Earlier this week, the auction for the Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin went up, and among the terms and conditions was an interesting caveat: While the eventual owner can play the album wherever they want for whoever they want, they won’t be able to publicly release it for 88 years. It appears that not all of the Wu-Tang members were on board with that plan. In a new interview with XXL, Method Man expressed disbelief when asked why the album wouldn’t be available for so long: “What do you mean 88 years?” He went on to say this:
Fuck that album. I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, fuck that album. Straight up. I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, fuck that. Give it to the people, if they want to hear the shit, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a fuck; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the fucking music out. Stop playing with the public, man.
[…] I dug the whole idea in the beginning. I’m like, ‘Wow, this has never been done before. I was cool with shit. But now, this is ridiculous. 88 years? Really? If that shit is true, that shit is stupid. You have to wait 88 years to hear some shit? By that time, it’s going to be fuckin’ played out. If it ain’t already played out. I hope that’s a rumor. Whoever said that, that shit is fuckin’ stupid.
Sounds like there’s some miscommunication in the Wu-Tang camp. And Method Man’s right… it is really fuckin’ stupid.
UPDATE: RZA has clarified some of the stipulations of the auction on Twitter:
— RZA! (@RZA) March 5, 2015
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