Martin Shkreli May Have Paid $2 Million For A Fake Wu-Tang Album
Turns out that $2 million Wu-Tang album Martin Shkreli purchased might be fake.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the Wu-Tang Clan album Shkreli purchased in 2015 for $2 million, is not an actual Wu-Tang album.
“It’s not an authorized Wu-Tang Clan album. It never was,” Domingo Neris, the manager of the rapper U-God, said.
In that same report James Ellis, the manager of core Wu-Tang member Method Man, also spoke on the album saying that the material belonged to another project.
“…when we did the verses, it was for a Cilvaringz album. How it became a Wu-Tang album from there? We have no knowledge of that,” Ellis said.
It is unknown how Once Upon a Time in Shaolin became a Wu-Tang album but according to Cilvaringz and RZA, when they were auctioning the album they made it with the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan in an effort to “restore the value of music at a time when listeners can download almost any release without paying.” The members of the group recorded their parts separately, with Cilvaringz and RZA being the only two producers that heard the album in its entirety.
However, Neris claimed that Cilvaringz combined the verses from Wu-Tang members who he recruited for his own projects without getting permission from the entire group.
On Wednesday, Shkreli was arrested by a federal judge for a disturbing Facebook post in which he offered people $5,000 for a lock of Hillary Clinton‘s hair.