When Martin Shkreli was arrested by federal agents for fraud this morning, the first thought in your head was probably something along the lines of “The fucker deserves it.” The second might have been “But what’s going to happen to Once Upon a Time in Shaolin?” So far, the answer is “nothing.”
The world wilted a little bit after learning that price-gouging pharmaceutical executive and human cesspool Martin Shkreli bought an impossibly rare Wu-Tang album for $2 million. But guess what. Wu-Tang reportedly wrote a brilliant clause into the sales contract that would enable them to get it back.
I offer my deepest apologies to Wu-Tang fans. The buyer of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, a record-slash-art-project of which only a single copy will ever be sold, is now owned by a huge douchebag. The millionaire buyer’s identity has been revealed as pill price gouger Martin Shkreli.
They sold it.
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA started working with speaker manufacturer Boombotix in mid-2014, and he says he wanted make more than just another branded product. "I just had a bigger idea than sticking my logo on something," he told me at CES in Las Vegas. "I thought we could make this great product a little greater." His…
Okay, maybe that subtitle isn't real, and maybe the first Man with the Iron Fists wasn't the cinematic masterpiece we were hoping for. But it seems wrong somehow to ignore any martial arts film produced by a member of the Wu-Tang Clan (besides, this time someone else is directing it).
If you're wondering what this image is, yes: it's a silhouette of a chocobo with the iconic Wu-Tang "W" cut out. And yes, that can only mean one thing: someone finally mashed up key verses from the Wu-Tang Clan with songs from Final Fantasy VI. The end result is about as whacky as you'd expect.
You've heard of rare records before, but what Wu-Tang Clan is planning for its stealthy double album, The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is unprecedented. The legendary rap group will sell only one copy, encased in an engraved silver and nickel box. It will be very, very expensive.
At a recent lecture at the University of Toronto, GZA "Genius" of the Wu Tang Clan gave students a sneak preview of his upcoming cosmology-themed album "Dark Matter" by spitting some scientifically accurate rhymes about the Big Bang, the "fastest growing infant since the time of birth."
At New York Comic Con, io9 met up with famed comic scribe Grant Morrison. We picked his brain about such topics as the RZA, Batman and Superman's S&M games, and that time Wonder Woman built a sneaky sculpture of herself out of cured ham.
Witness the first, unapologetically over-the-top trailer for the RZA-directed, Quentin Tarantino-approved kung fu flick The Man With The Iron Fists. In the film — which hits theaters later this year — sees Lucy Liu killing feudal Chinese warriors with a fan, Russell Crowe moonlighting as a cowboy, and a character who…
Neil Degrasse Tyson and Wu-Tang Clan founder GZA (Gary Grice) are teaming up to make a album about space, which will no doubt bomb atomically throughout. Two geniuses in a room together, rapping about the cosmos? Our minds are blown. Updated.
Starting tomorrow, the Toy Fair 2012 trade show will engulf Midtown Manhattan in a tide of roiling plastic. Points of articulation will blot out the sky, and reality itself will polymorph into one cosmically absurd play set.
Basically there is nothing more sublime than this. RZA teams with Eli Roth to bring you hard core kung fu - set in "another world - where everybody fights!"
At first glance, your average Biggie verse doesn't have much in common with Isaac Asimov. But when you look closer, the connections between hip hop and scifi really aren't so hard to find. Here's a primer, with five visual examples.