Hip-hop act Wu-Tang Clan may have brought the gritty underbelly of New York to the surface with provocative hits like "Protect Ya Neck" and "Method Man," but it's in South Korea where they're seeking their next fortune.
The group announced Wednesday that it's currently in negotiations to build a theme park in the country, while development plans continue to be put to paper.
The Staten Island rappers opted for establishing an attraction across the Pacific after talks with Jimmy Kang, the vice president of their management company, who initially broke the news of the possible deal. Kang, who's been with the company since 2010, has a reputation for harnessing his own entrepreneurial instincts, having started and run his own nightclubs, record label and booking agency before hooking up with Wu-Tang Clan.
2 Unreal Proposition
Kang's also a native of Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was only four years old. It was likely the executive's early ties to his native country that sparked the notion of a theme park, one which took him by surprise. He thought the proposition was unreal, but one that had enough of a sentimental element to make it worth pursuing.
Kang's father was a businessman while in Seoul and when the family relocated to the U.S., his father continued with that career, but was overwhelmed by the English language, especially with business, financial and legal documents. That's where his son helped him translate the material, which sparked his own interests. After excelling in business college and being immersed into the hip-hop culture, he put his two interests together. Those successful ventures culminated in joining Wu-Tang Clan's management after his booking agency inked a few gig deals with the band.
1 No Word On Opening Date
The nine members, who all have their own solo careers, haven't recorded together since recording the much-hyped "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" album in 2017, of which only one copy of it was released and purchased by jailed pharmaceutical magnate Martin Shkreli for a reported $2 million. But when the group does get together, whether it be for a studio venture, tour or a theme park, that's where Kang steps in.
The vice-president did not divulge details on the project's construction or an official opening date.