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Wu-Tang’s Rare Copy Of “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” Can Finally Be Heard—With A Catch


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"The nearly-mythical Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, is essentially folklore at this point.

The sole copy of the project has been passed around like a hot potato since falling into the hands of incarcerated “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli several years ago. But now, according to The Guardian, those willing to shell out the money to fly to Tasmania (yes, in Australia) can hear the album for the first time.

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart has apparently acquired the album on loan from digital art collective Pleasr for its upcoming exhibition “Namedropping,” which will “explore status, celebrity and notoriety.” Its appearance at MONA will be the first time that the album has been loaned to a museum since the original sale.

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MONA will hold free, ticketed listening sessions from June 15-24, where members of the public can hear a “curated” 30-minute mix of the album, played from a personalized Wu-Tang PlayStation 1 inside MONA’s recording studio, Frying Pan.

“Every once in a while, an object on this planet possesses mystical properties that transcend its material circumstances,” Jarrod Rawlins, MONA’s director of curatorial affairs, said. “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is more than just an album, so when I was thinking about status, and what a transcendent namedrop could be, I knew I had to get it into this exhibition.”

Pleasr said it was “honored” to partner with MONA to support RZA’s vision for the album. It said in a statement, “Ten years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan had a bold vision to make a single copy album as a work of fine art. To ‘put it in an art gallery … make music become a living piece like a Mona Lisa or a sceptre from Egypt. With this single work of art, the Wu-Tang Clan’s intention was to redefine the meaning of music ownership and value in a world of digital streaming and commodification of music.”

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, widely considered one of the most valuable albums ever made, was recorded in secret between 2006 and 2013 and lives in a decorative silver box. It reportedly features contributions from all surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan—and curiously, two appearances from Cher.

The album’s creation was an attempt at illustrating the impact of streaming and piracy on the value of music. Wu-Tang producers Cilvaringz and RZA once described it as “a 400-year-old Renaissance-style approach to music” and said they hoped by “offering it as a commissioned commodity” it would “inspire and intensify urgent debates about the future of music.”


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The saga of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is comprised of many different chapters.

A single two-CD copy was pressed in 2014 and stored in a secured vault at the Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, then auctioned through Paddle8 auction house the following. year. A legal agreement with the purchaser stipulated that the album couldn’t be commercially exploited for 88 years (2103), although it can be played at listening parties.

Shkreli was the winning bidder at $2 million to many people’s chagrin. RZA explained the sale was complete before Shkreli’s controversial price hike of the anti-infective agent Daraprim. After learning Shkreli was behind the purchase, RZA said Cilvaringz and the Wu-Tang Clan donated a “significant portion” of the proceeds to charity, including the Children’s Literacy Society, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and TTAC, an institution focused on showcasing alternative cures for cancer.

The saga of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is comprised of many different chapters.

A single two-CD copy was pressed in 2014 and stored in a secured vault at the Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, then auctioned through Paddle8 auction house the following. year. A legal agreement with the purchaser stipulated that the album couldn’t be commercially exploited for 88 years (2103), although it can be played at listening parties.

Shkreli was the winning bidder at $2 million to many people’s chagrin. RZA explained the sale was complete before Shkreli’s controversial price hike of the anti-infective agent Daraprim. After learning Shkreli was behind the purchase, RZA said Cilvaringz and the Wu-Tang Clan donated a “significant portion” of the proceeds to charity, including the Children’s Literacy Society, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and TTAC, an institution focused on showcasing alternative cures for cancer."

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 3 weeks ago '06        #2
waytoomuch 
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do people really give af about a wu-tang album from 10yrs ago???
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it's not like it's dr.dre's detox that never came out
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 3 weeks ago '23        #3
Fredro Starr  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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This sh1t is just more proof how extra this group is
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also, gives them more credibility for GOAT group, bc who in the fvck has EVER done some sh1t like this in HipHop?
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RZA was like "Yea B, these n1ggaz gone fly to Australia to hear this crack, fvck they talmbout son!"
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 3 weeks ago '18        #4
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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They playing it on a ps1
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 3 weeks ago '23        #5
JetLifeSwag  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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lmao aint nobody cared about wu tang for 30 years

really says numbers that nobody from the hip hop community cared enough to buy the album and instead was beat to it by martin shkreli

