Method Man has spoken about his group the Wu-Tang Clan’s secret album ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’, stating, “fuck that album”.
It was recently reported that ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ is being auctioned online after being stored in a vault in Morocco last year. According to a new microsite which has been launched in conjunction with the auction, the person who buys the lone copy of the album will be forbidden from reproducing it for 88 years due to copyright law.
“I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too,” Method Man, who was unaware of the legal stipulations, told XXL. “Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing…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.”
He continued: “I was cool with shit. But now, this is ridiculous. Eighty-eight years, really? If that shit is true, that shit is stupid.”
Explaining the copyright regulations, Wu-Tang’s RZA had written on the album’s microsite: “When you buy a painting or a sculpture, you’re buying that piece rather than the right to replicate it. Owning a Picasso doesn’t mean you can sell prints or reproductions, but that you’re the sole owner of a unique original. And that’s what ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ is. It’s a unique original rather than a master copy of an album.”
RZA previously divulged that the group had already received an offer of $5 million (£3 million) for ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’. The 128-minute long double album, made up of 31 songs, was mainly produced by Wu-Tang collaborator Tarik “Cilvaringz’ Azzougarh.
Meanwhile, Method Man is currently working on his solo mixtape ‘The Meth Lab’, which is expected later this year.