As Wu-Tang Clan gets ready to auction off ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ on Paddle8, it seems like legendary member Method Man hasn’t quite been kept in the loop on the details of the one-of-a-kind album’s release.
Sitting down with XXL earlier this week, Meth was surprised to learn that RZA had implemented a copyright agreement which effectively prevents public access to Wu’s latest release for 88 years. Understandably this didn’t go down too well, with Meth having some choice words for the restrictive terms.
“Fuck that album,” he said. “I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, fuck that album. Straight up.”
He then goes on to explain, “I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, fuck that. Give it to the people, if they want to hear the shit, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a fuck; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the fucking music out. Stop playing with the public, man.”
RZA took to Twitter to clarify, suggesting that rather than restrict public access, the agreement was a measure put in place to regulate the corporate proliferation of the album.
— RZA! (@RZA) March 5, 2015
Method Man’s ‘Methlab’ album is on the cards for later in the year, chances are it will be a lot easier to get your hands on a copy.