And another Shaolin showdown is on the horizon. We’ve all heard about the infamous Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin and the plan to release it commercially 88 years from now. The album, which features every original member of the Wu including Ol’ Dirty Bastard, is currently being auctioned and whoever makes the winning bid will be legally bound to not release any song until 2103. If you thought the fans would be upset about waiting an entire lifetime for its release, imagine how the group feels.
While some have yet to respond, Method Man has never been one to hold his tongue about his feelings on the Wu, especially the chief of the group RZA. In an interview with XXL, Method Man expressed his hatred for the project after being informed about the release date for the first time.
“What do you mean 88 years?” Method Man said in disbelief. “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.”
Even though he wasn’t in the loop about the 88-year wait, he did admit to being on-board with auctioning off the project in the beginning. He said that he was with it because it was something that “has never been done before.” But now it’s evident that he’s completely against it. Meanwhile, other members like U-God are writing off the ludicrous release date off as a “rumor.”
WHO STARTED THAT 88 YEARS CRAP SHITS A BIG FUC KN LIE GEESH !
— UGOD/WUTANG (@Ugodofwutang) March 5, 2015
RZA has offered his own explanation as to why the public must wait 88 years for the project to be released commercially during a Q+A along with Cilvaringz. Here’s what he had to say:
“Anyone who knows the Wu-Tang Clan knows that we often apply numerology, mathematics and symbolism to the things we do. There were 8 original members of the Clan when we made ‘Protect Ya Neck’ and ‘M.E.T.H.O.D Man.’ The individual numbers of this year also add up to the number 8. The broker of this work carries the number 8 in its name. The number 8 on its side is a symbol of infinity, as it was used on our album ‘Wu-Tang Forever’. You can call it mathematical coincidence, but it’s always had great symbolic significance for us. For us it also addresses the issue of music’s longevity in a time of mass production and short attention spans. Nothing about this record revolves around short-term gains, but rather around the legacy of the music and the statement we’re making.”
After catching wind of Meth’s opinion of the project, RZA took to Twitter to give a more brief explanation about the “non-commercialization” clause.
— RZA! (@RZA) March 5, 2015
The album, which was a joint effort between RZA and producer Cilvaringz, consists of 31 songs with verses and skits from every original member. There are also guest appearances from affiliates of the Wu and veteran singer Cher. With the auction still underway, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin has already received offers as high as $5 million. It’s only a matter of time until the future owner of the coveted album will make the winning offer.