nearly a decade under wraps and in private hands, PleasrDAO purchased the complete album, with plans to oversee and fulfill Wu’s original vision. Bring da motherfuckin' ruckus.
“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of music…This is like someone having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
— RZA, The Abbott, head of the Wu-Tang Clan, 2015
The two-CD, 31 track album was conceptualized and then produced by Cilvaringz alongside RZA in secret over the course of six years starting in 2007 and includes every member of the Wu-Tang Clan, sans Ol’ Dirty Bastard who died in 2004. Once completed, they pressed a single copy to be encased in a leather covered box with an interior nickel/silver-plated “box-within-a-box-within-a-box” made by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. Ownership of this monument is accompanied by strict legal repercussions against any improper digitization and/or distribution of the work.
Yes, this is Doge. The iconic Doge. WOOF!
What started off as ‘just’ an internet meme has worked its way into becoming a cultural phenomenon and a perennial piece of art. Doge, centered around a Shiba Inu dog with suboptimal grammar, has undoubtedly become the most loved meme of the decade. Whilst weaving its way into our hearts, this special canine has also paved the way for the viral memes that came after it.
In June 2021, Atsuko Sato, the owner of the famous Shiba Inu (who goes by Kabosu), minted the original photo as an NFT. The NFT is the rare 1/1 original piece that pays tribute to the whole Doge movement and related internet phenomena. It was sold for a record-breaking price of 1696 ETH ($5.5 million) to PleasrDAO, an experimental art collective.
The story of PleasrDAO began with a single tweet.