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…
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.