It all started in 2015, when former hedge fund manager and now convicted felon Martin Shkreli paid $ 2 million for the very rare Wu-Tang album Once upon a time in Shaolin The abbot of Wu-Tang, RZA, considered it advisable to follow in the footsteps of colleagues like Jay-Z, who sold his Magna Cart Holy Grail in a deal with Samsung, music in an era of streaming to make valuable. Of course, RZA would never have anticipated that the new hip-hop super group project could fall into the hands of a character like Martin Shkreli. When the project finally arrived on eBay, RZA tried to buy it back.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, RZA explains what happened. "The first thing I did was call my lawyer, and I thought, 'Yo, let's go,' he said, 'and they said,' Alright, check with your contract. ' # 39; And it's not, you can not do it. "The album was sold to a buyer for almost $ 1
After following this strange and turbulent saga, you'll remember how After Shkreli and Ghostface were caught in a public online beef, U-God, claiming RZA, turned the group into a dictatorship, with a judge ordering Shkreli to lose his stake in the album until the album bizarre in US Attorney General Jeff Sessions landed hands, and Shkreli was reportedly asked to divest $ 7.4 million of his assets to the US government, as his prosecution fraud with the judge involved the rare album portion of these assets As it stands, the fate of Wu-Tang's notorious album is in a kind of limbo as Shkreli is in jail, and the terms of his ownership of the album include Have a clause not to sell it for 88 years. But RZA has not lost hope.
"I definitely read every article about it," RZA said. "It's kinda crazy, the record has become a unit different from many albums, it's like Mona Lisa it has its own folklore, and I wanted that and (co-producer) Cilvaringz. "Given that Jeff Sessions is practically in possession of his work, RZA said," The last album I had Jeff Sessions did. "Wow, that's crazy." As for Shkreli's situation – the RZA is less interested.
"I did not follow his case," RZA said. Look, nobody likes prisons. I have been imprisoned a few times myself. Do not like it, do not advise or prescribe it to any man, and I'll do my best to stay. But if he has done the crime, and it seems that he had agreed that he did the crime, then he must take the time to do it, that is part of our I would hope that everything was done right, made legal and correct, and everyone came to a pure decision that was not motivated by anything but truth and justice, but if it's the lie that motivated people, then sometimes you get the backend . "
As for the arrangements made during the album's purchase, RZA is keen to stick to its own words. "The rules are important to me in life," said RZA. "I would hope that the clauses given to Mr. Shkreli will be respected because it was a legal, binding thing and I just hope that whatever happens, that legally all the things we thought protected, what it was and what it remains intact. "
Anyway, RZA has tried to get the album back into the right hands. "It was hard for me to sell this album because I wanted it on my coffee table," he said. "I actually tried to get it back," he added, but unfortunately the agreed contract prevents him from doing so legally. "I've lost fans because they think I've done something that is not in the nature of Wu-Tang," he said. "I think they are wrong, but they will have their say, right? They felt that we were trying to make music something that only the elite could have, and that is a far cry from reality."  The RZA's intentions seem to be true – people need to re-evaluate how much time, effort, and energy goes into a project just to be consumed quickly and without full appreciation – it was a huge loss to many Wu-Tang fans.