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How Fans Can Hear (Some Of) Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’—And Why It’s So Rare (2024)

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How Fans Can Hear (Some Of) Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’—And Why It’s So Rare? ›

A five-minute snippet from the elusive Wu-Tang Clan album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” is available to fans who shell out $1 to the art collective that owns the only physical copy—with each dollar accelerating its planned 2103 release—while fans in Tasmania can hear 30 minutes worth of the album at listening parties ...

Has anyone ever heard Once Upon a Time in Shaolin? ›

On June 9, 2024, Shkreli livestreamed Once Upon a Time in Shaolin to an audience of approximately five thousand via the social network X. It was the first time it was made available for public listening. PleasrDAO sued Shkreli for playing it without permission, arguing that he had diminished its value.

Who owns Wu-Tang Clan Once Upon a Time in Shaolin? ›

The surreptitious Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin maintains its advocacy for valuing music in the digital age. Under the ownership of PleasrDAO, the digital art collective, the album is now available to the public as an NFT for at least $1, highlighting a pivotal shift from its exclusive past.

What is so special about the Wu-Tang Clan? ›

The Wu-Tang Clan was assembled of nine MCs, and they completely reinvented the standards of a hip-hop crew. Their debut album was designed to be an impactful and assertive to establish the band as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry; “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” did just that.

What does RZA stand for? ›

He created a backronym for "RZA", stating that the name stood for "Ruler, Zig-Zag-Zig, Allah" which further translated into "Ruler, Knowledge-Wisdom-Understanding, Allah" when using the Supreme Alphabet. Wu-Tang Clan released its first single, "Protect Ya Neck", in December 1992.

Why is there only one copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin? ›

Recorded in secret over six years by trailblazing hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was designed to be a piece of fine art. Only a single CD copy exists – and with it comes a legal stipulation that the owner cannot publicly release the 31 tracks until 2103.

Who got paid for Once Upon a Time in Shaolin? ›

Shkreli paid US$2m in 2015 for Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and gave it up to partially satisfy a US$7.4m forfeiture order after his 2017 conviction for defrauding hedge fund investors and scheming to defraud investors in a drugmaker.

Is Wu-Tang Clan respected? ›

Wu-Tang's monumental debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, and the group is held as one of the most influential hip hop groups in history.

What religion is Wu-Tang Clan? ›

Hip-hop icons @RZA and @officialcappadonna from Wu-Tang Clan have embraced Islam in Mecca/Medina, transitioning from 5%ers to Al-Islam under Sheikh. Celebrating their spiritual growth and Sheikh Khalid's commitment to spreading Al-Islam.

What does GZA stand for? ›

The Real GZA

It's no surprise the meaning of GZA's nickname is similar to RZA considering the two are cousins. GZA stands for "God, Zig-Zag-Zig, Allah" which is fitting considering GZA was the spiritual leader of the group, according to Vice. GZA was born Gary E. Grice and is a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Why did Rihanna name her son RZA? ›

The name is after the famous Wu-Tang rapper (who pronounces it “Rizza”), which we know because Rihanna has stepped out in Wu-Tang t-shirts. And on the baby's first birthday, Rocky confirmed the connection, writing, “'WU TANG IZ 4 […]

How much did Once Upon a Time in Shaolin cost? ›

$4.75 million. That's how much Pleasr paid for “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” first paying $4 million in 2021 and an additional $750,000 in 2024.

How much did Martin Shkreli pay for the Wu-Tang album? ›

While the original reports suggested that it wouldn't be sold at auction, in September of 2015, it was. A few months later, it was revealed that Martin Shkreli won the bidding at somewhere around $2 million.

Who was the last member of Wu Tang? ›

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Masta Killa was the last member to join the Wu-Tang Clan; consequently he did not appear on the group's debut single "Protect Ya Neck". He was also the only member who was not a rapper at the time of the group's formation.

Who is still alive from Wu-Tang? ›

The alive members are Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Raekwon, RZA, GZA ,Method Man, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck and U-God. Can you tell all the members of the Wu-Tang Clan apart?

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