Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” Album Has Been Purchased


(AllHipHop News) The secret, one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin has an owner. According to reports, a private collector purchased the project for a bid “in the millions.”

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Wu fans still will not be able to listen to Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. The owner cannot commercially release the music for almost 9 decades.

“After 88 years the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work,” said producer Cilvaringz. “However, it will still be his or her choice at that [point] to release it or not release it.”

At one point, some members of the Wu were at odds over the idea most of the world will not be able to hear the collection in their lifetimes. Others understood the concept RZA was trying to achieve by turning Shaolin into an art piece.

“I think the only way to establish value in something is for it to be exclusive. That’s the whole point that I gathered for that particular piece of art. Music is also art, but it’s been devalued because of how it’s looked at now in the industry,” Masta Killa told AllHipHop.com. “So the only way to establish that value is to be exclusive with something. If I’m not going to be exclusive with it, then what’s going to make this piece of art any different than any other album that you can go buy?”

"The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" Packaging
“The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” Packaging

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