Is "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" An Official Wu-Tang Clan Album?
A number of those that are close to the Wu-Tang Clan have been presented to suggest that the album don't, in fact, an official Wu-Tang Clan project.
The knotty, complicated, and often controversial story of the Wu-Tang Clan coveted, one-of-a-kind once Upon a Time in Shaolin album has only a bit more ... well, complicated, complex and controversial.
In a newly published research paper by Bloomberg, the publication spoke with several of the more nearby, the famous rap group, with all of them, suggesting that the 31-track, double CD, which was sold to Martin Shkreli – the famous and widely ostracized former pharmaceutical executive – for $2 billion in 2015, is not, in fact, an official Wu-Tang Clan album.
Bloomberg, the piece begins with a comment from Killa Sin, Wu-Tang Clan affiliate, and a member of the Staten Island Hip-Hop group Killarmy who is currently serving a 16 years to life imprisonment in the Sing Sing correctional facility in Ossining, New York. The rapper, who throughout his career has appeared in a number of records with Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killah and more, recalled the recording of a string of verses to Cilvaringz (the producer behind the album) a couple of years ago, before his arrest and subsequent incarceration.
"The way he presented it, was that it was going to be, basically, his album, and he wanted me to do some work for him," Killa Sin told Bloomberg of his recording session with Cilvaringz, apparently without knowing that his work was intended for the now famous Wu-Tang Clan album.
Not only is Killa Sin, who has suspicions that surround the cautious nature of the project.
"It is not an authorized dealer of Wu-Tang Clan album. It never was," he insists Domingo Neris, the manager of U-God, one of the founding members of the group.
The manager of Method Man, James Ellis, said: "When we did the verses, it was a Cilvaringz album. How he became a Wu-Tang album from there? We are not aware of that."
Shyheim Franklin, another Wu-Tang Clan affiliate who has previously performed live with the likes of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B. I. G., also sh