Once Upon a Time in Shaolin (partially found Wu-Tang Clan album; 2014)

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Once Upon A Time In Shaolin cover.jpg

The album's cover

Status: Partially Found

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a rap album made by the Wu-Tang Clan, famous for their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers.) The album had two different sides, Shaolin School and Allah School. It was marketed to be the last Wu-Tang sounding album to ever be made[1] and featured every living member of the Wu-Tang Clan during the time.[2] It was recorded in secret for six years and only one copy of the album ever exists. The decision behind this was to make it feel more like art from the Renaissance era.

When RZA, the member's lead singer was asked to talk about what the album was about, he refused to comment. He also even intended it to be played all around the country in many different events, but sadly that couldn't happen thanks to the most hated man in America, Martin Shkreli. Despite this, many snippets exist online but it is near impossible to decipher which song belonged to what.

Release[edit | edit source]

The album was played for 13 minutes at MoMa PS1 for 154 people on March 2, 2015. However, there were no recordings known to exist of it because security confiscated people's cell phones before the event played.[3] After the event, the album was stored in Royal Mansour Hotel and all backup copies were destroyed[4]. Later on, it was sold at Paddle8 for 2 million dollars making it the most expensive album ever to be sold. A significant amount of the money was given to charity,[5] a thing Martin Shkreli will never do.

Martin was forced to sign a contract stating he can not commercially exploit the album but can upload it for no charge online or physically until 2103 however he can host parties and events with the song playing. The only time Martin went along with this rule was when he played the intro of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin after Donald Trump's win of the 2017 presidential campaign.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The first track of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
A complication of all the leaked snippets of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
Track four of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.


References[edit | edit source]

  1. A Forbes YouTube video Last retrieved Jan 22, 18
  2. A Forbes article talking about the album Last retrieved Jan 22, 18
  3. A review about the album Last retrieved Jan 22, 18
  4. Another Forbes article talking about the album Last retrieved Jan 22, 18
  5. A news article detailing the sale of the ablum Last retrieved Jan 22, 18