Billboard recently caught up with RZA regarding new music from the Wu-Tang Clan; it was revealed that the group’s forthcoming 20th anniversary project A Better Tomorrow will be distributed through Boombotix in the form of a “limited-edition special version of the album on a portable speaker platform”. In addition:
The Wu-edition Boombot Rex, which can play music files from any Bluetooth device, and packs a powerful punch for its small size, is decorated with the group’s ubiquitous “W” logo and has a production run of 3000. Each Wu-Boombot will be embedded with eight songs from A Better Tomorrow, two unavailable-on-album instrumentals, and an exclusive song, “Big Horn B,” in advance of the full-length release (which RZA says will be out by Black Friday).
This is where is gets interesting, according to Boombotix, A Better Tomorrow will only be sold through one retailer: Zumiez. Yep.
As far as why RZA chose to go this route, he answered that question in the aforementioned Billboard interview, of which you can check out the quotes on the next page (the full interview can be found here).