The Wu-Tang Clan have released their latest project, A Better Tomorrow, to mixed-reviews. While that stands as the most recent album in their catalog, many fans are still wondering about the fate of the group’s ‘secret’ album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which — according to ongoing news stories — went from seeing million-dollar bids to plans for a special auction.
Now, the album’s producer and apparent caretaker Cilvaringz has revealed that whoever eventually owns the project won’t be spreading the wealth for a while…as in 88 years (source).
After 88 years the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work. However, it will still be his or her choice at that [point] to release it or not release it.
That’s right — unless you shell out your wealth for Shaolin‘s only copy in the world. You probably won’t be alive to ever get a chance to hear it. Probably.
Of course, this whole mystery surrounding the album wouldn’t be as newsworthy if it weren’t for a more recent twist in the story: it would appear as if other members of Wu-Tang not named RZA weren’t aware of this 88-year clause. What?
XXL recently asked Method Man about it, and — after recovering from minor shock, we presume — didn’t hold back:
F*** that album… I’m tired of this s*** and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. F*** that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, f*** that album. Straight up.
I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, f*** 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 f***; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the f***ing 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,’” he said. “I was cool with s***. But now, this is ridiculous. 88 years? Really? If that s*** is true, that s*** 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 s*** is fuckin’ stupid.
In related news, Method Man will be dropping his forthcoming mixtape Meth Lab soon.