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and now bought by some venture capital firms to stream to private audiences in australia lmao

hip hop heads going down bad
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 3 weeks ago '13        #6
uoeno  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x22
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should have did this in Shaolin
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 3 weeks ago '09        #7
Jet Jagu4r 
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Who gives af
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 3 weeks ago '15        #8
Hellmatic 
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 uoeno said 🔗
should have did this in Shaolin
i dont think wutang got any say in this. I admit only skimmed through the article tho, since i assumed they had no rights once they sold the album way back
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 3 weeks ago '21        #9
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 BrooklynDamien said 🔗
They playing it on a ps1
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On a Wu-Tang PS1
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GOATstation for the GOAT producer
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 3 weeks ago '21        #10
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Real art.

RZA is legendary.


And I'd love to hear the album over a showing of a Gordon Liu Shaw Brother's film.
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 3 weeks ago '05        #11
gregnice631 
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Wu members don't even support this album because they were tricked into making it.
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 3 weeks ago '12        #12
NahBX 
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Legal snippet.
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 3 weeks ago '22        #13
Leroy N Skillet 
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Yall quick to get a passport and go see bi#ches.. Yall fix'n to fly out to support the WU??
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 3 weeks ago '19        #14
World Wide Pleb 
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This sh1t is about to leak big time, just watch

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 3 weeks ago '07        #15
killahkazi 
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This concept is still dumb as fu#k to me
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The whole "value" of this "art" is based on it's the secrecy. The value of physical art is based off of the quality and meaning. I've never been to France to see the Mona Lisa in person, but I can look up what it looks like and form and opinion. Even then, there's still a long a$s fu#king line to ser that picture every day at the museum because the quality of the picture means something.
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This Wu-Tang album could be 50% fart noises for all we know. People are spending all this money for a piece of "art" that barely anyone knows the quality too. Pressing a 1 of 1 copy of something is a cool concept, and so is recording the album in a way that the clan doesn't even know what the full album sounds like, but not letting people know how good the quality of the album is, then expecting them to shell out a ridiculous amount of money just to figure out is dumb
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Last edited by killahkazi; 05-27-2024 at 05:12 PM..
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 3 weeks ago '23        #16
Fredro Starr  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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 Leroy N Skillet said 🔗
Yall quick to get a passport and go see bi#ches.. Yall fix'n to fly out to support the WU??
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 3 weeks ago '06        #17
senimsilla 
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 3 weeks ago '16        #18
Terrordactyl 
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imagine flying all the way to Tanzmania and it's some mid and anyone checking for wu in 2024 deserves exactly this

Shkreli himself said the album was trash lol
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 3 weeks ago '21        #19
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Terrordactyl said 🔗
imagine flying all the way to Tanzmania and it's some mid and anyone checking for wu in 2024 deserves exactly this

Shkreli himself said the album was trash lol
Wu projects haven't been good since RZA ditched the iconic Wu sound.

They rope us back in by capitalizing on the little hope us Wu fans have left that we can get that signature sound again
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sh1t don't even make sense as to why the beats have to be different too. None of these guys became amazing songwriters in the last 20 years. They're not industry leaders on writing hooks. Their lyrical content is the same. Why should the beats be radically different?


Last edited by Tlatoani; 05-27-2024 at 06:04 PM..
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 3 weeks ago '10        #20
Kofi  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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False scarcity
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 3 weeks ago '16        #21
russisblack  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 World Wide Pleb said 🔗
This sh1t is about to leak big time, just watch

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 3 weeks ago '11        #22
SpikeSpiegel88 
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fu#kin Cilvaringz
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 3 weeks ago '17        #23
THExTAKEOVER 
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I'll wait for the leak.
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Top 10 most propped recently  3 weeks ago '22        #24
Demencio Benson  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x34
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 Terrordactyl said 🔗

Shkreli himself said the album was trash lol
Imagine believing an opinion from a weirdo like him?

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@🔗

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You actually propped his goofy a$s comment?

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 3 weeks ago '21        #25
2Pac Cares  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Them Wu n1ggas always been weird to me
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