"Wu-Tang, baby. They rock the world," the legendary artist reportedly sings on the top-secret project.
Like the Wu-Tang Clan, Cher is an iconic musical artist with a storied back catalogue. Like the Wu-Tang Clan, Cher ain't nothin' to fuck wit. So it makes all the sense in the world that Cher appears on the Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming "secret" double-album, "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin."
According to Forbes (via Rolling Stone), Cher appears on two songs on the album, singing the line "Wu-Tang, baby. They rock the world," at the end of one song. A rep for Cher has confirmed the collaboration, saying, "She recorded her parts separately, so I don't believe there was direct interaction."
Musical sleuths could have seen this piece of news coming for weeks: on the official web site for the album, it reads that "Bonnie Jo Mason" will make a guest appearance on the album. Bonnie Jo Mason is the name Cher used to release her first single, "Ringo, I Love You," in the early 1960's.
"Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" is the Wu-Tang Clan album that the legendary hip-hop troupe has recorded in secret over the past year, and they are only releasing one copy of it. The 128-minute opus will be heard at galleries, festivals and exhibitions yet to be announced, and then sold to the highest bidder.
"We're about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before," Wu-Tang mastermind RZA said in March, when the project was announced. "We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We're making a single-sale collector's item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king."