RZA Tried to Buy Back the Rare Wu-Tang Clan Album to No Avail
Now that Martin Shkreli is in prison serving out his seven-year sentence for securities fraud, the fate of the rare Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is up in the air. According to reports, the album is in the the U.S. government hands as they tried to procure $7.4 million of Shkreli’s assets.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, RZA, who initially sold Shaolin to Shkreli for $2 million, revealed that he tried to buy back the album but couldn't do it because he signed an agreement that prohibits him from doing so.
“The first thing I did was call my lawyer, and I was like, ‘Yo, let’s go,’” RZA told the publication. “They said, ‘All right, check with your contract.’ And it’s no, you can’t do it. Ain’t that a bitch?” he said of the conversation had with his attorneys about buying back the project.
Nevertheless, RZA is amazed at how this one-of-a-kind album grew from a rare commodity to this now sought-after project that Wu-Tang fans are eager to hear.
"It's kind of crazy. The record has become an entity, very different from a lot of albums," he said. "It's like the Mona Lisa. It's got its own folklore, and that's what me and [co-producer] Cilvaringz wanted."
"But I think it's super interesting. The last album I was talking about, Jeff Sessions had it. I was like, 'Whoa, that's crazy,'" he continued.
There's no word if RZA will meet with Jeff Sessions to see if he could buy back the Shaolin album.
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