RZA Doesn't Regret Selling Wu Tang's $2 Million Dollar Album To Martin Shkreli Which Is VERY Telling
Uproxx- First things first, RZA talks about his first meeting with Shkreli. This is before all of the arrests and criticism in the media, a point where RZA wasn’t aware who he was discussing this album with:
“I met him, we had a brief lunch, and he did mention his love of hip-hop,” RZA said in the interview with Bloomberg. “I didn’t get a chance to read him. We talked briefly about where he comes from, briefly about what Wu-Tang means.”
He didn’t get a chance to read him, which is likely breaking some sort of Wu-Tang rule. RZA growing soft in these later, more financially sound years. If he did get a good read on Shkreli, he might’ve saw this coming:
“I bought the most expensive album in the history of mankind and f—ing RZA is talking s–t behind my back and online in plain sight,” Shkreli said in a Dec. 16 interview with the publication HipHopDX. “If I hand you $2 million, f—ing show me some respect.”
“If Mr. Shkreli feels philanthropic, he has the power to do something really cool, you know what I mean?” RZA said. “He could do something that would allow more people to hear the record.” He suggested releasing the album publicly, or letting it tour in museums.
I, like so many others, was pretty upset when I found out that the vaunted Wu Tang album ended up in the hands of the worst person on the entire planet. The 90's hip hop fan in me was absolutely crushed. If Wu Tang was really for the children how could they let their historical work get sold to a person that's trying to pull the plug on bed ridden parents by increasing the price of AIDS and cancer medication upwards of 7,000%?
Well, fret not my friends, because if RZA's interview told me anything it's that this Wu Tang album is absolute trash. I don't want to make assumptions, because I have been such a fan of the RZA, the GZA, Inspectah Deck, etc., etc., all these years, but if they are cashing out a $2 million dollar check and letting the world's biggest troll keep their prized work then their prized work was nothing more than a sham from the beginning. Honestly, we probably already should have known that. We all have a favorite musician who has, at some point, alluded to previously unreleased music, and you know what remains constant when they do? The fans always think that music is potentially the best music they have ever created. That is, until they hear it and it sounds like a audio abortion. Let's put it this way, if artists think their content is good they make it available to the masses. If it's sitting in their garage at the bottom of some crate then it's probably pretty shitty. I couldn't be more certain that's what happened with this Wu Tang album. I mean, the thing comes with a contract that says the world can't hear it for 88 years. That's the highest shit I have ever heard in my life. I bet these goons were sitting around during a blunt sesh and just threw this crap together. You see RZA in that interview? That screamed "whatever bro, we made millions on that garbage". You think that would be his mindset if it was actually good? You only care what happens to your work if you are proud of it. RZA was selling the SOLE copy of his group's album and the extent of the conversation was that he loves hip hop and the meaning of Wu Tang? He didn't even bother to do a Google search?!? That's like selling your dog to someone and not making sure they have a feasible home for it first. RZA's probably glad that Marti Shkreli bought it. That obnoxious little asshole is too petty to let others hear it, and in turn, it will never ever actually lose it's allure.