March 5, 2015


Method Man on Wu-Tang Keeping Album Private for 88 Years: "F*ck That"

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Johnny Nunez/WireImag

If you've been living under a rock where all music is released traditionally and albums do not cost $1 million or more, you're in for a surprise. Wu Tang Clan, in 2014, announced a comeback album—a separate one from December's A Better Tomorrow—called The Wu: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The release would only see a single copy made, available for purchase by the highest bidder. The news hit a while back, with reports of $5 million bids rolling in after. (Also: Cher is on this Wu-Tang album.)

Forbes advanced the tale this week with an article stating that Shaolin would only be commercially available in 88 freaking years, once "the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work."

Now Method Man's taking his crew to task for the idea. Speaking with XXL on Wednesday, the "How High" rapper seemed to discover the 88-year clause in mid-interview. His reaction:

“I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, f*ck 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*ck that. Give it to the people, if they want to hear the sh*t, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a f*ck; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the f*cking music out. Stop playing with the public, man.”

Method said he was super into the idea originally, the single-album-as-artifact scheme, so it's not all beef. Squad-leader the RZA also stepped in on Twitter to clear things up:

So that's that. Pork-buns ARE a very non-vegetarian option, so it doesn't seem fair to get upset about that part. Although it didn't really seem like RZA was upset, anyway—right before the tweet-clarifications, he shared a post celebrating the mighty Method Man's 44th birthday.